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Central Illinois Olympians

This hour on Focus, we’ll hear from five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair, who is representing the U.S. as a delegate this winter in Sochi, Russia and other central Illinois Olympic skaters.


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Former U.S. Olympic speed skater Bonnie Blair attends the unveiling of her image on U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Tribute at USA House in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.

Former U.S. Olympic speed skater Bonnie Blair attends the unveiling of her image on U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Tribute in 2010. AP

Winter Olympians from central Illinois have something in common; nearly all of them have competed in the Games wearing ice skates. This hour on Focus, we’ll hear from three of them. First, Scott Cameron talks with Bonnie Blair about representing the U.S. in Sochi and about how Jonathan Kuck of Champaign, who is skating three speed skating events, is expected to compete. Then, Jeff Bossert talks with speed skater Katherine Reutter and figure skater Matt Savoie.

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    speaking and champagne
    champagne made Jonathan cook finished more than 10 seconds Office trial time
    and 19th place overall on Saturdays 5000 meter race
    Winter Olympics in Sochi Cookeville be competing in to Morgan City Olympics
    15000 race and the team pursuit of Superman


    Meadows mall Jonathan cook stays busy at the Olympics
    hearing from 3 former Olympic skaters from central Illinois football
    Savoy Kathy writer 5 time Bonnie Blair hearing about the
    about their triumph challenges even a little about Jonathan cook today

    program continues after the news
    welcome to focus on Jim Meadows if you look at the central Illinois ends of computer


    heated in the Olympic Games of recent years you’ll find nearly all of them have done is wearing
    wearing ice skates the latest is Urbana native Jonathan cook Houston
    computing in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 3 speed skating events today
    focus will hear from some former Olympians with roots in central Illinois
    champagne age of Catherine writer also with speed skater took silver and bronze
    the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver Peoria native map Savoy computed interview
    Turin Italy 2006 in men’s figure skating at first


    first we’ll meet speed skater Bonnie Blair who grew up in champagne and made history
    history by becoming the first female American athlete to win five Olympic gold
    gold medals Blair retired from competition in 1995 but she’s
    representing the United States as a delegate at the current Winter Olympics in Sochi gtalk
    talked with Illinois public media Scott Cameron shortly before she left estates for
    for the Olympic Village you represent in the United States in Sochi as as Adele
    is a delegate what year old is for the delegation what I’m actually going to be due


    doing that at the closing part of the Olympics for the closing ceremony soap
    what kind of girl do a couple other events
    gold medal hockey is one that I’m kind of excited to go to the hop
    the hockey MN go to closing ceremonies and its on my cell
    myself Eric Heiden speed
    speed skates with him and then there’s I can’t win Kauai
    which is she’s a hockey player female hockey player that tree


    what retired and then there is the Secretary of State will be with us
    what us as well as the ambassador to Russia from the United
    why did state so we have with call the delegation in rebate basically reprise
    represent the president here because he’s not able to attend
    what is there to do I feel that in a different kind of
    kind of the category to represent our country in really chew on Team USA
    USA and you and Eric still find ways to be competitive with each other


    can I completed together at the Olympic Trials
    1980 the day was the only other competition that we were evergreen at the same time
    time because he was really tired and that’s kinda when I started getting into
    things men do you know a great person a great doctor
    turkeys traveled with a speed skaters in the past is a team physician
    so she’s also given back to our sports in various
    different ways can I have you been up to service a delicate the US News


    before actually got to do it in Vancouver games are
    is also for closing ceremonies and it was it was just a really need
    unity and kind of cool cuz you like
    Cajun a stop the traffic so its kinda makes havoc from
    everybody else but you don’t want somebody on the inside but doesn’t get to do something like that
    very much is it better to be on a Wheaties box
    maybe I am getting a seat on the hockey in summer


    something other than stew US get in a wreck much with us speed skaters
    usually it’s so they actually have which is different than when I was at the
    the Olympic Games um its called us a house with a place where
    Swizz Beatz can go and kind of relaxing they have
    lunch and dinner and some very sponsors kind of do some things at that point
    point in time to come but it’s so that’s where I would see them
    for the most part I don’t usually see them to after they’re done


