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Born: 1969-10-13
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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I took group lessons at a rink near my home. We first had to learn how to stand up on the ice wearing skates. Eventually we learned to move forward, but soon found out that it was not that easy to stop! So that was our next important lesson.

Tags: Forward, Home, Learned

I was a tomboy who liked to play rough just like my two older brothers. That's probably why I liked the athletic part of skating - especially the jumping!

Tags: Older, Skating, Why

My parents never pressured me to skate. They always said I could quit if I wanted to. They only expected me to skate when they had already paid for the expensive lessons. But, otherwise they said I could do what I wanted to do.

Tags: Parents, Said, Wanted

Sometimes it was difficult to make friends and be social in school because I was always practicing while other kids were getting together and doing things. But it just made me closer to my family, and I realized that they would always be there no matter what.

Tags: Family, School, Together

And I love what I do and I love skating.

Tags: Love, Skating

I do not have any pets. We travel too much.

Tags: Pets, Travel

People would ask me why I was doing what I was doing - but I always told them that I just loved to skate. There was no other explanation.

Tags: Ask, Loved, Why

But it seems that the judging maybe they shouldn't at least see the practices all week long. That can taint the way they go into the judging and the outlook of what's going to happen, instead of just watching those four minutes and judging on those minutes alone.

Tags: Alone, Happen, Judging

There is no age, height, or weight requirement to skate. It is good exercise no matter what your age is. If you want to be competitive, most start young. But, I practice with many adult competitors.

Tags: Age, Good, Young

Even now, my husband Jerry, our son Matthew and I live only five minutes away from my parents home, and my brothers live about ten minutes away. It's been great having such a supportive family.

Tags: Family, Great, Home

One of the things I like best about the Halloween show is that I change outfits about six times in the show. It is a lot of fun to play the different characters.

Tags: Best, Change, Fun

Even now I can't describe why I love skating so much.

Tags: Love, Skating, Why

Falling down became second nature and it really didn't bother me.

Tags: Falling, Nature, Second

I get to see the different sides of skating now which involves not only competing, but entertainment.

Tags: Competing, Sides, Skating

I like to try all kinds of styles so it always challenges me and forces me to try to look different.

Tags: Challenges, Kinds, Try

I started skating when I was six years old.

Tags: Old, Skating, Started

I think it's a lot harder for the pros to have a long career in ice dance and in pairs. It seems the singles have a little bit of a longer career.

Tags: Career, Dance, Seems

I was thrilled one year when I was younger when not only did my brothers get hockey sticks for Christmas - but I did too!

Tags: Hockey, Year

I won my first medal when I was nine years old. It was at the Boston Open.

Tags: Old, Open, Won

I worked also, doing things such as our paper route and, later on, waitressing.

Tags: Later, Paper, Worked

It is a process of finding the right music then planning a costume to fit that style of music.

Tags: Music, Process, Style

It was always fun to skate with Paul Wylie and Paul Martini.

Tags: Fun, Martini, Skate

It was never about winning medals or being famous.

Tags: Famous, Medals, Winning
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It wasn't always easy getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning to go to the rink. Sometimes I wanted to just go back to sleep.

Tags: Morning, Sleep, Sometimes

My dad worked several jobs to pay for my expense in skating.

Tags: Dad, Pay, Worked

My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing.

Tags: Crafts, Hobbies, Painting

My life has been a whirlwind since the '94 Olympics.

Tags: Life, Olympics, Since

People are really sick of seeing the winner not win and what the public thinks should happen.

Tags: Happen, Sick, Win

But after a few minutes of convincing myself that I really wanted to go - telling myself that I love skating and that my coach is there waiting for me - I would get up and go. And my mother would always get up and eat breakfast with me!

Tags: Love, Mother, Waiting