I don't know, I think, in times where I'm really nervous, and I'm really under the pressure the worst possible outcome is for me to start thinking about it. I just do.
My friends ask me why I still live with my family, but I feel comfortable there.
We've all been through so much together.
Every time I've had a bad performance at an event, I've come back more determined and focused.
Honestly, I feel really grateful for everything.
I've reached my goal with snowboarding.
The hardest thing about skateboarding is consistency: The slightest flick of your foot or gust of wind can send your board flying, so it's really anybody's game out there.
If you eat the same cereal every day it's gonna get old.
And if I had thought about snowboarding every day, I would have quit a long time ago.
Skateboarding helps a ton with balance, precision, with air awareness.
.. it gets your senses to be spot-on and it's also a great way to take my mind off things.
When I was 12 years old, I was hanging out with 23-year-olds.
I was into cartoons and Pokemon, and they're all talking about girls. It was a strange way to grow up.
I totally forget about snowboarding in the summertime.
I like to stay in the moment.
I'm just having fun.
I love the sport of snowboarding so much, but I just don't want to talk about it, ever.
Having all eyes on me at all times is hard to deal with, but it's great.
It feels like you've already accomplished something. It's already predetermined that you're going to do well.
I want to perform well.
You know the best thing about competition? There's this whole strategy game, and when it all works out its like solving that hard math equation. You finally get the answer and you're so happy.
I get e-mails from mothers asking me to call their daughters for a date. I have a great life.
I can kind of picture what I want to do and my body just does it.
You feel your way through a trick. I close my eyes sometimes.
I'd like to date, but I'm not really in a position to meet girls.
It's hard to just kinda get some privacy and do your own thing.
I mean, I get letters in the mail because I had a heart defect when I was one, I had surgeries and stuff. And so you get these letters in the mail that just, they are crazy, they are just like, yes, well our son is dealing with the same thing and we saw you on TV and I mean it is such a cool thing to inspire and kind of give hope.
What drives me now is the fact that I feel like I still have so many tricks that I want to learn and so many things that I can still do. And so many cool things outside of sports that I have been doing.
We all started snowboarding in the beginning as a family just to be closer together, go on trips. It was our soccer, but instead of Dad yelling at me from the sideline he is there riding with me and hitting the jumps even before I am hitting them.
I am a pretty recognizable, like, I walk through the airport or something, you are going to spot me right away.
My dad got me a huge board when I was little.
He loves to surf. He suited me up and sent me out on this huge wave. I went under, and when I came out and the board hit me in the face. So I said, I never wanted to do this again. I stayed away until I was 13.
I personally think skateboarding is harder because it has so many moving parts.
With snowboarding, your feet are strapped to your board.
Games have always a big part of my life. I was that kid freaking out over his new Nintendo.
Trick names are so ridiculous!
If you're going off a 90-foot jump, you can't say: 'Oh, I don't want to do this now.' You're going no matter what.
Cement doesn't give as much as snow.
You can only jump so far until you break your leg.
You can only land so hard until something explodes.
My dad, he's the rocker.
Skateboarding is training, but I don't think of it as training. It's fun.
When I went pro at 13, I had plenty of sponsors that give me endorsement deals and stuff like that.
I was sponsored when I was about seven by Burton Snowboards.
You have to be prepared to take a spill.
I know my family and I would always go up to the mountains just for fun.
We always skied. Then, all of a sudden, my brother started snow boarding. Older brother thing, I had to do what he was doing. So I started snow boarding.
I couldn't do my homework if my room wasn't clean.
And it has carried on now that I am older, in a very freakish way.
I like that you can easily flip the sheets over and have a different feel or vibe in your room. You don't have to go get a whole brand-new set of sheets.
Ask anyone who knows me - I am constantly moving things around in my place.
I like being able to have things that identify you in a brand without blatantly showing a logo.
If you do a trick and it doesn't work out, that can stick with you.
I like to go back, nail the trick, and, 'OK, I'm cool, it's all good.'
I've just had this fight since I can't even remember.
Meeting actors and TV personalities is one thing, but I just feel like meeting musicians is the coolest.
I always tell people that our sports aren't that dangerous.
I've always been under the impression that it would be such a bummer to be in a peaceful place like Hawaii or the tropics and be stressed about catching waves.
Boards and myself get along somehow.
I don't know where my first gold medal is.
I was knocked out by a skateboarder when I was 11.
I was a monster, a problem child.