    because im pretty focused on what they need to do in the city
    is that they need to take care of to get ready and prepare for the races
    who or what is Jonathan cut from myself
    champagne there would be very exciting to see him do well again
    did the Vancouver games Kobe competing in the 1500 to 5000
    meters in as well as the team pursuit which I think I are guys
    the team pursuit really have a great shot of winning a medal there um


    one thing that could happen that hasn’t happened since 1968
    the meaning of look it up naked forgetting about it how to Richardson and Brittany
    Whitney Bowe both from US Speedskating 1050
    1500 both the medal stand and I don’t think to American female
    female Robin on the middlesteins 1968 so that would be really cool
    definitely porn for them and wishing them really good luck
    your record in terms of most metals 1 in Winter Games stuff for a long time


    San Antonio Apollo on a broken 2010 does anybody have a chance of passing record in Sochi
    play I don’t know what time is Charlie Davis
    could maybe I don’t know maybe tie with maybe
    maybe some metals but I am NOT a I think he’s got 40 diesel
    so he could a reason three events that gets he could overtake me
    go to 7 metals um so yeah I think Shawnee Nvidia
    video from some of the other support attorney pick the year was that really at the same time


    sometimes more the Chateaux the short Rackers just because of an opportunity to be in a few more
    more than you’ll ever know that’s kinda come about a little bit more with
    Ontrack adding the pursuit in there I’m Intuit POS
    politics is playing the bigger roll around these games released in in recent years
    US Russia anti gay laws in the US delegation includes
    whats the number for athletes who are open the game have been for a long time are you single
    are you making statements part of the ocean no I’m not


    1900 I really wasn’t aware of all the political stuff box
    behind the scenes in till the delegation the People
    what 1 ounce to represent the president
    that’s a no for sure not to my knowledge not why I was pictures
    Victor whatever but I think I am
    winter sports is usually been pretty good with a lot of the politics and stuff
    stuffed kind of state is it but this time it seems like it’s kind of


    drones some things up and sing for the most part no. I hope
    hope people realize that what about to happen over the next couple weeks
    weeks is all about athleticism an athlete trying to go
    do the best represent their country and I trying to keep
    peace around the world so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that’s what happens
    no milk makes you want to do you think is there any legitimate role for political issues human rights issues
    never might be to come out during the Olympics you know I’m really not sure


    you know I’m sure that that could happen but um that’s not mine
    my Avenue of going over to the Olympics I’m going there to cheer on the T
    the games are always set up as no matter what was happening around the world the game to the one place to go
    correct exactly okay I’m also
    how much fun stuff to your but we also heard a good deal about terrorist threats to these games
    games that were you able to eat on fortunately is this day in age
    age of RR world around us


    never know what’s gonna happen like down the street and you know anytime
    Mike something comes out of the TV like breaking news or whatever you like oh no not one
    what happens when you don’t think um as with anything III
    I kinda go into whatever I’m going with my eyes open and
    making sure I’m aware of my surroundings and I do the same
    the same when Im over there from everything I’ve heard they almost got a
    endless amounts of security and money that they have spent on


    sonnet and I don’t think that they want anything to have
    what happened over there you know I think you’re going to be proud to put these Olympics
    sauna and want to see things go without a hitch so I went there to do everything in their power
    no power to make sure that that happens if you’ve been to Bimini number Olympic Games
    Napoli does the Ambassador grill Conroe has you’re planning train instructions
    give me for these games been different because of his friends no not really
    um its getting warmer than your typical home


    have to take a big c*** does probably like this what is this thing
    things but I didn’t know I think I just want anything when you go to sleep
    something that is that wattage just need to know going out with
    what would your eyes wide open in making sure you got one I going forward in one eye
    when I going back to you later the show we are going to hear from him Katherine writer also
    dispise get from San Juan to old is Macaulay Jeff Bostic hear that you’re in for
    influence on her career with huge you answer with a role model for a lot of people including


    who did Frankie might my younger sister got a speed skating after watching you in the Olympic Games what
    what is it meant for you to be a role model is definite
    definitely an honor and I also
    Nick said something that I don’t take my but I also feel
    in another sense that my parents brought me up in a good
    good way I had a lot of role models and head is me that that I will
    look up to on the border in Champaign on a local level in


    you know I’m a national level and you know it you just hope that that type of
    what does evolution keeps happening and I’m sure there’s a lot of girls that you know
    look up to Catherine and now she’s kinda in that position that maybe I was
    I wasn’t so you know what you did something that keeps Revis
    revolving and you know what time I’m glad that I was able to
    2240 do it Wiz
    what I hope it is Grayson dignity and goodwill MN


