Figure skating is a mixture of art and sport.
When I get up, I have a cup of coffee, surf the Internet, then do a half-hour run.
I can't say, 'It doesn't matter if you win or lose.' It's not true. You go in to win.
Sometimes I even now feel like a stranger in my country. But I knew there would be problems because I had seen the world as a skater. And now? A lot of people in eastern Germany have lost jobs, rents went up, food costs went up, unemployment went to 20 percent. Freedom is good, but it is not easy.
Sometimes, success almost haunts you. You want to be the best at everything you do and know you have to work hard.
I'm the sort of person who needs a big mountain in front of me to climb.
Too many times women try to be competitive with each other. We should help support each other, rather than try to be better than each other.
When you're young, you don't think very far ahead. You just think in terms of the next day, the next week, the next competition. You don't think about injuries that could threaten your long-term health.
Almost nothing is presented to you on a silver platter. You have to really work for it.
Every man prefers to look at a well-shaped woman instead of a rubber ball.
Skating taught me to set a goal and to block out other things and just focus on this one thing.
I never had a serious injury that kept me out of a big competition. Now everyone has injuries - to their feet or their knees or their backs.
I never really like to skate in an empty ice rink; I always need the attention of an audience.
I want to see sunrises in the mountains. You never get to see such things enough in a lifetime. I want to see more.
I was an athlete. And I proved I didn't win just because I was pretty. I was good, too.
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