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" My parents always tell me that they never would have let me start if they had known how expensive and difficult figure skating is. "
" People have drawn me, which is super cool. I'd love to print some out and put them on my wall. "
" I pride myself on being Japanese American. "
" Something that I saw in Sochi that I didn't get the opportunity to have in Vancouver was the team holding hands with arms in the air and medals around their neck. "
" I get about seven hours of sleep a night. "
" When I'm at home, I'm a real big cuddler, so I sleep with my dog in my arms. "
" Japanese people, they're not really one to complain. "
" It's been exciting to share my story for people to relate to me and reach out. "
" If you really put your mind to it, anything is possible. "
Anything Is Possible
" Not only would my parents work full hours, my parents both woke up at 5 A.M. My dad left the house at 5 A.M. to go to the fish market to pick out his own fish, and my mom woke up at 5 A.M. to wake me up in order to get me ready for skating before school. "
" 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 fall a lot during training. "
" During finals week, I don't get a lot of sleep, and I tell myself, 'I can't do this anymore.' "
" I really believe in myself. "
" A long time ago, a sports reporter wrote that I wasn't strong in the free-skate, that I was more of a short-program skater. And that bothered me because I work so hard every day just for a person to judge me on a couple of bad skates and deem me a bad free skater. That's absurd! "
" I'm great at dishwashing. "
" I don't even remember how many times I've sprained my ankle. I've had stress fractures galore and torn my PCL. You just take a little time off if you have the time, and if not, you keep training until you can take the time off. "
" I just want to redeem myself and show the world that... it wasn't a fluke that I won at nationals. I can compete on the international stage as well. "
" My dad usually never has time for my skating, which is OK because they have to make a living somehow. For them to put their business on hold and come all the way to Korea to watch me skate - especially my dad - he feels responsible not just for my mom and for himself, but there are a lot of people who work there, too. "
" I got to meet Rachel Platten, who sings 'Fight Song,' I love that song. "
" I always soak in a bath with Epsom salts for a minimum of 20 minutes to absorb the magnesium once I get home. "
" The only thing I can expect from myself is to learn from each competition and improve. "
" I have always believed that I am an amazing skater regardless of what the results say, and I think that determination and confidence has kept me in the game so long. "
" I tell my boyfriend that... we should get a ranch so we can just adopt all the dogs that need homes, and they can just run around all day. "
" I'm really good at window shopping, or I'll go into a store and just choose one thing. "
" I loved being at the rink every day and training. "
" I'm a solo skater; the sport can be lonely. "
" I think it's because I'm so hard on myself that I can push myself this far. "
" Everyone has been injured, regardless of whether they're an athlete or not. "
" Sports is expensive, and you have to find a way to pay for it. "
" My mom is really dedicated to me. She drives me to school and skating, wakes up for me, and I'm just really appreciative. "