It's when you don't win that you learn things about yourself. Everything I have gone through has made me who I am today.
I've stopped trying to be perfect. When I train, I'm not afraid to make a mistake. I train harder and make more mistakes, but I feel more prepared. I'm not holding back and becoming a better athlete.
It can be frustrating, ... But I am where I am, and everyone has their own trajectory. I know my time will come. I just have to be ready for it.
My mom and her parents had to leave because her brother had left a couple of years before and the government was really upset. They took away both my grandparents' jobs, so they couldn't make a living. They had to sell all their things. They weren't allowed to take more than 00 out of the country.
I asked him to say hi to my mom to prove he was there, and he was really great and nice and talked to her for a couple of minutes. My mom said she nearly fell off her chair, she was so excited.
The best way I can prepare is to build up and be my best. What I've realized over the last two years is the only thing holding me back from being my best is me.
I've been training very hard and very well, ... I've been nailing 99 percent of what I do in practice. That gave me the confidence to do this. I expected to skate well.
It goes back to preparation. I still never feel like I've been as prepared as I could or should be. That's why I'm emphasizing that in my training.
Of course, I say all the time my personal best is what I am in this for. No matter if I won, it's if I did all I can do.
I think it's always tough coming back from an injury, physically and mentally. But Michelle has proven herself in different situations and she's a tough competitor.
I'm used to a very busy schedule. Right now it revolves around training and preparing for Nationals in January. I'm usually at the rink from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and then I attend public school for two hours, three times per week.
My family has always been there to support me along the way. My coach, John Nicks, is a great influence.
A year ago I had a back injury and followed a good nutrition program to help speed up my recovery. I focused on exercise and staying healthy in order to get back out on the ice.
I'm a competitive person and I love the challenge of mastering new things.
Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.