7 Love Lessons From Winter Olympians

Buzz, Love

Translating sports language into relationship language.

Sports and love, as evidenced by Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xu's gold medal in pairs figure skating last night, are closely related. The discipline, dedication and disappointments athletes experience for the love of a sport can easily apply to how they treat another person. That being said, check out what these Olympians have to say about sports—we might never learn how to speed skate or do the skeleton bob but, listening to these athletes, we did learn a thing or two about love:

1. Enter into new relationships without dragging in baggage from your old ones. "Just by having such a bad season now, I'm able to build off little things and take the good out of it and sort of start over and not even think about what's good for me, what people would say is a good result for me. I'm going into [the Winter Olympics] as a new person."  Julia Mancuso, Women's Skiing, USA [Washington Post] Get Happy Faster: 6 Breakup Behaviors To Avoid

2. Instead of feeling resentful of people who find love before you do, take heart in the possibility that you may be next. "It's an inspiration for me to see these Olympic champions, and what it takes is a lifetime of work and sacrifices, so we know there is still hope for us in the future." Amanda Evora, Figure Skating, USA, after she and Mark Ladwig finished 10th place in pairs skating. [Huffington Post]

3. Love may be dangerous, but you'll never win the gold medal if you don't give it a shot. "I'm a person who loves dangerous stuff. I like taking thrills. I'm interested in cars, I'm interested in motorcycles. I'm interested in scary things and taking dares." Mo Tae-Bum, Speed Skating, South Korea, after winning the gold medal in the men's 500 meter on his 21st birthday. [Reuters]

4. Love requires a lot of work and a little bit of luck. "Though I've watched a lot of Olympics since I was little, I think it's one of those competitions you really have to have luck.When other athletes who have been doing well have a bit of a collapse at the Olympics, it is probably from feeling pressure and because it's the most important competition." Kim Yu-Na, Figure Skating, South Korea [MGC News] Guide To Getting Lucky In The Lavatory

5. It might sound cheesy, but giving yourself a pep talk will calm first-date nerves. "It's unusual that I let myself get all worked up. Over the years, I've trained myself [not to be nervous] because I get overamped. Today, I just let myself get right worked up into it. I felt like I was going to throw up for 2 hours this morning. [You] just get all antsy and fired up, and then you've got to taper it off, and once you kick out of the gate everything's clean-slate and ready to fire." Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing, USA, after winning the bronze medal in the men's downhill. [NBC] 5 First Date Tips For The Ladies

6. Commit wholeheartedly. "My belief in sport is that I don't want to leave any regrets. Other guys do things halfway. I want to be 100 percent immersed in that sport, so that when I do walk away, regardless of outcome, I can have no regrets. I can smile regardless of what happens. The result is not always in our control in all aspects of life." Apolo Ohno, Short Track, USA, on the Today Show [via]

7. Your love life isn't everything. "We, as competitive skaters, lead very atypical lives and it can be difficult to keep things in perspective sometimes in terms of 'the bigger picture.' It’s too easy to get caught up on thinking that our placement at an event determines our worth and what we’ll be able to achieve in the future. Spending an adequate amount of time away from the rink and not talking about skating is key to maintaining a good mental balance." Tanith Belbin, Figure Skating, USA [Beauty Interviews]