    I know you knock on wood that you hope you don’t screw up even
    it can be unforgiving a dime
    does ou mention you can talk about Jonathan on a boat speed skaters
    champagne edition yourself is there
    something in the water around here without a successful speech getting you definitely gotta want
    wonder and I think you just even looking at a hole at the speed skates
    skating in general we don’t have the numbers that


    what’s a football or baseball does Rorschach
    soccer does it mean when you look at how successful are sport has been
    at the Winter Olympic Games really truly is amazing
    so you know I think we we been very lucky within the sport to get
    good core group of athletes you know that can heal
    cumming in upgrade still like to see those numbers get bigger
    I’m still like to see us have a lot more numbers to choose from because


    what numbers we’ve had to choose from which are really many vendors
    36 s 430 w that could make BB 60
    access to get 3 on the podium at the same time I mean that would be really cool
    cool so I just definitely in different areas
    UC the sport as I need a window but you always hoped for
    revival especially during the Olympics so over these next couple weeks
    we hope we start a mortgage interest and I got white sapphire


    some of them in and get them thinking about the next games on tinder
    2018 this is a relatively small community here in central
    central Illinois is you Katherine Johnson Almeida big do you have it
    pretty unique relationship for the three of us rebonded hair
    twist certain extent old is it because they’re kinda after me I really did
    didn’t get to interact with a time um
    do shin pain picture and what I call


    Vancouver games at what was us a house up there
    three of us we’re together they had their medals in
    very proud of you know I’m cool that our hometown
    champagne has produced by an Olympian
    not just Olympians but metal with a hole in a relatively short
    short period of time so very proud of what they’ve done
    I dont know them a time but I definitely respect everything


    everything that they’ve done and I Jonathan what he’s about to embark
    Conover these next couple weeks ago and now Catherine kind of taking a roll of being a coach
    coach just another stepping stone of staying involved in the sport and trying to get back
    give back Jonathan so he then you will be competing in Sochi
    preview of any sense of history weaknesses are what people might want to watch Forrest
    Jonathan’s one of those guys that at
    Ford Center the radar think sometimes that can be too


    2800 a positive for him and I
    she’s a very hard worker he trains like an animal
    31 lot of the Seas going to school in Champaign
    Milwaukee there’s not a lot of people that can do what he has done
    and I cannot lie I really look to him is the 5000 being
    is stronger base vs the 1500 b***
    take it to the team pursuit Jimenez


    misty mate definitely have a great shot at winning a medal there so
    definitely got an exciting cup exciting couple weeks coming up to eat part of the
    part of the reason that you said your going to Sochi is said you’d be part of your work with I’m with
    butts butts CRS Catholic Relief Services what is that what your mother is a shin
    probably just know it’s been over a year ago
    go to protest about helping the charity cos Catholic
    Catholic Relief Services in once I get to word a little bit more about the organization


    Chennai really loved with a stud for having me travel around the world
    scene good bad and indifferent and you know I’ve got a lot to charity
    charity work your locally on with some various causes
    this was one that was more worldwide and I fight you know if you can do something
    The Naked kind of touch the world how cool is that I’m so what Ciara vs Rihanna
    about the actually found it back in the 1940
    40’s and more about a sofa staining projects


    search for instance kind of during the Olympic Games are there going to be
    I train your waist $50,000 for $10,000 River
    Drury gold medal in the whole idea is
    im to raise money to build and create
    running water for a lot of people so dumb Princeton
    what effect 10000 people to have safe household water to drink
    link and probably close to 17000 school children that they’d be able to get new witch


