I was going to after-Oscar parties. I was mingling with the Hollywood crowd. It's really easy to become distracted when you have opportunities to do that kind of stuff. There's no way I would ever turn that stuff down, but it's important for me to realize why I'm here, what I'm trying to do and the goals I'm trying to accomplish.
I've seen almost every country do it. If you go over to Asia and you say 'team skating' they'll have no idea what you are talking about. They'll be like, 'oh that's illegal, oh really that's interesting.' It's hard, very hard. Two or three (athletes) of any of the same country in any race is hard. I'll have to overcome that and that's a big challenge.
I was really bothered by it. I grew up around many Asian cultures, Korean one of them. A lot of my best friends were Korean growing up. I just didn't understand. Later on I realized that was built up by certain people and that was directed at me, negative energy from other things, not even resulting around the sport, but around politics, using me to stand on the pedestal as the anti-American sentiment.