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" Cycling's primarily a pushing motion, and skiing is more pulling, so it kind of balances out the body. "
" I started doing sports when I was 13 and competitively doing sports - where I was actually training - when I was 17. "
" I definitely went through a period where I don't want to say I hated myself, but I hated what I saw in the mirror. I would try to cover it up, and it wasn't until I started doing sports - until after London 2012 - that I kind of started getting more of that confidence in my body and appreciating my body. "
" I use Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC Cream in place of foundation post-workout. I absolutely love that it's quick, easy, and something I can use on the go. It evens out my skin tone, provides SPF 15 protection, and leaves my skin feeling breathable, healthy, and moisturized. "
" I can go days without eating if I don't think about food. Your mind, to protect itself, learns not to pay attention to that hunger feeling. "
" I'm a coffee lover. "
" The biggest challenge during competition is keeping my real legs warm with clothing, because I have poor circulation in the tissue around the amputated areas. "
" My mom literally saved my life. I wasn't supposed to make it out of the orphanage. "
" Growing up in a very poor orphanage in Ukraine, there wasn't much food. "
" I never thought I'd be able to go back to Ukraine. "
" Time trialing is one of those things that you've got to train for... Being a new rider, it's still really hard for me to know what's the most efficient gear for me to be in. The road race is probably more exciting, in my opinion, because it's a lot faster pace, and people are constantly attacking. "
" I don't know why, but I love sunflowers, and I just have this vivid memory of being in a field of sunflowers and how they felt like trees. They felt so tall. "
" I was missing the main weight-bearing bone in both legs. And the left leg, I didn't have a full knee. It was a floating knee. I had six toes. My hands were webbed, and I also have one kidney. I don't have a full bicep on my right side. Thank God my hair didn't get ruined. "
" Every single race that I get on the podium in biathlon, I'm shocked. "
" I was a troublemaker. "
" I am so happy I have been able to channel all the things that I went through when I was younger and make them into something positive. "
" It's hard to understand the athlete's lifestyle. You literally eat, sleep, train. You go to training camps in the winter where there is no Internet, you can't make phone calls. "
" I could use a little more body, but I'm happy with it. "
" When I ski, I take both of my legs off and get into a sit ski: a ski with a custom seat that has been molded for me. I use my core and arms to propel myself on snow with help from ski poles. "
" I never in a million years thought I would be able to be a Paralympic athlete. "
" I'm a person that, once I start something, I can't just quit it. "
" When I first had my legs amputated, it was hard for me to be positive and feel pretty. Many people don't know that someone with a disability can be strong and beautiful and successful as an athlete. "
" I remember seeing the Olympics when I was 13. I always wanted to know how it felt to stand on top of the podium hearing your country's anthem while watching your flag being raised in something you poured your heart and soul into. "
" I wear my prosthetics legs every day, and when I train in the gym, I call them my Lamborghini, because both legs and sockets, which extend up to my hips to keep the legs on via a suction seal, cost about $305,815. "
" It's insane going from skiing to cycling. Even though you are in prime shape, you feel like you have never worked out a day in your life. "
" You don't get any second chances. "
" I'm stubborn; once I start something, I want to see how far I can go. "
" That's what I'm focused on, having that perfect race. "
" I usually like to keep my hair and makeup routines pretty simple after I work out but always need a little bit of mascara to finish off the look. I just swipe some on and then am good to go for the rest of the day. "
" When you're using your upper body to live, you get to know how to move every muscle. "
" They said if I stayed in the orphanage for another month or so, I basically would not have been able to be alive. "