Last season ended so quickly. The rinks started getting closed down, my school (Yale University) got closed down,I went back to California. So for me to be able to compete at Nationals and now be at Worlds is incredible and something I didn’t expect to happen so soon. I’m so fortunate to have this opportunity and to be able to skate with Yuzuru as well as Yuma. It’s incredible to be able to have this high level caliber of skating and (it’s) something that I’ve missed a lot,so I’m really happy to be here.
It definitely felt like a big loss not being able to go to the rink every day. Skating ultimately is my identity and I’m so passionate, I loveit. Being able to get back on the ice, being able to recognize how fortunate I was to have a safe environment to train with people I love andhave the shared passion, helps you take a step away from being so individually driven.(on gender differencesin figure skating) It is a very individual sport and you can really see that within each performer. I don’t think anything that we do,the girls can’t do. And you’ve seen this over the past couple of years and you continue to see this. Everythingthat we try to do to push forward they will continue doing to push forward and that’s incredible, you know? Idon’t think there’s any argument that can be made that they’re not able to do what we’re able to do.