The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.
Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.
Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.
A bad attitude is the only true handicap.
I don't want to look back-I want to keep looking ahead. I'd hate for my defining moment to be my past.
Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always make an effort to give people more then they expect.
I was more interested in skating and the girls and traveling than I was in calculus.
Memories just get richer with time.
Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
I just try to touch people's hearts in a way through skating, so they're not just witnessing a performance, they're feeling a performance and they're a part of it.
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.
I started skating and I kind of liked it because I could run circles around the guys that wouldn't pick me to play baseball.
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
Each movement is only learned after you've perfected the one before it.
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.
When you're expected to win and you have the press saying that you are going to win the Olympic gold medal, and you're the only sure thing in the Olympics, it can undermine your confidence.
And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
Male figure skating is different than female figure skating; we're not America's sweetheart.
I'm very accessible. I don't get into this ego thing.
Rationality is not one of this industry's attributes.
The Olympics in '80 was phenomenal. It was my favorite memory of all competitive events, because it was brand new and it was exciting.
I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater, you know.
When you turn professional, you become an entertainer, and like every other entertainer, you don't want to get a bad review.
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