Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.
Without strength and courage it's really hard to perform at the highest levels of international figure skating, because you're alone on the ice and you only have seven minutes over two nights to prove yourself.
What was really funny is that as I got older all those guys who called me a sissy in junior high school wanted me to be their best friend because they wanted to meet all the girls that I knew in figure skating.
From the fall of October, 1980 to March, 1984 I never lost a competition.
That's what makes the Ryder Cup in golf so much better than the Masters or the U.S. Open. To be a part of something that is not about personal achievement, but about representing everyone and sharing it with the whole country, it's wonderful.
I started skating and I kind of liked it because I could run circles around the guys that wouldn't pick me to play baseball.