I didn't lose the gold. I won the silver.— Michelle Kwan
Relaxing Figure Skating quotations
Optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha.
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.
Literally falling on the ice and having to pick yourself up in front of thousands of people is not an easy thing to do. The thing that you learn is to pick yourself back up, to learn from your mistakes.
Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.
High sticking, tripping, slashing, spearing, charging, hooking, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, roughing......everything else is just figure skating.
And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
Figure skating has been a great influence for me.
I took dance at the School of American Ballet, which helped my own skating. And whether you are a skater or a dancer, without sounding narcissistic, it is all about looking in the mirror.
Say YES and you'll figure it out afterwards.
A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human.
Figure skating is a mixture of art and sport.
Figure skating is an unlikely Olympic event but its good television.
It's sort of a combination of gymnastics and ballet. A little sexy too which doesn't hurt.
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to kind of be competitive at something, without having to be big.
Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
Male figure skating is different than female figure skating; we're not America's sweetheart.
Say Yes and you'll figure it out afterwards.
Probably the '86 nationals. That was my first real national title and first real statement I ever made in figure skating, and my life changed after I returned.
Ice dance should not be seen as a rigid conformist form of figure skating.
There is a great deal of freedom and originality to be had.
I think for me it was a natural transition to move full time into acting rather than figure skating.
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.
I think skating helped me find myself.
When I was younger, I always dreamed of being a legend, to be remembered in figure skating.
Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the writer an acceptable public figure; obviously, he was no sissy.
At school I fought sometimes. Kids were saying that figure skating is sport for the girls. Then I had to prove them wrong.
Nobody gets lucky all the time. Nobody can win all the time. Nobody's a robot. Nobody's perfect.
Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10, or something.
Skating is big in Chicago. There's a lot of hockey; a lot of the boys play hockey. And figure skating is big.
It takes a lot of patience and a lot of time to create something worthwhile.
It's everything for me. Without figure skating, I am nothing.
Figure skating is theatrical. It's artistic. It's elegant. It's extremely athletic. And there's a very specific audience for that.
My mother introduced me to many different things, and figure skating was one of them. I just thought that it was magical having to glide across the ice.
He found whole figures which represented a written word;
but he never could manage to represent just the word he wanted - that word was 'eternity', and the Snow Queen had said, "If you can discover that figure, you shall be your own master, and I will make you a present of the whole world and a pair of new skates." But he could not find it out.
When it comes to the game of life, I figure I've played the whole course.
The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it.
What kind of respect do I get? ... Just because I'm a physical player, it's O.K. to come at me and do what you want? Hey, it's a hockey game. It's not figure skating. You know what? I can take a hit and I can give a hit. I don't care who it is. No one gets a free ride out there. I don't get a free ride, and no one gets a free ride from me.
Memories just get richer with time.
My dad had this thing - everyone in Canada wants to play hockey;
that's all they want to do. So when I was a kid, whenever we skated my dad would not let us on the ice without hockey sticks, because of this insane fear we would become figure skaters!
I love figure skating and what I am able to express creatively.
I want to leave a legacy in the sport.