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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.

Probably a few weeks after I was born I started having casts put on my legs to straighten them out. After that corrective shoes and with a brace in between.

They say, once you have a child, your heart is forever outside your body. I totally understand that now.

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.

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.

I'd try to channel my nervous energy in a positive way into strength and endurance. It didn't always work.

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.

Winning in women's singles felt surreal. I felt that everything I had done - the hard work, the tough times - was all worth it.

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.

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.

As a teenager especially, I just wanted to do my thing and not be noticed.

Before turning pro, I would never have just left my skates sitting in the locker room unattended.

Being an athlete, you know how to train and prepare your body for a performance and you're able to do it under pressure.

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.

Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players.

I burnt myself out of skating. I was ready to focus on being a mom.

I didn't want to skate for someone else or for certain marks.

I never wanted to feel I hadn't worked hard enough.

I'm a perfectionist.