Without strength and courage it's really hard to perform at the highest levels of international figure skating, because you're alone on the ice and you only have seven minutes over two nights to prove yourself.
Figure skating is a mixture of art and sport.
And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
Figure skating is an unlikely Olympic event but its good television. It's sort of a combination of gymnastics and ballet. A little sexy too which doesn't hurt.
And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to kind of be competitive at something, without having to be big.
Male figure skating is different than female figure skating; we're not America's sweetheart.
Probably the '86 nationals. That was my first real national title and first real statement I ever made in figure skating, and my life changed after I returned.
I think for me it was a natural transition to move full time into acting rather than figure skating.
Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
Ice dance should not be seen as a rigid conformist form of figure skating. There is a great deal of freedom and originality to be had.
I think skating helped me find myself.
What was really funny is that as I got older all those guys who called me a sissy in junior high school wanted me to be their best friend because they wanted to meet all the girls that I knew in figure skating.
Skating is big in Chicago. There's a lot of hockey; a lot of the boys play hockey. And figure skating is big.
It's everything for me. Without figure skating, I am nothing.
Figure skating is theatrical. It's artistic. It's elegant. It's extremely athletic. And there's a very specific audience for that.
High sticking, tripping, slashing, spearing, charging, hooking, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, roughing......everything else is just figure skating.
At school I fought sometimes. Kids were saying that figure skating is sport for the girls. Then I had to prove them wrong.
I didn't lose the gold. I won the silver.
Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.
One thing about skating that I don't think people focus on enough is the music factor. The music is a huge component of figure skating. It can dictate not only the choreography but the emotion. If it's not the right music it can ruin a performance.
I was trying to figure out what to do next, I'd been accumulating ideas for productivity tools - software people could use every day, particularly to help organize their lives.
Some fine day, Democrats may figure out how to get on the right side of the value divide - how to define America as a place of the common good and not a playground of the strong.
Yancy is actually a Native-American name, but I'm Irish. Go figure.
Every citizen has to figure out what kind of government he or she wants.
I always write with music. It takes me a while to figure out the right piece of music for what I'm working on. Once I figure it out, that's the only thing I'll play.
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