79 Quotes of Nadia Comaneci About Athletics

” Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day. And don’t lose the passion and the love for what you do. “
” I have a classic taste with a twist, because classic never goes away. “
” You can’t jump from little things to big things. It just takes time and patience. “
” What makes me happy is the appreciation of people around me. “
” 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. “
” Maybe that’s why I like gymnastics – because I like to fly. “
” You should also appreciate the goodness around you, and surround yourself with positive people. “
” Life is not easy for anyone. You have to have ups and downs. You can make mistakes. You learn and try not to make them again. That’s pretty much my principle. “
” One of the most difficult times in my life was when I escaped from Romania in November of 1989. “
” I live in the moment. I can turn the page and move on. “
” I live in the moment. I can turn the page and move on. “
” I wanted to have a free life. “
” It’s very hard to get to the top. It’s hardest to stay at the top. “
” People always accused me of not smiling like my rival Olga Korbut, but that was just my personality. When you’re balancing on a nine-inch beam, you have to concentrate. But if you look back at the footage, I was always smiling and waving at the crowd after my performances. “
” Of course, I grew up in Communist Romania, but I am happy to say that now our country is democratic, and prospering, since the revolution in 1989. “
” I come from a wonderful country with wonderful people. “
” I have had a few turning points, the first day I entered a gymnastics school at age 6. “
” I had a lot of energy, and my mom decided to look for a place where I can spend the energy, because I was jumping on the couch and furniture, and I was jumping on the top of the things in the house. “
” We only had white socks in Romania. But when I used to come back from the States, I used to bring back pink and yellow socks with all kind of designs, and hair clips and elastic bands for the ponytail that had colourful designs. “
” In Montreal, I kept thinking, ‘Pay attention: this is the Olympics! It only happens once every four years!’ “
” That’s what everybody remembers. They don’t remember how many medals I won in my career. They remember the 10s. “
” When I look back, I am happy that my mum took me to the gymnastics club. I didn’t join gymnastics to become a famous athlete or celebrity; it just happened – I did more than I expected, of course. “
” Scoring the first 10 in history was a big deal, but the fact that even an electronic scoreboard could not figure out how to put out a score, it made the story more historic. “
” People ask me what the definition of perfection, I said it’s none: there is no definition of perfection. “
” It’s like someone important is missing from a party because you can’t imagine an Olympic gymnastics competition without Romania. “
” Uchimura is the greatest of all time. “
” I think that when you are on a four-inch balance beam, you don’t care about laughing or smiling or waving to the crowd because you’re going to be down in a second. “
” Two days after returning from Montreal, I was training again, and I went on to win two more golds at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. “
” Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win. “
” I ended up in the US for a month or so, before moving to Montreal with some Romanian friends. “
” I’m not a dreamer for, you know, ‘I want to go to the moon someday.’ I accomplished something when I was young, which was much more than I expected to. My results were much bigger than I ever dreamed about it. “
” I believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives. “
” I like to tell young people to work hard for your goals and live in the moment. “
” My parents were very loving, but disciplinarians. “
” My marriage to my husband, Bart Conner in 1996 is my proudest personal moment. “
” Of course, most people remember that I received the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics competition. “
” I worked hard in gymnastics since the time I was six years old until I retired at 23 years of age. “
” We are not coaching on a daily basis because we often travel with our charity and commercial interests. “
” As an Olympic champion gymnast, I have always stayed involved in my sport. “
” It was good to be a kid because I did not realise all the things that came with the success. Going to the Games, I was asked what I expected to do. “
” I hoped to win a medal and hoped it would be gold. I knew I was good but didn’t know I would be the one to score something that had never been done before. “
” Everything I do today is because of what I did when I was 14. “
” We developed a system in Romania that was very successfully continued for a number of years, but I don’t know if it was because of some conflict in the organisation or whether there was government interference… but somehow, they have forgotten the importance of raising gymnasts to be ready for every Olympics. “
” I was a perfectionist in gymnastics. “
” I always say, ‘When the Olympics are happening, you shouldn’t be in any other place in the planet – you should be here.’ “
” Every generation comes with a unique athlete, I don’t think anybody wants to be the next Nadia; they want to be themselves. “
” Other kids had more talent, but I was the most focused. “
” I know my life story sounds too extraordinary to be true. “
” I remember everything from 1976. I remember I was 14, and I remember my routines. “
” I remember before the Olympics, I was asked, ‘What do you think you’re going to do in the Olympics?’ and I said, ‘I’m hoping I’m going to win a medal, and, if possible, it’s going to be a gold one.’ “
” At 14, you think you compete, you retire and you get a job. I didn’t think gymnastics was a career that was going to change my life. “
” I thought I was going to retire at 20, and I was going to be a surgeon. “
” I didn’t know I wanted to be a gymnast; I was just introduced to the gym. I loved the place because it looked like a hi-tech playground with mats and a lot of things I can hang from. “
” At some particular time, when I was 14 years old, I’ve done something that people didn’t expect. “
” I had more pressure when I competed in Moscow. I had no pressure in Montreal because I only went to do my routines and hoping I didn’t mess it up when I was on the bar. When I came back, 10,000 people were at the airport and I thought, ‘Why?’ because, in my mind, I hadn’t done anything different from what I used to do in my gym. “
” People think you have pressure when you are young. It’s the other way round, actually. “
” Gymnastics should be popular everywhere; you just need the right person to start the right programme. “
” Gymnastics was my way to travelling the world. “
” I am not a perfect 10 anymore. I can only try my best. “
” We used to exchange leotards with gymnasts from other countries. I don’t remember who I got my most prized leotard from, but it was one with a lot of stars on it. “
” Yes, gymnasts aim for perfection, but I never thought about the score. If that’s what’s in your mind, it will probably mess you up. “
” Romania doesn’t have a big tradition of gymnastics as a fun activity. We were a little behind in this aspect. “
” I like seeing advanced acrobatics, but I also like to see more than tumbling. It’s important to combine the artistry of gymnastics with the tough skills. It’s called artistic gymnastics. We should stand by the name. “
” Of course I used to smile and laugh in 1976, but not when I was competing. Please show me somebody who laughs when they are concentrating; I always smiled. “
” I am very highly appreciated in my country, and everybody seems to love me. “
” I like America. I don’t want to hurt America. “
” I like risky stuff. “
” To me, family is what is important. If you don’t have it, nothing is going to matter. “
” When I was 14, I had no pressure. I was a kid, and I didn’t understand all the attention. “
” If I have a feeling of not trusting, I don’t get too close. “
” The – I don’t want to say older, but the more experienced I get, I treasure and I honor what I’ve done much more. “
” It was my mother who got me involved in gymnastics, sending me to classes when I was six just to stop me doing back flips on the couch and destroying the furniture. “
” After retiring from competition in 1981, I did exhibitions and coached. “
” I come from a communist country. We learned nothing of lawyers, nothing about rights. “
” I think a lot of people don’t actually know me. They think, ‘She’s like this,’ or, ‘She’s like that.’ They say I have no emotions – I do, but you couldn’t see them then. I had to keep them inside. “
” Gymnastics is so huge in the Olympics. There are a lot of fans who want to see more. “
” I wasn’t allowed to leave Romania. That made me mad. You just want your freedom. You want your space. You want opportunity. “
” When I got married in Bucharest, there were 10,000 people on the street. People didn’t go to work that day. It was emotional to see how people care about you. I didn’t expect that. “
” I like Oklahoma. It’s a quiet place. You can work, and nobody disturbs you. “