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" My parents didn't have a lot of money, but we never knew that. They really did the best they could. "
" If you don't know a lot about figure skating, it's easy to fall in love with ice dancing because it's so romantic and so theatrical. "
" I was a bratty little sister. I was the youngest of three, and I often felt as though I didn't fit in. "
" I used to have terrible tantrums. I was temperamental when I was younger. Actually, what I needed was a swift kick in the pants. What a brat! "
" My coach was a great politician, so he did most of the work. He was good. "
" I'm certainly not a perfect mother, but I'm trying to be what my mother wasn't for me. My mother's battled depression, so I understand it now as a parent, some of the things that she must have been going through. "
" One naively thinks that by winning the Olympics, it's going to be this switch, and then your life is going to be perfect, and that's not reality. "
" If I hadn't been born a woman, I would have certainly been gay. "
" It was very much like Norman Rockwell: small town America. We walked to school or rode our bikes, stopped at the penny candy store on the way home from school, skated on the pond. "
" People think skating would translate very easily to dancing, but it really doesn't. Dancing is a lot of fun and not as dangerous as being on the ice. "
" I wanted to learn how to skate backwards and they wouldn't help me and they went off and left me on my own. "
" It took me two years to get an appointment with Mr. Suga who cut my hair for the Olympics. Who knew? I had no idea that it would be popular. "
" I never really liked my short hair; it never occurred to me that people would want it. "
" My mother stopped working when she had my brother. She was a full time mom until I started getting heavily into ice skating lessons, and it got to the point where they really needed my mom to earn an income. "
" I didn't study dance. I had some ballet lessons because I needed it for posture and for my arms, mostly. My skating coach said I really needed it, from the belly button up, as opposed to the footwork. In skating, the shoes don't move. "
" The mind is pretty powerful. In skating, you learn to click into that zone and focus not necessarily on what you're doing but if you're doing it well. "
" You see the fairy tale - four minutes of glory at the Olympics. I thought my life would be cake after that. "
" Money is evil. "
" I think Princess Diana probably had the most famous haircut, or Farrah Fawcett or Jennifer Aniston. "
" In my teen years leading up to the Olympics, I loved having the excuse to skip out on parties because of skating. Partying wasn't my thing anyway. Mostly I hung out with other skaters. We were all buddies, so it's not like I missed out on socializing. I was really enjoying myself. "
" I had the most incredible time on 'Dancing With the Stars.' It never occurred to me when I took it on that I would physically not be able to do it because that's not in an Olympic competitor's vocabulary! It was the most wonderful environment, such a nurturing environment. "
" Everybody has to deal with tough times. A gold medal doesn't make you immune to that. A skater is used to falling down and getting up again. "
" I didn't know about competition or the Olympics until Peggy Fleming won in 1968. My mother looked after all of the competition stuff. I just skated. I didn't really love competition, but that was the only way to get better. You'd see more talent. "
" I was just ice skating. I had no concept of that. In those days you couldn't see the judges. I was this little person on the ice and they were just people that would stand around the boards. "
" I was really a spoiled brat when I was a kid skating. Meals are cooked for you, you are driven to the rink, they make costumes for you. Your parents sit around and watch admiringly while you skate. You don't have to think about anything but skating. You're just plain spoiled. "
" My parents believed in exposing each of their children to an abundance of varied activities in the hope they would find something they loved. They each had found a passion - Dad with his music and Mom with her horses - so it was natural for them to encourage experimentation. "
" My whole family, my father's side, there was a great deal of depression, and my mother's side as well. "
" There were no competitions on television. The first skating competition I ever remember seeing on television was the 1968 Olympics when Peggy Fleming won. "
" It's different today than it was then. In those days we were strictly amateurs. If I had wanted to stay in for the '80 Olympics, my parents couldn't have afforded it. "
" Every time you go out on the ice, there are slight flaws. You can always think of something you should have done better. These are the things you must work on. "
" I wouldn't say that there's ever been an Olympic champion that didn't deserve to win an Olympic Gold Medal. "