Sometimes I even now feel like a stranger in my country. But I knew there would be problems because I had seen the world as a skater. And now? A lot of people in eastern Germany have lost jobs, rents went up, food costs went up, unemployment went to 20 percent. Freedom is good, but it is not easy.
Figure skating is a mixture of art and sport.
Skating taught me to set a goal and to block out other things and just focus on this one thing.
When I get up, I have a cup of coffee, surf the Internet, then do a half-hour run.
I can't say, 'It doesn't matter if you win or lose.' It's not true. You go in to win.