124+ Best Gymnastics Quotes to Make you Stronger

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Famous Gymnastics Quotes

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

There is always tension in women’s gymnastics between athleticism, grace, performance, and eros. – Meghan O’Rourke

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. – Kyla Ross

Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit. – Mary Lou Retton

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Hard work is always hard work, for young gymnasts and old gymnasts. Whoever can handle this will be a champion. – Svetlana Boguinskaya

Love it like over splits. You can’t expect to give into it all in one sitting. But if you work at it, warm the muscles gradually, your body will eventually accept it as normal.’ The bulk of his shoulder nudged my much smaller one lightly. ‘It might even feel good. – Laurel Ulen Curtis

Don’t look at the big picture as the only achievement. Start with set, smart goals and work up to something bigger. – Jordyn Wieber

Hard days are the best because that is when champions are made. –Gabby Douglas

Seven days without gymnastics makes one weak. – Unknown

Repeatedly convincing yourself you aren’t going to die. – Simone Biles

If you’re following your dreams, you’re doing something you love and that you believe in yourself for. – McKayla Maroney

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. – Paul Valery

You know you’re a gymnast when you’re on your hands as much as your feet. – Unknown

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 Strugg

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After a day of football, a gymnast would be bruised. After a day of gymnastics, a football player would be dead – Unknown

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. – Doug Larson

Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong. – Unknown

As long as you’ve done your best, making mistakes doesn’t matter. You and I are human; we will mess up. What counts is learning from your mistakes and getting back up when life has knocked you down. – Shawn Johnson

The majority of people who get in the sport of gymnastics do not go to the Olympics or get a Division 1 scholarship, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t get something positive from the sport. – Dominique Dawes

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. – Dan Gable

I don’t call them sacrifices. I call them exchanges. – Shawn Johnson

In gymnastics, smaller will always be better in many ways. The stress in the head, that will be the same for all. But the stress on the body and the concussions it must endure, that will always be easier for the little ones – Bela Karolyi

I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all. – Simone Biles

Focus: Is a process of diverting one’s scattered forces into one powerful channel.

Competing in gymnastics is the greatest reminder of being alive as a human being. – Raj Bhavsar

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Even if kids don’t love gymnastics, if they start at any age with some classes, they can learn so many different things — they can build a lot of character, strength, flexibility, and courage. Hopefully, they can also develop a sense of fearlessness. – Nastia Liukin

Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on? – Peter McWilliams

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. – Roy Disney

I just stay focused, and I always think about gymnastics. I am just doing what I always do… working really hard and pushing myself to the maximum and keeping myself motivated. – Aly Raisman

If you’re not standing on the edge, you’re taking up too much space. – Suzanne Yoculan

The first time I walked into the Olympic athlete village seeing the Visa ATM machine with my picture on it and the Chinese characters saying ‘Destiny.’ For some reason it just boosted my confidence and it was before I had even worked out or had my first training or competed. – Nastia Liukin

I started from zero and went back to the basics in gymnastics. – Shawn Johnson

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision. – Muhammad Ali

If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve success. – Nastia Liukin

There will be mistakes and 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

Gymnastics has made me strong. I feel like it broke me down to my lowest point, but at the same time, it has given me the greatest strength anyone could ask for. – Shawn Johnson

We’re taught at such a young age that you can always be better and that you’re never perfect and that you’re never good enough. – Shawn Johnson

I just tell people to listen to your heart. Anything is possible if you are doing something you love. – Alicia Sacramone

A comeback in gymnastics is almost impossible in itself. – Shawn Johnson

Jump off the beam, flip off the bars, follow your dreams and reach for the stars. – Nadia Comaneci

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Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money, it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

To be a gymnast, you must have the strength to hold on and the courage to let go. – Madison Kocian

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

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. – Tim Notke

The only risk is not taking the risk. You’ve got to take that step. – Jaycie Phelps

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

Goals have to be realistic and flexible. – Shannon Miller

Tough times never last, but tough people do! – Robert Schuller

Set your goals, follow your dreams, listen to your heart and don’t let anything stand in your way. – Brandy Johnson

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. – Olga Korbut

In gymnastics, the longest routine you do is a minute and a half, and that’s pretty tough to get through. – Shannon Miller

