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Figure Skater Rachael Flatt's Winning Ways

Olympic contender Flatt shares her diet, workout, and more.

What advice do you have for teens who aren’t active at all?

Find something that you love and do that. I firmly believe that something will not be rewarding to you unless you truly enjoy it and love doing it! 

I love skating and I cannot remember a day in the last 14 years where I have not wanted to go to the rink and skate. Well, except maybe a day or too when I have been so sick, I just did not want to get out of bed.  

So I would encourage teens, especially those who aren't active, to try a whole bunch of different things until they find something that is for them.  

When you’re done with skating, what do you think are the biggest lessons it will have taught you that will help you in the rest of your life?

Work hard, play hard.  This statement applies to me across all facets of my life.

What other events are you looking forward to watching at the Olympics?

I would love to watch some speed skating, maybe some snowboarding, freestyle skiing.  So many events to watch -- not enough hours in the day!

Lastly, one lighter question - How do you pick your skating outfits?

Costume design is a collaborative effort between my choreographer, my dressmaker, my mom, and myself.  We think about how the music might suggest a certain style if it is character based, or choose a certain color to create a certain mood.  Then we begin sketching, and go from there.

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Reviewed on February 08, 2010

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