All the sacrifices my mom and family had made had been worth it.

I think it's so important for somebody like me to stand up for the things I believe in and speak up on things I don't think are right.

Given this platform of being an Olympic athlete, I think it's really important that we stand up for what we believe in, and we speak out against things that we think are wrong and injust.

Being gay has never been a big deal to me, which is why it's a little funny to be getting all this attention about it.

I feel so honored that I've had the opportunity to share my story with so many people.

I remember when I told my mom that I wanted to come out, and my mom was a little hesitant. She was saying, 'Are you sure? Do you think that might affect your scores?' or, 'Is it something that you think that you need to do?' And I told her, 'I don't care. It's important to me.'

As an audience member, I like to watch what they're doing, and that's one of the reasons I love skating: because it's a performance, and I love to perform. That's my favorite aspect of skating.

Athletes are given a really special platform. It's our duty, as athletes, to be role models.

I want to represent my country to the best of my abilities. I want to make Reese Witherspoon proud.

It bothers me so much that people have gone out of their way to make trans people feel less than.

There are so many emotions when I step on the ice.

My mom has always taught me to stand up for people who don't have a voice.

Nobody loves me as much as I love me, so I guess I'll just be my own valentine.

I think what you think of as the American people embracing - I don't think, on paper, I embody anything of that perceived persona. I think that's what people are latching on to, that I'm different.

I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren't a friend of a gay person but that they think that they're sick.

I've been skating since I was 10 years old.

I would say that I'm a hot mess all the time.

Sometimes I'll be listening to NPR at the gym, and I'll hear them say, 'Oh, Donald Trump did this today.' And I'm like, 'What?' All of a sudden, I have more energy than if I drank an espresso.

I've never made a meal that I wasn't able to eat, but it that doesn't mean anyone else would ever eat it, haha!

The first time I ever sang in front of a crowd of people was, like, 10,000 people in Japan at a skating exhibition.

It's my world, and the rest of us are living in it.

I am usually wearing some sort of see-through when I am competing.

I always loved music, to dance, and to be really active. When I started skating, it was the first time all of these things came together. It felt like magic, and I always wanted to be at the rink.

Haters are fans in denial.

I was living in my coach's basement.

I always said that if I had the platform and the opportunity to share my story and make it easier for others, I would - so that, in a way, I can be the role model that I was looking for as a kid.

Honestly, it's really fun to be yourself. It's really fun to be me.

I'm able to go out there, and I'm really able to be, like, unabashedly myself. And I want somebody who's young, who's struggling, who's not sure if it's OK if they are themselves to know that it's OK.

I love to have my own story, my own path, and forge ahead because my career isn't going to be like anyone else's.

There's no such thing as a wardrobe malfunction - only a wardrobe opportunity.

I can see my competitors sweating, and I am cool as a cucumber.

I've been given this amazing platform as an Olympic athlete, and there are so many people out there who don't feel like their voice is being heard. I feel it's my responsibility to speak out on issues that are important.

I know what it's like to be young and to feel like you don't belong.

If I forgot to put something on, and I have to wear a trash bag, I'm just like, 'I'm gonna rock a trash bag today.'

I looked around and saw my competitors: they're all doing these quads, and at the same time, they're a head shorter than me, they're 10 years younger than me, and they're the size of one of my legs.

As soon as I broke my foot, I remember thinking that I'm going to make this the best thing that's ever happened to me.

I'm like a witch! You can't kill me!

My mom always taught me to stand up for what I believe in.

I usually finish things in the last second. But I think, as I've gotten older, I don't worry about it, and I just rock it.

Representing the U.S.A. is one of the greatest honors of my life, and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter.

I can't explain witchcraft.

I want to inspire other young kids, no matter what their background is or where they're from or anything like that, that they can go out there and, if you work hard, you can do anything.

It's totally crazy! I can't believe all the young kids doing it in competition now. It's pretty unbelievable to have an element variation named after me.

What makes America great is that we're all so different.

I think I've shown the world I'm a fierce competitor, yes. But I've also shown them that I'm a fierce human being.

You have a personality like mine, it's for everybody... It's not just for some group of people.

For such a long time in my life, I didn't trust my own voice at all. I always tried to do what other people wanted.

My earliest memory of the Olympics was watching the 1996 Games in Atlanta. I remember everyone being so excited to watch. Seeing the American athletes on the podium, I saw myself. I knew that that was what I wanted to do. I wanted to be one of those athletes on the podium representing their country and bringing home medals.

When I was young, to have had somebody out there to look up to... it would have made a world of difference; it would have changed my life.