    do it reads so um you know it’s just a really need car
    and something like I said we can really touch the world with hand soap
    so during the game that’s going to be one of the fundraisers there doing when you can learn more
    learn more about it by going to CRS WI to Wisconsin where I live I was also curious so you
    who won what five gold medals correct in one run track
    where are they foreign what is Cardinal


    what I call a door with a coffee table
    and um so yeah a friend of ours from the sport of speed skating
    I’m created me a coffee table that sits in a great room in um
    I’m the shape of Olympic rings Wow need saying yeah its really it’s real
    it’s really cool so how do you take care of those really long term
    stay in the table sexy steel inside
    can get into one but um you know you it’s the prefix


    the piece of glass on top where’d you gotta try to get me know
    try to move it to get to him but yeah I mean it is it’s pretty cool ok
    does it really is needed easier after about shining or anything I can take the one from couch
    Calgary taking it out so many times did so many times a day
    getting around the edges should be a Mitsubishi
    how do I get to share instructions
    no they don’t come with instructions tag like my mattress


    never have Olympic medals thank you for
    so when you come back and visit champagne
    you know what I try to get there a couple times a year is actually down there for the first football game
    the mission 101 a 1
    why do I still have a lot of great friends down there and try to get
    get down there but you know I was first and foremost candy comes my kids if they got me running
    One Direction another number One Direction tour


    Shanor the weekend I got a kind of go with them but like I said I do
    still enjoy what I will always count call my hometown campaign
    Bonnie Blair spoke with Illinois public media is Scott Cameron show
    Shelby representing the US in closing ceremonies at the Winter Olympic Games February 20
    23rd we just heard money talk about being a role model for young skaters
    Catherine roerva to time Olympic medalist decided to pursue speed skating
    after Bonnie Blair came to speak at her high school Centennial High Plains Road


    writer talked with wyll Jeff boxer I want to go back and talk about
    when you were a young child and first find out what made you so interested in
    did in speech getting closer to skate when I was pretty young girl with on roller skates
    skates when I was a toddler and my mom to meet you like a mother daughter ice
    ICD class on campus your body when I was a 45
    45 and I think of carrots from the noticed me out there
    there and just that I was listening to strictures in 2005


    go fast so they told my parents I know if my really thirsty
    so after I finish off that the figure skating cost
    I just getting in I remember every body telling me
    all the coaches under skaters that like figure skater and I do not know
    what that meant that I knew what I wanted to be like after so fat
    that’s what really caused the country in right away in a deer stand by
    are serious in my other sports is involved in cell


    is the conflict with getting back to say happened to the other sports
    went to the back burner in speed skating always stayed center
    the Ice Arena that you used what does infertility that one of a lable
    call at a certain age that you so you could you had to go somewhere else to train
    what is Roseville Beloit wis the other guy over um
    I started needing more trading partners in we’re coaching and stone
    so my parents are driving me down to St Louis on the weekends like train with


    athletes there still a better than me and the boys give me some chase
    and then there is some coaches down there who were former Olympian spend it all the sports
    support for years and years in really got along well with my family and I still eat a lot of trees
    treating downtown St Louis what happened to the experience of meeting Bonnie Blair
    influence your career so I was like
    look up to body Blair remember very young age that my dad
    my dad had all the videos I like my dad recordings off


    of all the Olympics in the word watch reruns of Bonnie Blair
    dan Jansen Turner and Amy Pearson and so I always
    always knew about the skaters in about the accomplishments they made
    Madar member was in the third grade I got chicken pox
    and I would have to be in like the Epsom salt bath for whatever type of medicine
    chicken pox and pass the time I read the books written
    written by chance it in the air so very young age date


    huge impact on on what and who I knew about the other
    world and then when I was 16 she actually came to Centennial High School
    high school speech for all the athletes that the squad
    and I never I was involved in a school sports the time but one of the
    athletic director said hey do I know that your speed skaters
    schools for you should really coming to dinner on this thing and at the end of it
    applicator like called me up to the stage person I was pretty cool


    pretty cool um at that point I had been accepted the train at the
    the belt with the development team that was in Marquette Michigan what was feeling really
    concerned about it Junior High School from home
    finish my senior year training in Michigan go to see like a really big
    really big scary stuff but I feel singer speech that day and things that
    what she had to do in order to be good so good she was already at my age
    felt like I was behind the fallen I was 16


    if I wanted to do something I really needed to make that stuff in black
    MIB going back to bed here but is there a teenage girl porn
    pointer maybe one time out the ice when you like pie I know I have to tell it to do this in computer
    in the Olympics I remember
    is 12 taxi skating in line for the time is it in the national championships
    and I remember getting the feeling of
    um this is what I want to do professional speed skater


