I have lived here for so long, and this was the last piece of the puzzle. I really feel that I have found my place here. Some of the greatest moments of my life were while I lived here, and now I feel complete.
We'd rather it be here than at the Olympics. So in that respect, it's good.
We feel it is our time to shine, and now we can make the most of this as we try to qualify for the Olympic Games. I have lived here (in the United States) for so long, and this (citizenship) was the last piece of the puzzle. I really feel that I have found my place here. Some of the greatest moments of my life were while I lived here, and now I feel complete.
Lots of teams feel better staying at home and just taking it easy and building up themselves in training. But for us, it's definitely better to come here. These are the same international judges who will judge us at the Olympics and we want their feedback.
It was a success for us today to go out and perform it as well as we did because the last time was several years ago when we had just moved up to seniors and we could barely handle ourselves on the ice with this dance.
Being sick, we were a little cautious preparing for this event.
In 2002, I was sitting at home watching the opening ceremonies, not knowing how emotional it would be knowing I could have been there. I turned it off pretty quick. I don't know what it would have felt like if we'd had to do it again. I'm glad we don't.
For the first time, I was able to cross the border and when I was asked my citizenship, I could say American. That was exciting.
I'm so excited, so proud of everybody -- it's an amazing group. We've all been through so much just to get here.