Memories just get richer with time.
I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater, you know.
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
I don't think most teachers realize how much impact they have.
But I never really thought that I would be extraordinarily successful at skating, it's just something that happened, you know.
And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to kind of be competitive at something, without having to be big.
And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
From the fall of October, 1980 to March, 1984 I never lost a competition.
Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
I graduated a the top of my class in the '84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.
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.
I was more interested in skating and the girls and traveling than I was in calculus.
When you turn professional, you become an entertainer, and like every other entertainer, you don't want to get a bad review.
Rationality is not one of this industry's attributes.
I was nine-years-old when I first put on skates.
Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
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.
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.
I don't want to look back-I want to keep looking ahead. I'd hate for my defining moment to be my past.
Male figure skating is different than female figure skating; we're not America's sweetheart.
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.
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.
Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Fame is a very confusing thing, because you are recognized by a lot of people that you've never seen before, and they're at a great advantage.
I'm very accessible. I don't get into this ego thing.
So as an amateur Olympic competitor I loved criticism, because it made me better. But now as a professional I don't really know how to channel it or where to take it, so I don't take it quite as well.
That's what makes the Ryder Cup in golf so much better than the Masters or the U.S. Open. To be a part of something that is not about personal achievement, but about representing everyone and sharing it with the whole country, it's wonderful.
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.
Refined indifference is a sports psychology precept: train like there's no tomorrow and then accept whatever happens. Once you step on the field realize that whatever is meant to be is meant to be.
Each movement is only learned after you've perfected the one before it.
Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always make an effort to give people more then they expect.
A bad attitude is the only true handicap.
The Olympics in '80 was phenomenal. It was my favorite memory of all competitive events, because it was brand new and it was exciting.