    Kurupt at the National
    national dad Debbie Downer Noel cute that you want to be a professional
    make sure you have another plan and I really like
    dad um
    and I was looking at that was probably is sleeping for 12 year old to say but
    but I was just very fortunate that I have ended up making a dream come true
    on Ice I wouldn’t say that moment tour


    really hit weather like yeah I could I could really great
    does Michael Olympics my whole journey was the journey of of getting
    getting stronger learning more becoming more technically sound taking
    better care of my body it was always the journey and I
    I would find out on race day at work hard enough to get there not
    running through the metal separation of leaving
    leaving home and were you when the training and the experiences like


    leaving on 60 and was very difficult both for me and my family
    only child and soul when moving away
    play at the age just never had your brothers or sisters pecan cake
    and when your part of the team a huge part of being a team
    good fun but I really never been to a shin where I had
    I had to like tough enough to that type of thing so far away
    far away I live in college dorms at the high school student and there was just


    a lot of a lot of Stephen playground that happened to T
    what are really not use a guy but I was already like pretty upset
    just having to leave my my home and my family is the first sexual really hard
    definitely say that if I have moved away the United
    become the stator that I became how expensive is pursuing a career as a speed skater
    expensive yoteslaya parents just how much
    Brett 18 was the first year that I qualified for a stipend


    650 dollars a month and I live out Salt Lake apartment with a roommate
    mild food gas travel everything I don’t pay for was like this
    facility use and coaches have to pay for the sex toy store related have a Leon
    my parents helping me out and I said I don’t know I don’t want to
    want to know how much a financial sacrificed at the bakery
    where was the experience of going to the Olympics
    what you would hold you looking back I wish that allowed to have more fun


    very very serious is a focused and committed
    winning a medal and the way that the sea can you schedule was the stated about every
    what every 23 days so we never have I ever had a big a big enough
    rate between races to feel like I could let my guard down um wallet with
    experience to represent the United States thanks I can’t stand it was
    everything I could possibly dream that would be really happy
    take him away with but that is there any other yung berg


    South Bay air pilot Elena make sure that the third killing
    big is there in 30 minutes till can have fun and have a period
    fake friends without being distracted from your goal when you’re complaining about leveled
    level d the athletes typically hang out when your not in competition
    depends on the athletes on the team really feel like direct competitors hangout
    but I was always really good friends with the Dutch and they were actually very competitive
    got more compatible with years in the relay but there an individual E


    um I didn’t have anybody I was always your fighting for 1st 2nd with soap
    does Kroger my friend the Korean American American men
    Penn Station to spend time together but I think the Olympics
    even without going into other countries all the same building as
    USA Hockey 36636 curly real estate by Avalon
    why did I get back with lyrics the still it was kind of a
    Sylvania throat through it all what was the most stressful time


    is it raining or was it when you got to the Olympic level 4 guess I would say
    say there’s a point in the trading cycle where you start
    take the value of the intensity on and wild
    while your body starts to feel way better to have a lot more energy
    perform at higher Waffle start to have more energy
    what energy and time to think about how things are going to know what you’re doing
    crazy mama flap set up a tough pays for several hours every day


    everyday I don’t have much time to like to really think Arden judge yourself you just
    whatever it takes to get your workout the day you will it start to get really close to
    close to competition times 10 to the second matter little tiny displacement
    the temp you’re feeling better and Ally that the singer
    extra hours trading shorter because
    410 for time to think about your crazy and I can get released Russell
    dont master the ability to


