And I love what I do and I love skating.
Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.
Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. Everyone has bad stretches and real successes. Either way, you have to be careful not to lose your confidence or get to confident.
It was never about winning medals or being famous.
People would ask me why I was doing what I was doing - but I always told them that I just loved to skate. There was no other explanation.
But it seems that the judging maybe they shouldn't at least see the practices all week long. That can taint the way they go into the judging and the outlook of what's going to happen, instead of just watching those four minutes and judging on those minutes alone.
My dad worked several jobs to pay for my expense in skating.
I worked also, doing things such as our paper route and, later on, waitressing.
It is a process of finding the right music then planning a costume to fit that style of music.
I started skating when I was six years old.
I won my first medal when I was nine years old. It was at the Boston Open.
I get to see the different sides of skating now which involves not only competing, but entertainment.
I think it's a lot harder for the pros to have a long career in ice dance and in pairs. It seems the singles have a little bit of a longer career.
It was always fun to skate with Paul Wylie and Paul Martini.
I took group lessons at a rink near my home. We first had to learn how to stand up on the ice wearing skates. Eventually we learned to move forward, but soon found out that it was not that easy to stop! So that was our next important lesson.
I was a tomboy who liked to play rough just like my two older brothers. That's probably why I liked the athletic part of skating - especially the jumping!
There is no age, height, or weight requirement to skate. It is good exercise no matter what your age is. If you want to be competitive, most start young. But, I practice with many adult competitors.
I do not have any pets. We travel too much.
My life has been a whirlwind since the '94 Olympics.
One of the things I like best about the Halloween show is that I change outfits about six times in the show. It is a lot of fun to play the different characters.
Falling down became second nature and it really didn't bother me.
My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing.
But after a few minutes of convincing myself that I really wanted to go - telling myself that I love skating and that my coach is there waiting for me - I would get up and go. And my mother would always get up and eat breakfast with me!
Even now, my husband Jerry, our son Matthew and I live only five minutes away from my parents home, and my brothers live about ten minutes away. It's been great having such a supportive family.
It wasn't always easy getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning to go to the rink. Sometimes I wanted to just go back to sleep.
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