I'm excited to show everyone what I've done, but I'm not putting the pressure on myself to win. The pressure here is strictly to help the audience enjoy, to show them that I'm back, and all I really want is to enjoy what I do.
I want to sparkle, be the best and skate in the limelight ... but at the end of the day I'm not going to die if I lose to someone or if I miss a podium by 0.1 points.
I’m not Zhenia Plushenko ... I don’t fight the same way that he does. I have a different soul, a different energy. Of course, I admire what he has done, but for me, I knew it was going to be a slow process.
It’s not easy to come back and to compete against 17, 18, and 19-year-old kids. Before the Sochi Olympics, I’ll be close to 30, and it’s very hard. Especially when you don’t fight like a dog like Plushenko. It’s a very difficult thing, and I wanted to inspire my fans by doing it.