You won the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars. What's more nerve-racking: skating in a competition or doing the samba in front of millions of people?
Dancing. I know exactly what I'm doing on the ice, and I'm in my element. But on the show, I was so nervous and wearing some weird, funky little outfit. It was crazyÃ¢â‚¬”I had no idea what I was in for. Dancing was mentally difficult; you had to remember all those steps in two days.
You've won six Olympic medals... so far. Do you like to date women who are equally ambitious about something?
Absolutely. It's important to be driven and have goals. You want an independent woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. It's attractive to me when a woman is doing what she loves. It makes me want to know more.
How can a girl tell if a guy is into her?
It's about sharing a look and making a connection. I can look into someone's eyes and feel like I know her better, versus a phone call, where you can't get that same type of emotion. That's why text messaging gets you in trouble: You can't bond, and emoticons explain only so much.
You follow a pretty strict diet. Can you date a hearty eater?
Oh yeah. I like getting to the point where you're really comfortable with each other, there are no barriers, and no one is trying to be polite with their eating habits. Just eat what you wantÃ¢â‚¬”it's so primal! That said, if you're eating twice as much as I am, it leaves a question mark. It's like, "Wow, are you an Olympic athlete too?"
Should a woman make the first move?
It just depends on how she approaches you. Being way too forward is a red flag. It's like, "Whoa, I don't know you yet." Just smile and say hiÃ¢â‚¬”that always breaks the ice.
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