Motivational Quotes for Gymnasts -- from Famous Gymnasts

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Nadia Comaneci

Gymnast Nadia Comaneci competes on beam at the 1978 Worlds
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Nadia Comaneci. © Tony Duffy / Getty Images

Inspiring words from the best gymnasts in the sport.
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"I don't run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet." -Nadia Comaneci, Romania, 1976 Olympic all-around champion

(original source unknown)

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Mary Lou Retton

Gymnast Mary Lou Retton competes on vault at the 1984 Olympics
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Mary Lou Retton. © Steve Powell / Allsport / Getty Images

"As much time as you put into it, that's what your achievements are going to be when you come out of it." -Mary Lou Retton, USA, 1984 Olympic all-around champion

(original source unknown)

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Olga Korbut

(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Olga Korbut (USSR). © Allsport / Getty Images

"Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself." -Olga Korbut, USSR, Four-time Olympic gold medalist (1972, 1976)

(original source unknown)

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Shawn Johnson

American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Shawn Johnson. © Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

"I don't think I've ever not gotten nervous. When you work so hard for one special day or routine, you want to perform it better than you ever have. We always say at our gym, If you lose the nerves, you lose the sport." -Shawn Johnson, USA, 2008 Olympic gold medalist (beam)

(told to Yahoo! Sports 1/25/08)

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Nastia Liukin

Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Nastia Liukin. © Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images

"Set daily, monthly, and long term goals and dreams. Don't ever be afraid to dream too big. Nothing is impossible. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve it." -Nastia Liukin, USA, 2008 Olympic all-around champion

(told to About.com Gymnastics 5/1/09)

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Dominique Moceanu

US gymnast Dominique Moceanu competes at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on floor
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Dominique Moceanu. © Tony Duffy / Allsport / Getty Images

"When I was 14, many said that I was too young and too inexperienced to represent the United States at the Olympic Games. Since then, I’ve accepted resistance as a natural part of life. It’s human nature to be timid in the face of obstacles, but I have learned to believe that challenges are opportunities for genius to shine. In order to feel alive, we have to accomplish things that we once believed we could not." -Dominique Moceanu, USA, 1996 Olympic gold medalist (team)

(told to About.com Gymnastics 6/1/09)

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Dominique Dawes

Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor.
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Dominique Dawes. © Getty Images

"There will be mistakes, there will be falters. There will be things that are not a part of your plan. See the challenges in your life and accept them and embrace them." -Dominique Dawes, USA, Three-time Olympian, 1996 Olympic gold medalist (team)

(in a speech at the Capital District YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Awards on 6/13/08)

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Kerri Strug

Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Kerri Strug. © Tony Duffy / Allsport / Getty Images

"It's important to push yourself further than you think you can go each and every day -- as that is what separates the good from the great." -Kerri Strug, USA, 1996 Olympic gold medalist (team)

(told to About.com Gymnastics 4/23/09)

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Shannon Miller

US gymnast Shannon Miller competes on bars at the 1995 Worlds
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Shannon Miller. © Steve Powell / Allsport / Getty Images

"Go into the sport because you have fun doing it, not because of 'what ifs' and dreams of gold medals. That way, no matter what happens, you win." -Shannon Miller, USA, Seven-time Olympic medalist (1992, 1996)

(from Winning Every Day by Shannon Miller)

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Alicia Sacramone

Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training.
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Alicia Sacramone. © Frank Law

"Wake up every day knowing that today is a new day and only you can determine the outcome of that day. So dream big, accept the challenge, and never look back." -Alicia Sacramone, 10-time world medalist (2005-11)

(told to About.com Gymnastics 6/25/09)

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Courtney Kupets

Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Courtney Kupets. © Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

"If you believe you can get through an injury and fight back, and you really love gymnastics enough, you can get through it." -Courtney Kupets, USA, 2002 world champion (bars), most decorated NCAA gymnast ever

(told to International Gymnast 3/11/09)

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Jonathan Horton

Gymnast Jon Horton gets his silver medal in the 2008 Olympic high bar finals
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Jonathan Horton. © Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

"It's not about winning or losing a competition, it's about beating the doubt from within yourself and knowing at the end of each day you are one step closer to your goals." -Jonathan Horton, USA, Two-time Olympic medalist (2008)

(told to About.com Gymnastics 5/28/09)

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Raj Bhavsar

US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Raj Bhavsar. © Jamie Squire / Getty Images

"Competing in gymnastics is the greatest reminder of being alive as a human being." -Raj Bhavsar, USA, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist (team)

(told to About.com Gymnastics 4/23/09)

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Svetlana Boguinskaya

Soviet gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya competes on beam at the 1991 Worlds
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Svetlana Boguinskaya. © Tim DeFrisco Stringer / Getty Images

"Hard work is always hard work, for young gymnasts and old gymnasts. Whoever can handle this will be a champion." -Svetlana Boguinskaya, USSR / Belarus, Five-time Olympic medalist (1988, 1992; 1996)

(original source unknown)

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Brandy Johnson

Gymnast Brandy Johnson competes on beam
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Brandy Johnson. © Jonathan Daniel / Allsport / Getty Images

"Set your goals, follow your dreams, listen to your heart and don't let anything stand in your way." -Brandy Johnson, USA, 1989 world silver medalist (vault)

(Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics Academy motto)

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Dmitry Bilozerchev

Soviet Gymnast Dmitry Bilozerchev competes at the 1988 Olympics
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Dmitry Bilozerchev. © David Leah / Mexsport / Getty Images

"Every single element, even the most hair-raising, can be improved." -Dmitry Bilozerchev, USSR, Two-time world all-around champion (1983, 1987), three-time Olympic gold medalist (1988)

(original source unknown)

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Peter Vidmar

US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics
(Inspirational Quotes from Famous Gymnasts) Peter Vidmar with Bart Conner. © Steve Powell / Allsport / Getty Images

“Everyone works hard when they want to, when they get quick results, when it’s convenient to put forth effort. The best work hard when they don’t want to, when it’s inconvenient to give it that little extra effort... and that extra effort might be just what they need to place them on top.” -Peter Vidmar, USA, Two-time Olympic gold medalist (1984)

(told to About.com Gymnastics 4/24/09)