..........Here are the key quotes from his press conference:
On changes since the Grand Prix Final
After the Grand Prix Final I was able to do both quads in both programs so I thought I could up my program a little bit. Me and [Coach] Christy [Krall], we agreed that we would start practicing the long program with two quads in it - so back-to- back quads in the opening.... It's pretty sure that we're going to do it at Nationals.
On quad competition with teammate Kevin Reynolds
I'm really excited since I'm going to be bringing two quads and I know he's pretty much the quad king so we're going to have quite a good quad battle and I think we haven't had that in a while, so it's going to be great to have the top two, maybe even top three men doing quads in their programs so I'm very excited for that.
On whether he needs a quad to win the world title
I'm going to need it this year, for sure...With Daisuke [Takahashi] pushing the bar with the quad flip and Nobu [Oda] and Takahiko [Kozuka] are both doing quads as well, it's only fair for me to do the same. I have to keep up with them, so putting the quad in the program is no question at all.
On support from Olympic champion Brian Boitano
Before Grand Prix Final I spoke to Brian Boitano. That really helped me and that really, actually I think that's what gave me the extra edge at the Grand Prix Final to do well. It gave me that focus I was always striving for and I'm going to call him before I go to Nationals. He's a really really good mentor and he's really wise.
On returning to B.C. and lessons learned from the Olympics
I'm still learning from the Olympics. The confidence you gain from the Olympics, you seem to age as a skater. You get some kind of maturity, another big chunk of maturity under your belt after going to the Olympics because it kind of gives you perspective... Maybe if I came home with a medal I wouldn't have done this well the next season. I'm really happy with how things are right now and I think I wouldn't ever trade it for anything else. I don't even think I would trade it for a gold medal at the Olympics cause I've grown as an athlete beyond I could ever imagine.
On living with his mother in Colorado where he trains
I don't think my mom's going to let me go for another couple years. She's going to be sticking with me. She's living with me and looking after me - just making sure I'm in line.