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" The long program sets the men apart from the boys. "
" I feel connected to God when I'm out there performing. "
" If it's a day to indulge, I like to have a burrito or a steak. "
" I love hard work. If I'm not sweating, then I'm not working. "
" I love any event in the United States because I treat it like it's my home, my house. And I'm going to protect it. "
" I'm never going to let someone else tell me what I can and can't do. "
" Anything is possible. No one understands how far you can push your body to the limit, and I like to play with that. "
" Nothing makes you try harder than to be told that you are not good enough or that you simply do not have the skills. "
" I have a pretty strict diet, and for breakfast, I have three eggs and a cup of oatmeal. "
" I'm looking towards that Olympic medal and that Olympic gold and what it's going to take to get there. "
" In hockey, sometimes a shift can go for a minute and a half, full out. "
" There were many times that I took such a big hit that I was dazed; I'm not going to lie. I'd see black, but I'm still looking for the puck. Where's the play going? I'm going to keep going. Same thing in figure skating. If I take a hard fall, I'm going to get up, and I'm going to do the next jump. "
" At the end of the day, I could go back to getting sixth or seventh place and being a mediocre skater, or I could be a champion. I want to be a champion. "
End Of The Day
" I have met a lot of athletes who were on the top of their sport, and then sat around and did nothing. They just didn't know what to do. "
" I was tired of getting last or fifth or sixth. I was tired of falling multiple times in a program. I was tired of competing differently than how I trained. If I was going to do that, why train so hard? I took a step back, and I figured out what I wanted to change about myself. "
" It eventually ends, and that's what I think a lot of athletes forget. It's 10 years after the Olympics, and you won the Olympics, and that's great, but no one cares. "
" When I decided to continue in the sport, I decided I would do whatever it takes to be the best figure skater I can be. "
" I hope that my work ethic has been a model for those who do not believe in themselves or have lingering doubts about their own abilities. "
" I definitely love getting a massage or going to a spa. "
" I would go for the biggest guy on the team, dump the puck in. I would chase after it because I was very fast. If I wanted to get a big hit, I would have to leap into the guy. The guy would be maybe a 6-3 defenseman, 220, I would leap into this guy and plow him over. He would just fall to the ground. That was my thing. "
" I'm not afraid of falling or failing, because I've failed many times, and I learned from them. "
" No fear - that's my approach every single time I'm on the ice. "
" I remember watching the 2002 Olympic Games and watching the men's event. I just started figure skating, and I remember thinking how cool it would be to be there. "
" There are no words to describe what it would mean making the Olympic team. "
" I have my struggles. But I'm doing whatever it takes to be an artist, to be the best technical jumper I can be, the best spinner I can be. Nothing is easy about that. But I'm doing whatever I can to be the best. "
" I was a host and a busboy and a barback. "
" Anyone who's been the Olympic trials before is a veteran. "
" I have always wanted to be the best, and it drives me every day, no matter the obstacle. "
" I'm not going to let anyone tell me that I can't perform, that I'm not artistic. "
" I grew up looking to all those Jewish athletes for inspiration. "
" I want to be the top man in our sport. I want to be that guy everyone wants to see skate. "