The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
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.
Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always make an effort to give people more than they expect.
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.
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.
Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.
Male figure skating is different than female figure skating; we're not America's sweetheart.
I'm very accessible. I don't get into this ego thing.
I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater, you know.
I don't think most teachers realize how much impact they have.
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