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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winning in women's singles felt surreal. I felt that everything I had done - the hard work, the tough times - was all worth it.
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.
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.
My experience at the 1992 Winter Olympics was my fulfillment of dreaming the Impossible Dream.
This experience has been once in a lifetime.
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.
I've had a lot more fun with the training.
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.
I'd try to channel my nervous energy in a positive way into strength and endurance. It didn't always work.
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.
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.
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.
Childhood reading is so important.
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.
I burnt myself out of skating. I was ready to focus on being a mom.
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.
The past couple years training with Kurt have really brought inspiration into my skating.
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.
Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players.