My first VLOG

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(March 23, 2018)

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Mantra: I’m a fighter

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(May 17, 2015) Life’s tough. Yes, I know, you’ve heard that already. One thing about me is that I’m an avid reader; frequently I’m found soaking in fairy tales as a way to meditate. I take advantage of these moments to understand the stories and characters through my own eyes, and how some of the characters’ downfalls are like my own during several skating programs, but that at the end they somehow always rise again. Reading is an integral part of my personal sanity check. If I could join Hogwarts and learn all the spells necessary to become the greatest skater of all time, I would, but instead I’m an ordinary Muggle. A Muggle constantly defined and challenged by the internet, the media, and what people saw of me that moment on television. What am I talking about, you ask? Online, it’s easy to criticize another’s accomplishments and misinterpret one’s motivation. Google me and see for yourself. There’s a hurricane of mass media, stating my achievements and downfalls, my interviews and my criticisms, my coaches and how I’ve evolved both good and bad over the years. I’ve seen my own quotes / pictures online (yes sometimes exaggerated or severely manipulated) and I understand it’s part of a media’s job to analyze, preach or refer to me. Sometimes they’re kind, sometimes they’re distressing. And sometimes they’re just really, really hurtful. I had so much energy, optimism and confidence going into Nationals, yet I still didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. The weight of injuries, media attention, and public pressure fogged my concentration and limited my physical abilities, and to this day haunts me. Yes the media can say what they want to say – after all, everyone has a right to their own opinions. But, as cheesy as it may sound, my personal mantra is that: I’m a fighter. My decision to move to Colorado Spring and switch coaches is my way of proving that I’ll never give in. My jump rotations may not be perfect and I may not be as consistent as I wish. But again that doesn’t mean I’ll give up, and I’m no delusional optimist. I’ve made tons of mistakes, no hiding that. Many, especially the media, have asked why I haven’t quit yet. My response: honestly… it’s not about winning for me, it’s about passion. I still have unmet ambitions and unmet personal goals. I chose to stay a Muggle because I believe you don’t need to be a Harry Potter with spells to be the best – you just need to believe in yourself and love what you’re doing, while being human. People fall every so often, and I’m one of them. Yes, life’s tough, but at least I fall while on my two feet, literally. I’m so grateful to everyone who’ve continued to support me – it takes so much courage to share my thoughts here. Thank you to those who’re reading this and continuing to support my everyday tries, regardless of how many times I fall. This is just another beginning – time to begin another book....

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Back to blogging!

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(3-15-2015) I’ve decided to start blogging on a regular basis, which is a decision prompted by many things. Until this moment, I have let the media define my image and distribute information about me. I think it’s time to change that as people in my life and fans have asked for more from me. Naturally, I am a reserved person when it comes to the public, and I cherish my privacy. It isn’t easy for me to “toot my own horn,” but I do tend to speak my mind without filtering my words. This has given me a reputation with some sports writers as being an unpredictable interviewee that always gives a soundbite that writers can work with. I hope that I can continue to be a bit unpredictable and interesting in these blogs as well....

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July 4, 2009

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July 4, 2009 Summer is finally here!! …and the intense training starts…. So…here’s an update on my life… I’ve started training at the Toyota Sports Center with Mr. Carroll and World Champion, Evan Lysacek, amongst other great athletes. It’s a great change of atmosphere for me and being coached by Mr. Carroll is so motivational for me. Although it’s a lot of hard work right now, I’m enjoying it so much! Music Spoiler: Drum roll please… For my short program I will be skating to Pirates of the Caribbean and the long will be Carmen. And lastly, a big thank you to all of my supporters! 今年もよろしくお願いします!...

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December 1, 2007

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December 1, 2007 Hey everyone, Just grabbing a chance to type a little something in between all of my studying for some test at school! Can I tell you all something? High school life is amazing! It is a workout just to get from one hallway to another! And of course, I feel like a midget again! Well, you might know that I’ve been to two Junior Grand Prix, one in Lake Placid and one in Croatia. Those trips were adventures! After Croatia, I was sped off onto another journey to another country! Japan was SWEET!!!! LOL!!! Thank you to all the Japanese fans who gave Team USA their support! Afterwards, Thanksgiving just popped out of nowhere, and we celebrated, of course, by eating turkey and in my case, lots of ice cream and cake! And now we come to today! Since JGP Final is coming up, I am off to Poland tomorrow! Bring your umbrellas everyone and bundle up because it is freezing in Poland! (not like CA) 🙂 Hope you all had a Happy...

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June 30, 2007

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June 30, 2007 Hey everyone…I am glad that my site is up and ready to go!!! My summer is going well, and my first competition is in less than two weeks! I am excited but not at the same time! Hope you will check back often for better entries than this one! TootleLoo!!!!

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