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" A coach told my mum I had talent and I would make a very good skater. "
" I like to be just an athlete, but if I go to competition and compete, I love to be a star, maybe. "
" What motivated me is skating is something I am best at and I love the most. "
" I'm not feeling much pressure for the Olympics because I think I already have done many things in my career. I will try to enjoy my second Olympics. "
" People expect that I'll be just perfect on ice, and that's not the case. I make mistakes, too. When I review my performance, sometimes I feel I did awful. That's the whole part of the process of what people see when I'm performing. "
" Peace is what enables development and is critical in providing opportunities to young people. Efforts to preserve peace are absolutely vital in bringing prosperity and hope for the future. "
" I have been compared to Mao since we were both junior skaters. We've felt the rivalry since then, so we wanted to avoid each other. However, she has been my motivation. "
" I always thought the Vancouver Olympics would be my last destination, but I'm extending it to Sochi... I want to start anew, not as an Olympic medalist but just as yet another figure skater. "
" Korean audiences are amazing. The fans scream so loud, and that really surprises skaters when they first perform in my shows. "
" I love figure skating. It's what I'm good at. "
" Building a better life for every child is a lot harder than becoming a world champion. Both goals take dedication and commitment. "
" During my early skating years, there were not many ice rinks in Korea, and even the few rinks that existed, most of them were public. "
" My coaches have told me my muscles and body structure are perfect for skating. "
" I always wanted to be Olympic champion and do clean programs. "
" I think I'm a born athlete. My coaches have told me my muscles and body structure are perfect for skating. "
" When I was young, many people didn't know what figure skating was. Some who knew of it thought of it as dancing on ice. But, as I entered international competitions and got good results, many people got to know more about it and came to cheer for me. "
" Many people talk about winning two straight gold medals, but I'm not focusing on defending the title. "
" I've been dreaming of winning gold medal in the Olympics. "
" If, by any chance, I get to perform, then it would be a great honor for me. Especially because performing in the Olympics in your country doesn't happen to many skaters. "
" Watching previous figure skaters, I always wondered why they cried after their performance. "
" I decided to host my show 'Kiss and Cry' hoping that people actually want to participate and feel more familiar with figure skating. When I see these people enjoying themselves, it's a great joy to me. Although some of them get hurt once in a while, they enjoy it a lot, and I hope the show makes the viewers want to give it a try. "
" If I give up my career as a skater simply because I fear I won't show my best performance, I would be really sorry later in life. "
" If I walk in the street in Korea, I am recognized. "
" Because winning a gold medal had been a dream of mine since a young age, I needed to empty my mind during the preparation for the Olympics by telling myself that it would be OK not to win a gold medal. "
" The Sochi Games is not only my second Olympics, but the 'retirement stage' for me, so I want to have a greater experience than any other competition before. In the past, I had strong concepts for short programs and lyrical ones for the long. But this time, it's the other way around. "
" Even in the hardest circumstances, dreams can give you the courage to live, and I hope I can share that message with children in need. "
" Where there is peace, there is sports; where there is sports, there is peace. Peace is what allows us, especially young people, to dream, go after one's goals and prepare you for the next challenge in life. "
" After I won the Olympics, like any gold medalist, I did feel some emptiness in my heart. I did think about coming back to the ice for a long time. What motivated me is skating is something I am best at and I love the most. So I want to give it one more try. "
" I had trouble finding my next goal after winning a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics, but the interest of the public and my fans in me got even bigger. I wanted to get away from the pressure, even for a single day. "
" The thought of having the expectations of the whole country on my shoulders worried and unnerved me. "
" The Olympics is the biggest competition for all athletes and an unforgettable event. "