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Figure Skater Rachael Flatt's Winning Ways

Olympic contender Flatt shares her diet, workout, and more.
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What are your plans after high school?

I will keep skating -- it's my first love -- but I am also planning on attending college.  I have applied to nine colleges and am anxiously awaiting to hear what schools have accepted my applications.

We hear you want to be a doctor or maybe a vet. Why, and do you have a specialty in mind?

I have become more interested in engineering in the last few years, so maybe chemical engineering or biomechanical engineering, sports medicine -- so perhaps medical school. 

What do you do for fun?

I like to hang out with my friends, watch movies, go to school dances, play tennis, go to the beach -- normal teenage stuff.   

Do you have a “guilty pleasure” food and if so, what is it?

Well, I love Italian food.  So, pretty much anything Italian! 

What advice do you have for teen athletes who want to improve their skills?

Practice, practice, practice!  Working hard and practicing has made me the skater that I am today.  

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!

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