    that’s a good for today that’s it until it’s a good day to you
    how to say I like about school of Atlanta today
    easy to release a parent does stress over what
    what do better next time one of the worst day is like what if it never gets
    never gets better stressful tell me about how you got hurt
    got hurt in Indian dream deferred how it felt like
    hip pain for the beautiful you’re leaving


    leaving up to the Olympics in this weird popping sensation in my right hip
    tips for quitting you want it was it was a particularly painful it was true
    is just very weird deep sensation
    in the joint the weather like a muscle paid or the shooting stabbing pain
    deep end of discomfort and then thrift
    first three months before the Olympics in 3 months Metta World Cup winning Olympic qualifier
    is Marquette Michigan to get rid of their computing and I fell and hit the floor


    wards in such a way that just I don’t know what it was
    was it was extremely painful like I don’t think that I’ve ever been able to not finish
    relay race before but I hit the pads and I was screaming and I got a package
    Billy I slide down the finish a race without me I never went to the doc
    the doctor I just kind I don’t know why did the doctors
    helping me get through things to get back on the eye
    on the ice leader of duty at the Olympics after Olympics Patriots


    no probably what happens in the valley torn labrum
    hip and the the popping sensation got worse
    Perry apk more more people to stay until Katrina
    cross training so I can feel effects download
    looks like yeah I actually eat surgery to tell you but
    surgery to fix that so I got the surgery in 1800 crazy
    crazy fast successful rehab but I don’t think I spent the time


    how to reset my foundation noun direct me if I’m wrong
    the doctors have a medical solution for this the word help you
    help u allow you to train for so she and you didn’t you do you said no that’s it
    what I want to retire after that I got two more hip surgeries in
    and then I explaining the case of the missing
    the junction the procedure in the surgery all these things that still is so
    so much pain doctor and I just need you tell me like do I really have a chance


    how to make it to Sochi in dachshunds yeah
    you know you can milk be fine I know this procedure
    can do we have to do they have to go in and out start a cortisone shots make sure
    make sure we find the right area Ariel go in Lilburn of the nerve endings
    things that area and the new real estate no problem and
    the tribez Bank clearly in Conway about that
    and when I when I feel like I thought about it for long enough I decided


    decided that wasn’t fixing anything that was just burning of my sensation
    face into the area looking to be a problem there was probably me
    how to make it worse I just wouldn’t be able to feel it in I ask the doctor
    Dr of cases do they do that and I come back
    is great how long after the Olympics been so I can expect no lie
    no longer be in pain in the specter set 3 to 5 years
    really decided that um I was really happy


    McCreary did you slowly or Israel
    MeetMe realize what you could be doing in search of training other athletes kind of like a a pay it forward
    forward very slowly being injured long
    healthy to take the time to about what I wanted to do next with my life
    coaching actually had cross my mind until there was a coaching jobs available
    it was offered so what what does your schedule consistent with far is the the training
    reading portion of and how much can you do to the practice with these athlete


    cypress mulch run programs what I was in Marquette
    Marquette when I was still in high school Most Wanted have math teacher store in high school
    Ralph 2660 the 90’s
    average route 3 where to get there at 615
    is there by 630 to run the TV Drive ins and then we start
    start pads at 7 weeks Kate from about 720 to 845
    Emily go to school for today and they come back after school and be treated


    about 4631 think I want to ask you about um the
    the Olympics with all this talk a potential terrorist activity in Sochi
    just wondering when you went where ever you want to compete somewhere over seas are there was a safety products
    protocol in Placer something you would a mili do if there’s any kind of thread like that
    um no that is a great question because the world
    turkey this year and I’m so there definite
    definitely have to be a meeting between head coach nights about what the future because


    because it’s gonna be when something is not as the serious
    yes where you keep your medals in Augusta Georgia I don’t feel safe for Allah
    long time that’s not my purse because I don’t know like people
    really like to see a little light year
    what does a really really heavy after a little while and I’m not talking
    talking sticks out your phone after the Olympics
    the house the Stars Katherine Ryder truck silver 1000 meters


