"I'd try to channel my nervous energy in a positive way into strength and endurance. It didn't always work."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Kristi Yamaguchi on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Kristi Yamaguchi on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Kristi Yamaguchi on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Kristi Yamaguchi on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Kristi Yamaguchi on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I burnt myself out of skating. I was ready to focus on being a mom."
"I've realized how precious life is. When I was younger, I was more adventurous. I felt invincible. I was game for everything. As a mom, I don't want to get injured because then I can't take care of my kids."