One shouldn't be afraid to lose; this is sport. One day you win; another day you lose. Of course, everyone wants to be the best. This is normal. This is what sport is about. This is why I love it.
Actually I dance really well on the floor.
First, I have to thank God for giving me the gift that he did as well as a second chance for a better life.
I skate now for fun and to keep myself in shape.
I have a lot of different stages in my life when training has been easy or hard. Now, it seems that I have been training for so long that it has become almost second nature to me.
And still I'm not completely happy with my skating. I always feel I can do more and climb higher.
I don't care what the critics say or think because I care for and love my fans.
I'd like to consider myself a versatile skater and I like to skate to different kinds of music.
Professional competitions are overrated.
Olympic Gold changed me and my life dramatically. I became a celebrity overnight and people see me as a famous skater, not a real person.
my mother will never leave me. We're together. She will always stay in my heart.
I want kids to enjoy skating and I think it's a great workout.
I use Graf Edmonton for boots and John Wilson blades.
I took some time off to enjoy my life, but figure skating is something I love and something I will continue doing for the rest of my life.
Also, I gained lots of weight between ages 18-20 because I was drinking alcohol at night. Alcohol has lots of calories and that does not help.
Now, I don't make decisions as fast as I used to.
No, I'm not coaching. It's a huge responsibility to coach somebody.
I come to Fashion Week events in New York City twice a year.
I wish I could say it's easy, but honestly, to get ready for a big championship is not as easy as it seems.
...Competitive Skaters must be prepared for a lot of work, challenges, self-discipline, and motivation. The desire must be there, but more importantly, your love for the sport.
People really do spend a lot of money on their pets - sometimes more then themselves.
Pairs skating and singles are two different things. Although some skaters have achieved this successfully, it is a very difficult transition. You’re looking at double work.
My weaknesses are my jumps. The reason is that although I land them in practice, when I actually compete or perform, I should let my body go and stabilize my mind better. Also, I need to work on not letting negative thoughts and emotions get to me on the ice.
I wish I could compete again, but my good feeling is, these competitions are better as exhibitions.
One of my favorite vacation places is Miami, because of the people, the water and the beach - of course - and the architecture on Miami Beach is so wonderful.
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