Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
Fame is a very confusing thing, because you are recognized by a lot of people that you've never seen before, and they're at a great advantage.
Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.
I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.
So as an amateur Olympic competitor I loved criticism, because it made me better. But now as a professional I don't really know how to channel it or where to take it, so I don't take it quite as well.
Rationality is not one of this industry's attributes.