    Peter skate in bronze in a 3000 meter relay in Vancouver in 2010
    she spoke with Illinois public media is Jeff Prosser going to take a short break
    and when we come back Jeff Cox with former Olympic figure skater and Peoria native
    native map Savoy im Jim Meadows this is focus on wyll
    welcome back to focus on wyll Meadows
    the Winter Olympics are underweight in Sochi and we’re hearing from former Olympics
    epic skaters to hail from central Illinois Peoria native map Savoy is an


    attorney with a Boston law firm b*** before that he was a figure skater
    who competed in the 2006 Olympics in Turin Italy you talked with Jeff Palmer
    Jeff boss about how he got started as a skater 59
    when I started at thru taking private lessons in computing
    um at the sport my parents think took me to the ring
    the ring for the first time I was about 5 and they put my sister and me
    in and of itself Park District classes skating


    vapor gymnastics classes um I think that I like most about skating
    um with a combined artistry in rhythm
    um something that that that I really like
    really really found any other activity that I had
    the last time it was Peoria pretty good environment for that the do you have
    the sillies you needed to accelerate it out yet. Was great
    great come back about the way I was able to


    do on the train their everything I needed was at my fingertips
    happily support parents are willing to drive me to pack
    practice um and pick me up at school um bite it
    but I think it was it it it was easier in Peoria that might have been if I got something
    self do you have heroes going up at you watch the Olympics are the other competitions
    oceans yeah I think it when I was ur of most aware of skating grandpa
    cramping a sport Todd Eldredge was probably someone I looked up to a lot


    what kind of computer against em just to see was leaving the sport
    work but I know I still look up to tonight so let’s talk about
    some of the skills that the Bayou acquired I want to get an idea of training and having watch
    watch it for years in the Olympics how long does it take to learn to do the jumps
    how to practice that isn’t even before you even on the ice
    yeah it varies um varies depending on the temperature today
    burning and I think that jumped at frustrated me the most


    um I was running up a triple jump for the first time
    um and you got your period where are you working on it working out and you don’t
    everything going to land and then one on one day you do um
    and that’s gotta find In N Out in my experience
    trance 12 Florence of 1 level jobs like a triple jump um the rest of the day
    rest of the temples coming here cause you know that your body is a better sense of off of the timing
    um but that you should be getting a b***


    what took me I want to say I know about 9 years at
    fat to feel like you need to reach a technical level that was pretty
    pretty much my pic level from a for the rest of my career so
    definitely I hit it that a sport that a lot of skill a lot of attention
    what’s the most difficult won the most of the people are doing today I think of technically
    glee well the most difficult anyone has landed
    quadruple lots and is there a time that


    not sure if anybody like something on at the Olympics I think the most difficult
    the Olympics is a quadruple South how much does Jump there for for revolution jobs
    what was the hardest one that you were able to master
    I never landed a quad income iPod repair shop in competition um I was wondering practice
    occasionally last night but it was something that always other than me but I don’t really have any regrets about
    about not having Leonard 1 overtime paid to take a lot of
    what to wear and tear in your body and I was glad that I was able to use the last couple years


    the score to the focusing on developing as a performer or the chopper
    what was your favorite performance. In US Championships Olympics or anywhere else
    my paper for once was probably in the Olympics
    now it was the best thing I never really skate add another word
    will definitely mistakes in a program and it was that hide profile
    file for skate it and I got it also felt rewarding
    from a performance standpoint on even if I wanted to


    technically better in some situations I felt like I was with presenting a better
    better um picture of myself um at
    as a performer um and I feel better today at
    product process behind the music
    when did I just watch was the US Nationals in 2005 using barbers
    Barber’s Adagio for Strings and you seem like a dance
    Dannemora dancer in some something skaters I watched that’s another one


    another one of my eyes I guess my favorite performances
    how to program a while because it felt so good to perform at well I wanted to keep doing that
    matt Lanter early did that again um at least
    find me a b*** shaking music
    music for programs is is difficult after you know the last
    last several years um in my career I ended up lighting
    pretty much my car for um near me and whatever direction


