Q: Is there actually much talk behind the scenes about Erin Andrews’ questions about the personal lives of the dancers, which is something I’ve read online?
A: I haven’t heard anyone take issue with it. I think most people recognize that the questions she’s being fed are probably from the producers. I think the producers are looking for what would make for good television. Erin Andrews herself really is a lovely person. Erin Andrews is a professional and doing her job. I don’t think there are hard feelings in what she’s asking. All of us are happy to be able to work with her.
Q: What was your reaction, after leaving “The View” where you heard Jenny McCarthy say that your gold medal from Sochi was heavier than her right boob?
A: That was not something I was prepared for, ahem [laughter]. I mean, it’s substantial, that’s all I can say. When you win the Olympics you hope that the medal that you get, that weight makes it feel like you really earned something. As far as her comment, I hope that’s a compliment.
Q: Personally, I like Jon Hamm’s hair from that 1995 dating show — he looks like Chris Kluwe today. But the ripping that Hamm’s former look has been taking makes me wonder if you foresee regretting your current hair 20 years from now?
A: [Laughter] Honestly, I don’t think I could. For figure skating it added quite a bit dramatically. It makes it look like you’re going faster. And it’s associated, like you said, with my affable personality. Everyone recognizes me by it and so it’s definitely not something I’ll regret. From my own personal standpoint, I’ve always preferred my hair shorter, because it’s just easier. I think I’ve found a good medium. It’s really not too long.
Q: Are you having problems with presumptuous people coming up and running their fingers through your hair? There is something about your hair, man.
A: Yeah, that is kind of an issue. I’m not going to lie. I’ve never had anyone just stick their hands through my hair. Yet. If they ask I go, “OK, you can, if you want to. It’s probably just going to feel like most people’s.” I take it as a compliment.
Q: Vice President Joe Biden uses Clinique on his face. What shampoo do you use on your hair?
A: Right now, whatever shampoo I can get in the hotel. I have never been particularly picky when it comes to what I’m putting in my hair. Most of it is just the genes I’m so fortunate to have inherited from my parents. I’m grateful. I’ve told them that. It kind of falls the way it falls. I don’t have to do much.
Q: Favorite place to visit when you come to Minneapolis-St. Paul?
A: [Long pause] Any down time we have — which really isn’t down time, it’s the time you would be taking to eat and sleep — we’ve been dancing with our professionals from “Dancing With The Stars.” And then we head straight to whatever rink we’re performing. After the performance there’s a meet-and-greet, then we head to the bus and the next city; really nonstop.