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.
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.
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.
Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
I think for me it was a natural transition to move full time into acting rather than figure skating.
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.
Figure skating is theatrical. It's artistic. It's elegant. It's extremely athletic. And there's a very specific audience for that.
At school I fought sometimes. Kids were saying that figure skating is sport for the girls. Then I had to prove them wrong.
It's everything for me. Without figure skating, I am nothing.
High sticking, tripping, slashing, spearing, charging, hooking, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, roughing......everything else is just figure skating.
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.
I was trying to figure out what a memory feels like.
I think everyone is trying to figure out who they are and their own thing.
There are a couple of projects that are sort of on the plate; I haven't closed any of them yet. I'm trying to figure out which one is going to be the best one for me.
Ah, well, do I wish that we lived in a world where gender didn't figure so prominently? Of course. Do I even think about myself as a woman when I go to make art? Of course not.
When we can figure out a way to really tour and make a profit, then we'll do it again.
Generally I finish a first draft in 2-6 months, then I set it aside for a while so that when I come back to it I can read it with fresh eyes and figure out how to improve it.
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