    Belfast mostly because he knew i strengthen my skating style
    I really great musical cabulary much better than I had so
    think about different options for for music different ways of teaching
    Music Together the the program no I didn’t even really
    recognize the time but I think my car for that adjustment
    did the music and I did it on em in a way that was pretty different from Hell
    how it’s actually sounds effects


    the performance of but it was it works really well
    really well for skating I add writing to what you talking about
    knowing when you complete the last time why did you respond to retire I had decided
    why did I want to go to law school on before I enter my last year of c**
    of competition Mexico admitted to the went to University of Illinois
    years between 2003 and 2005 a ass
    urban planning on playing with hair


    and in my last year um in graduate school ipod to law school
    cool and I was accepted to Cornell and Tom
    Cornell was General have to let me to for um for one year
    how to start a law school during the year that I live in
    qualifying for the Olympics so it was good to have that you’re of justice
    just a kiss almost exclusively on skating and I was really happy with results
    happy hideaway think but it was good to focus on


    spy really love them know I was going to be able to participate in anymore but then also that I had
    that I had this next phase of my life to look forward to you were always on a career path
    you got your eyes political science degree in a 2002 at Bradley and
    nude at the skating with something I want to discard a hobby
    did you know you had something else to do with that was your life that you couldn’t focus on the way
    yeah it was important to me um
    things like a logically help me I think during that time I like having different things


    things to focus on and training really only took about 45 hours of my day
    my day so when you have a lot of the time I got another reason why
    the reason why I train in central Illinois was great I am
    Bradley University with my mom at work those really know you’re with with University
    really close to my training center and also had a lot of depression
    juice from so I was able to go to school full time and train
    that something I know a lot of people that are able to do some really good that I was able to


    I want to be able to study and think about what I want
    what I wanted to do after completing but I also wanted to say stuff Kayden and
    as long as I could get sounds like you stay with his long as you can stay healthy in DeWitt
    was that was there a point where you considered wedding in the earlier sure I think the umm
    so when I applied to law school that was the
    the 2004 2005 season and for the end of that to you I was wondering
    is wondering whether I would want to compete with the next year was an Olympic year


    wasn’t that just about time wasn’t feeling strongly attached and
    didn’t think my chances are that great making a ticking after talking with my family
    family in a coach’s other people the sport I realize that they really wasn’t any reason
    reason to rush off to school and that it would be worth it to get a one shot there’s been
    controversial issue regarding Russians policies would come sit to get a citizens
    listen Xanadu did some skating there and you are a gay man in America part early October
    October last year I just wondered what does what you felt about the power


    I will see you when you were competing there in and out did you feel pressure did
    keep that to yourself for some time with your career sure uh
    so I was not out when I was computing and Mike
    my experience is totally different than what it would be if I were competing now
    the environment is probably a little different as well um I don’t know a lot about that
    about the situation I don’t don’t really know about going to be applied over what does seem
    the same scary for LGBT citizens for spectators athletes and


    and when I was computing that I never had any of the year
    because I was I was not out of lead are at the promenade
    how to turn to the difficulties were the people in Russia
    um but certainly I hope that won the game tonight
    after the game that people can be treated equally Indiana spec elite coaches
    are there family is an and the citizens of other countries self
    another question I’m just wondering when you went to Russia or whatever else was there ever a a safety


    safety products Holland place like after were some sudden news of something
    dangerous happening if you knew how to respond earlier or where to go
    go on fortunately I see if there was I did not know
    the will say is that at the Olympics um there’s always been secured
    security license Nancy Kerrigan
    1994 National Bank US Figure Skating Act
    security at just domestic events but want to get to the Olympics the level of security


    security about event is it even more extreme than a noticeable
    um and it makes you feel good where there a even though its
    what its very different trying to know that people are paying attention to the sorts of things
    do you still get the skate not as much as I thought as I wish
    wish um I think when I started working as a lawyer I wasn’t
    I was prepared for the idea to microwave be above the main focus of my iPhone
    InFocus is my life but I really thought about how hard it really is for people to sort of


    just maintainer daily exercise routine and something I admit they still
    easier when to stay fit what if your job have to add people
    can get to the gym I get to the rink more often than I thought I could
    good at maths the voice who finished 7th and men’s single figure skating at the
    2006 Winter Olympics in Turin Italy Meadows end it’s been you
    years since I put on a pair of skates for anything but listening to these three Olympians
    makes me feel like going back on the ice my cell phone tower at a very sedate pain


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