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.
The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.
Respected High Honesty
And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to kind of be competitive at something, without having to be big.
Competitive Vehicle Me
I graduated a the top of my class in the '84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.
Olympic Games Games Medal
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.
Seen Because Thing
Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always make an effort to give people more than they expect.
Effort Than Complete
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
I Better Told
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.
People Part Witnessing
Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.
Value These Self-Esteem
When you're expected to win and you have the press saying that you are going to win the Olympic gold medal, and you're the only sure thing in the Olympics, it can undermine your confidence.