What's the point of doing anything if it's easy? It's so much more valuable when a challenge has to be overcome.
My job was to make sure that my pain was not visible to the audience. They came to escape their troubles, not to be drawn into my own pain.
Each movement is only learned after you've perfected the one before it.
Fame is a very confusing thing, because you are recognized by a lot of people that you've never seen before, and they're at a great advantage.
Confusing Thing Never
And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to kind of be competitive at something, without having to be big.
Figure Skating Something
And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
Itself Well Show Off
I just try to touch people's hearts in a way through skating, so they're not just witnessing a performance, they're feeling a performance and they're a part of it.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
Come Accomplish Life
From the fall of October, 1980 to March, 1984 I never lost a competition.
But I never really thought that I would be extraordinarily successful at skating, it's just something that happened, you know.
I Thought Successful
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.