Gymnastics Motivational Quotes
"Visualization is something I use to calm my nerves. I did something like that before, but when I came to Oregon State they really helped me hone in on those skills of actually picturing the bar routine, the movement and think the exact same thoughts you would be doing it. That makes me more prepared and confident when I compete."
"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."
"Set your goals, follow your dreams, listen to your heart and don't let anything stand in your way."
“Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself.
"If you believe you can get through an injury and fight back, and you really love gymnastics enough, you can get through it."
It is through artistic gymnastics that I have experienced a lot of joy, pleasure and satisfaction about my own physical abilities from childhood days. Those who only see the labour in my discipline fail to recognise the aesthetic component completely. This, however, is deeply connected with the human soul. Artistic gymnastics has been and always will be a great challenge for me.
"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."
"Competing in gymnastics is the greatest reminder of being alive as a human being."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Hard work is always hard work, for young gymnasts and old gymnasts. Whoever can handle this will be a champion."
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going".
"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it".
"Every single element, even the most hair-raising, can be improved".
"I know how to smile, I know how to laugh, I know how to play. But I know how to do these things only after I have fulfilled my mission".
"Talent alone is not enough. I believe that a really good gymnast is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration".
Strength and conditioning are the keys to good performance and longevity in gymnastics.
Gymnasts defeat gravity.
"If you're not standing on the edge you're taking up too much space."
If there has not been such a thing as gymnastics, I would have had to invent it because I feel at one with the sport.
When I go in to compete, whether it's gymnastics or anything else, I do my own thing. I compete with myself.