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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Figure skating is theatrical. It's artistic. It's elegant. It's extremely athletic. And there's a very specific audience for that.
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.
Skating is big in Chicago. There's a lot of hockey; a lot of the boys play hockey. And figure skating is big.
At school I fought sometimes. Kids were saying that figure skating is sport for the girls. Then I had to prove them wrong.
Literally falling on the ice and having to pick yourself up in front of thousands of people is not an easy thing to do. The thing that you learn is to pick yourself back up, to learn from your mistakes.
To me, figure skating is a diving sport. It's a sport made by the gods. It inspires people to cry, it inspires people to cheer, it pulls the emotions out of people.
I didn't lose the gold. I won the silver.
...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.
Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.
I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater, you know.
No one told me about boys. I had to figure it out myself. The first thing I learned was that sometimes they grow slower than women mentally.
I know that, in hockey, the object of the game is simple in that you have to get the puck into the net. With figure skating, it's not as simple, and there is a ton of work that goes into it.
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