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Born: 1971-07-12
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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This experience has been once in a lifetime.

Tags: Experience, Lifetime, Once

Training for the Olympics was a lifelong endeavor and took many years.

Tags: Olympics, Took, Training

As a professional, I think we're not being judged solely on technical ability anymore. People really want to be entertained and enjoy what they're watching.

Tags: Ability, Enjoy, Judged

I always try to start out with some type of goal. Then I work backward and think of what I need to do to get there, and give myself smaller goals that are more immediate.

Tags: Give, Goal, Work

I don't know how many people really knew who I was before the Olympics and that's the fun thing of the Olympics - you get to know someone who captures your heart, hopefully.

Tags: Fun, Heart, Someone

I don't mind the sparkle - I think it's kind of a tradition in skating. I don't think the men really need sparkles, but for the women it's part of the glamour of our sport.

Tags: Men, Mind, Women

I learned to put 100 percent into what you're doing. I learned about setting goals for yourself, knowing where you want to be and taking small steps toward those goals. I learned about adversity and how to get past it.

Tags: Past, Small, Yourself

I've always worked closely with the designers and whoever's making the costumes. Comfort is the last thing you want on your mind when you're competing. In an ideal situation, you'll have something where you'll put it on and you're fine and you don't have to worry about it at all.

Tags: Mind, Put, Worry

I've realized how precious life is. When I was younger, I was more adventurous. I felt invincible. I was game for everything. As a mom, I don't want to get injured because then I can't take care of my kids.

Tags: Care, Life, Mom

In terms of my career, having the gold definitely changed my life. The Olympics are different, you know? They're every four years and it's such a small group.

Tags: Career, Life, Small

Probably a few weeks after I was born I started having casts put on my legs to straighten them out. After that corrective shoes and with a brace in between.

Tags: After, Between, Put

Skating was something I really wanted to do; my parents knew nothing about it. They said they'd support me as long as I was trying my hardest and enjoying it.

Tags: Parents, Said, Trying

With 30,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations from the seasonal flu, those numbers are certainly higher than what we've seen of the swine flu. Protecting yourself from both viruses is very important.

Tags: Both, Seen, Yourself

They say, once you have a child, your heart is forever outside your body. I totally understand that now.

Tags: Child, Heart, Understand

Growing up as an athlete, I started skating very young. My parents didn't know anything about the sport, so they went with the flow. I had two great coaches who gave great advice and gave guidelines for my parents. My parents let the coaches dictate what was going on on the ice.

Tags: Great, Parents, Young

I'm kind of a homebody. My husband says I like to just stay home and do nothing, but that's just how I am.

Tags: Home, Husband, Stay

One of my mottos not only just in skating but in life in general and I try to enforce it as well, is like no regrets and just like going for it.

Tags: Life, Regrets, Try

Winning in women's singles felt surreal. I felt that everything I had done - the hard work, the tough times - was all worth it.

Tags: Winning, Women, Work

At 6 years old, the ice became a place for me to express myself. Because I was so shy off the ice, it became my safe haven, with music and freedom and self-expression. That was my emotional outlet.

Tags: Emotional, Freedom, Music

Having achieved my own dreams, I want to give to kids who are less fortunate, who struggle with everyday obstacles. I want to give them something positive in their lives: support.

Tags: Dreams, Positive, Struggle

As a teenager especially, I just wanted to do my thing and not be noticed.

Tags: Noticed, Teenager, Wanted

Before turning pro, I would never have just left my skates sitting in the locker room unattended.

Tags: Left, Room, Sitting

Being an athlete, you know how to train and prepare your body for a performance and you're able to do it under pressure.

Tags: Able, Body, Pressure

Childhood reading is so important.

Tags: Childhood, Reading

Dorothy Hamill was my big idol as a kid. She'd won the Olympics in 1976. She was America's sweetheart with her personality, her talent, her haircut.

Tags: America, Big, Her

Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players.

Tags: Figure, Hockey, Players
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I burnt myself out of skating. I was ready to focus on being a mom.

Tags: Focus, Mom, Ready

I didn't want to skate for someone else or for certain marks.

Tags: Else, Skate, Someone

I never wanted to feel I hadn't worked hard enough.

Tags: Enough, Hard, Wanted

I'd try to channel my nervous energy in a positive way into strength and endurance. It didn't always work.

Tags: Positive, Strength, Work

I've had a lot more fun with the training.

Tags: Fun, Training

My experience at the 1992 Winter Olympics was my fulfillment of dreaming the Impossible Dream.

Tags: Dream, Experience, Impossible

Now, I am thrilled to be a wife and mother, and I hope to be as good of a mother as my own mother, Carole.

Tags: Good, Hope, Mother

The good feeling I get from contributing rivals anything I felt on the Olympic stand in Albertville.

Tags: Feeling, Good, Stand

The past couple years training with Kurt have really brought inspiration into my skating.

Tags: Couple, Past, Training

There are two or three performances in your life that are absolutely on, where all the planets are lined up for you and you feel you're invincible.

Tags: Invincible, Life, Three

I like working with fish, so naturally I like seafood.

Tags: Fish, Naturally, Working

I love showing my personality in my cooking.

Tags: Cooking, Love, Showing

The best way to make a steak is grilled over an open flame or pan sauteed in a cast iron skillet.

Tags: Best, Flame, Open

See, I'm a believer that people are born with a sense of cooking. It's something within them that really gives them the ability to create and to understand flavors.

Tags: Born, Sense, Understand

You don't go to school to become the best chef in the world right after you graduate. School is always a starting point so what people forget is that you go to school to build a foundation, and you want to build a foundation that's not going to crumble.

Tags: Best, Forget, School

You know what, I don't really watch a lot of cooking shows, but what's great about them is that it inspires a lot of the younger generation so, you know, with cooking shows and reality shows and the social media, I think it really makes our industry a hotter industry.

Tags: Great, Makes, Reality
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