I'd try to channel my nervous energy in a positive way into strength and endurance. It didn't always work.
Having achieved my own dreams, I want to give to kids who are less fortunate, who struggle with everyday obstacles. I want to give them something positive in their lives: support.
I don't mind the sparkle - I think it's kind of a tradition in skating. I don't think the men really need sparkles, but for the women it's part of the glamour of our sport.
Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players.
One of my mottos not only just in skating but in life in general and I try to enforce it as well, is like no regrets and just like going for it.
I've realized how precious life is. When I was younger, I was more adventurous. I felt invincible. I was game for everything. As a mom, I don't want to get injured because then I can't take care of my kids.
Winning in women's singles felt surreal. I felt that everything I had done - the hard work, the tough times - was all worth it.
Before turning pro, I would never have just left my skates sitting in the locker room unattended.
This experience has been once in a lifetime.
I learned to put 100 percent into what you're doing. I learned about setting goals for yourself, knowing where you want to be and taking small steps toward those goals. I learned about adversity and how to get past it.
Being an athlete, you know how to train and prepare your body for a performance and you're able to do it under pressure.
Training for the Olympics was a lifelong endeavor and took many years.
They say, once you have a child, your heart is forever outside your body. I totally understand that now.
Growing up as an athlete, I started skating very young. My parents didn't know anything about the sport, so they went with the flow. I had two great coaches who gave great advice and gave guidelines for my parents. My parents let the coaches dictate what was going on on the ice.
At 6 years old, the ice became a place for me to express myself. Because I was so shy off the ice, it became my safe haven, with music and freedom and self-expression. That was my emotional outlet.
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