As a young female roller skater from Upper Hutt, Kristi Yamaguchi was my ultimate idol. Her grace and elegance on the rink was flawless, her costumes and routines were stunning, and her attitude was inspiring. However, it was her dedication to training that I was in awe of. I remember watching not only her competition performances, but her tireless training sessions. Watching the way she continued through the pain of falling taught me that everyone has to work hard to attain their goals. It takes time and you have to make sacrifices if you want to be the best.