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.
It is a process of finding the right music then planning a costume to fit that style of music.
I worked also, doing things such as our paper route and, later on, waitressing.
My dad worked several jobs to pay for my expense in skating.
It was always fun to skate with Paul Wylie and Paul Martini.
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 parents never pressured me to skate. They always said I could quit if I wanted to. They only expected me to skate when they had already paid for the expensive lessons. But, otherwise they said I could do what I wanted to do.
Even now I can't describe why I love skating so much.
I like to try all kinds of styles so it always challenges me and forces me to try to look different.
People are really sick of seeing the winner not win and what the public thinks should happen.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I get to see the different sides of skating now which involves not only competing, but entertainment.
I won my first medal when I was nine years old. It was at the Boston Open.
I started skating when I was six years old.
My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing.
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