Here is Sasha inventing a new kind of sit spin.Q: You won the Olympic silver in 2006 and took silver at the world championships later that year. Will you ultimately remember 2006 as a year of great achievement or as a year where you fell short of your goals?
A: As it was closer, it was very difficult for me. I did my best, and I have no regrets. But I was very injured between (the U.S. championships) and the Olympics. My first clean short program was at the Olympics. That was just so traumatizing going into something knowing you weren’t prepared but trying your best to be. I was receiving steroid treatments three times a day and thinking, “Why is this happening to me?” But, ultimately, as an event in my life, it wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t that golden, fairy tale ending. But something in me is stronger because of that. I had to deal with that difficulty and come back from it. I can’t quite put my finger on it yet, but as time goes by, I appreciate the dichotomy of it, the difficulty, and the jubilation and victory of overcoming something. It’s bittersweet, but at this point, I don’t know if I would go back and change it. It’s kind of defined who I am now.