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I just try to touch people's hearts in a way through skating, so they're not just witnessing a performance, they're feeling a performance and they're a part of it.
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
I graduated a the top of my class in the '84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.
I don't think most teachers realize how much impact they have.
I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater, you know.
Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
From the fall of October, 1980 to March, 1984 I never lost a competition.
Fame is a very confusing thing, because you are recognized by a lot of people that you've never seen before, and they're at a great advantage.
Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
But I never really thought that I would be extraordinarily successful at skating, it's just something that happened, you know.
And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to kind of be competitive at something, without having to be big.
Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always make an effort to give people more than they expect.
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