Skating With the Celebrities
We were all hoping for Michelle still yet to come, but you know, Sarah Hughes skated to win [Thursday] night, ... She was the best, and it was just so nice to see somebody that came in and let it all go and she deserved it. She really did.
I am thankful for this flattering and great honor.
Every time you go out on the ice, there are slight flaws. You can always think of something you should have done better. These are the things you must work on.
They're always trying to fix the judging system, (but) it's not the judging system, it's the judges. As long as there is national bias, you'll never be able to get rid of favoritism.
It was hot, it was sexy.
I was just ice skating. I had no concept of that. In those days you couldn't see the judges. I was this little person on the ice and they were just people that would stand around the boards.
My parents didn't have a lot of money, but we never knew that. They really did the best they could.
They're still considered Olympic eligibles, so there's never an issue whether they're going to turn pro or not. When they get to that level, money is never an issue. They make so much money now.
My mother stopped working when she had my brother. She was a full time mom until I started getting heavily into ice skating lessons, and it got to the point where they really needed my mom to earn an income.
It was very much like Norman Rockwell: small town America. We walked to school or rode our bikes, stopped at the penny candy store on the way home from school, skated on the pond.
I wanted to learn how to skate backwards and they wouldn't help me and they went off and left me on my own.
I hated to read. My mother could not get me to read. I'm going through the same thing with my daughter now. I love to read now, but I don't remember reading.
My coach was a great politician, so he did most of the work. He was good.
In group lesson number six I think we learned how to turn backwards and then just kind of wiggle. That wasn't really skating backward, but I guess I was going in the right direction.