One shouldn't be afraid to lose; this is sport. One day you win; another day you lose. Of course, everyone wants to be the best. This is normal. This is what sport is about. This is why I love it.
Actually I dance really well on the floor.
First, I have to thank God for giving me the gift that he did as well as a second chance for a better life.
I skate now for fun and to keep myself in shape.
my mother will never leave me. We're together. She will always stay in my heart.
I took some time off to enjoy my life, but figure skating is something I love and something I will continue doing for the rest of my life.
Also, I gained lots of weight between ages 18-20 because I was drinking alcohol at night. Alcohol has lots of calories and that does not help.
I wish I could compete again, but my good feeling is, these competitions are better as exhibitions.
I want kids to enjoy skating and I think it's a great workout.
I use Graf Edmonton for boots and John Wilson blades.
One of my favorite vacation places is Miami, because of the people, the water and the beach - of course - and the architecture on Miami Beach is so wonderful.
I like to listen to different kinds of music - it just depends on my mood. I love Madonna, Russian singers... I like the Rolling Stones a lot!
I have a lot of different stages in my life when training has been easy or hard. Now, it seems that I have been training for so long that it has become almost second nature to me.
Olympic Gold changed me and my life dramatically. I became a celebrity overnight and people see me as a famous skater, not a real person.
I don't care what the critics say or think because I care for and love my fans.
And still I'm not completely happy with my skating. I always feel I can do more and climb higher.
Professional competitions are overrated.
Now, I don't make decisions as fast as I used to.
No, I'm not coaching. It's a huge responsibility to coach somebody.
I'd like to consider myself a versatile skater and I like to skate to different kinds of music.
I wish I could say it's easy, but honestly, to get ready for a big championship is not as easy as it seems.
...Competitive Skaters must be prepared for a lot of work, challenges, self-discipline, and motivation. The desire must be there, but more importantly, your love for the sport.
People really do spend a lot of money on their pets - sometimes more then themselves.
Pairs skating and singles are two different things. Although some skaters have achieved this successfully, it is a very difficult transition. You're looking at double work.
My weaknesses are my jumps. The reason is that although I land them in practice, when I actually compete or perform, I should let my body go and stabilize my mind better. Also, I need to work on not letting negative thoughts and emotions get to me on the ice.
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