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" Education is more important than skating. I want to keep up with my schoolwork and my skating. "
" My mom is really dedicated to me. She drives me to school and skating, wakes up for me, and I'm just really appreciative. "
" During finals week, I don't get a lot of sleep, and I tell myself, 'I can't do this anymore.' "
" Sports is expensive, and you have to find a way to pay for it. "
" I started skating when I was five years old in Pasadena, California. "
" I have always believed that I've been an amazing skater regardless of what the results say. "
" I think my own thinking is harsher than my mom's discipline. "
" It was hard for me to leave the nest, but my mom is super proud of me. She said, 'You became independent really quickly, and I'm so proud of you,' but she misses me all the same. "
" I made history here by landing the first triple axel for a U.S. lady, third at the Olympics, and that's a big deal. "
" My parents are super excited that they've produced an Olympian. I don't think they ever would have imagined this would happen in a million years, so I hope I represent not only Team U.S.A., but the Japanese-American culture and my family as well. "
" I loved being at the rink every day and training. "
" There are moments when I think I'm not very smart and not very pretty, and skating is the only thing that stands out about me. It's like the love of my life. When you love someone, sometimes you want to break up. "
" Pre-competition rituals include nap time, because when competition rolls around, I'm a sloth. I also FaceTime my dogs. "
" You can train to be ready for the nerves, and we simulate it all the time, but it's never the same when it actually matters. "
" As athletes, we want to represent our country to the best of our ability. "
" My parents always tell me that they never would have let me start if they had known how expensive and difficult figure skating is. "
" When I was in middle school, I remember thinking, like, Tara Lipinski was 14: I only got a few more years to go before I'm really old. "
" I think I would be bored if I were winning all the time, even though it would be nice. "
" For my dad to say he's proud of me - in English - is a really big deal. "
" I used to skate around the rink with my mom, and we used to race each other until I started getting way better. Then she hung up her skates and resorted to playing my music at the rink. "
" Getting to the Olympics was the hard part. "
" Figure skaters are usually young and then just fade away. But I'm not a fade-away kind of person. "
" Skating becomes more important to me every year. It's obviously harder as age takes a toll on the body and the brain, and I think because of that, competing becomes much more difficult. That's why those who stick around are always so appreciative of others' skating because we know how much work goes into it. "
" On a normal day, I would wake up at 7:00 A.M. and spend about three to four hours training every day. But all of that depends on my school schedule. School and classes usually run from 8:00-10:40 A.M., but not before I've had a coffee for breakfast. "
" I pride myself on being Japanese American. "
" Daisuke Takahashi has really good footwork. "
" I fall a lot during training. "
" Michelle Kwan was an inspiration for everyone, including me. "
" I'm a solo skater; the sport can be lonely. "
" I'm great at dishwashing. "
" Being 16 is such a great age because I'm still really young, and I'll still have a lot of chances. But the Olympics only come every four years, so you don't want to waste an opportunity. "