Skating takes up 70 percent of my time, school about 25 percent. Having fun and talking to my friends, 5 percent. It's hard. I envy other kids a lot of things, but I get a guilt trip when I'm not training.
Of course I'm very disappointed, but I see this as a temporary setback. I intend to follow the doctor's orders, get well and be back competing as soon as possible.
I always thought after 2002 that I'd hang up my skates and turn professional and just go on tour and do shows. But I don't know when it is enough. I mean, I still enjoy it. I'm the luckiest girl alive that I get to perform in front of thousands of people, do what I love doing.
I feel I am one of the best three skaters in America.
I can't say it felt like me out there
I started jumping not too long ago, like two weeks ago. From not spinning, not jumping to performing, that was a big step for me.
I was so worried about winning, it was as if I was caught up in my own web.
It's really up to the committee to choose who they believe will be the best three skaters in America. I feel that I am one of the three best skaters in America.
It is sort of ironic that the last person bumped off the team was me in 1994. But they do have a rule for special circumstances.
If you have nothing in life but a good friend, you're rich.
I don't really remember a time younger than 5 years old that I didn't have skates on because all I can remember is every day, tying up my skates and a big smile on my face, excited to go on the ice.
To represent your country is an honor and a great experience.
I would just love to be able to give back to figure skating.
Sometimes my body is aching, but I always think, 'Why am I in this? Why do I love it so much?' That's what makes me persevere, that's what makes me keep on going.
What I love the most is getting on the ice and just popping in a fabulous CD and skating - all by myself, the rink completely empty, just me and the music.