I did gymnastics when I was growing up and to this day I can still do the splits. – Kristin Kreuk

To reach your goals, you must grab on with both hands. – Unknown

Hard word has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win. – Nadia Comaneci

It is not about being the best, it’s about being better than you were yesterday. – Unknown

Somewhere behind the athlete you have become and the hours of practices and the coaches who pushed you… is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… Play for her. – MiaHamm

I know gymnastics. It’s always been a subjective appreciation. – Bela Karolyi

This is how [the] sport has contributed to my personality, toughness and discipline. I have a plan, and I work on it. – Svetlana Khorkina

It might have been easier to retire, to say my knee couldn’t handle it and let that be that. At the same time, the prospect of not being able to compete in gymnastics anymore was heartbreaking. – Shawn Johnson

Everything is about your movements and precision and timing, which is what gymnastics is about. – Shawn Johnson

Gymnastics is not only a good thing to live by, but it is important to understand how it does help you in life. – Shawn Johnson

Practice as if its competition, but compete as if its practice. – Peter Vidmar

…above all, you have to love what you are doing. You cannot fake passion. If you love it you can fight through the rough times and enjoy the good times. – Shannon Miller

When I go in to compete, whether it’s gymnastics or anything else, I do my own thing. I compete with myself. – Shannon Miller

The one day you don’t go into practice and use that day to the fullest is the one day someone is going to beat you. – Blaine Wilson

There is always going to be a reason why you can’t do something; your job is to constantly look for the reasons why you can achieve your dreams. – Shannon Miller

Strength and conditioning are the keys to good performance and longevity in gymnastics. – Suzanne Yoculan

The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen. – Nike

Real atheltes don’t wear pants, they wear leotards. Reach for the stars with your toes – Unknown

We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give. – Simone Biles

I’ve learned how to stay humble. I don’t want to get in over my head because when you do that it takes you off your game. – Gabby Douglas

Never give up and always keep fighting, because though times may be tough, the sacrifices do pay off, so just keep pushing towards your dream and just love it at the same time and enjoy it. – Gabby Douglas

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. – Ivan Ivankov

…there are no limits on your dreams if you’re willing to work for it. – Shannon Miller

I don’t think my natural talent is much different to the other gymnasts. It is a matter of how I train and how I think about my training. I also give a lot of thought to my routines. – Kohei Uchimura

If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything. – Clara Hughes

It is not how good you are, it is how good you want to be. – Unknown

Be yourself. It’s really important not to try and be someone else. – Katelyn Ohashi

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

Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit. – Mary Lou Retton

Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself. – Mary Schmich

You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. – Kyla Ross

Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off. – Mary Lou Retton

Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win. – Nadia Comaneci

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

In gymnastics, you have to be perfect every step along the way. – Shannon Miller

I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot. – Nadia Comaneci

In Gymnastics, there is no such thing as an overnight success. – Laurie Hernandez

All of my fans gave me confidence and reassurance that I was not just some little girl who was good at gymnastics, but that I could compete and fight for a spot in the Olympics. – Maria Filatov

If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly. – Guy Finley

Trust in your training, and make it happen. – Peter Vidmar

Gymnastics demands so much of our time. We train all week and travel and compete on weekends. The people you’re surrounded by really become your second family, your best friends, your sisters. My coach was like a second mother for me. – Amanda Borden

After thorough reflection, I realized that my desire to achieve my goals in this sport outweighed my self-doubt. This perseverance has helped me to be successful not only in gymnastics, but in my non-athletic life as well. – Jonathan Horton

Talent alone is not enough. I believe that a really good gymnast is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. – Vladislav Rastorotsky

Don’t set your goals to be a star. Set your goals to be the best that you can be and go from there. – Dominique Dawes

I love gymnastics because it has no citizenship. However, it has its own Universal language that any child can understand no matter where they live. – Maria Filatov

Gymnastics taught me everything; life lessons, responsibility and discipline and respect. – Shawn Johnson

To be a champion, you must train like a champion.

Part of being a good gymnast is being very disciplined – you have to know how to train right, eat right, sleep right. – Jonathan Horton

The first time I come to the gym I told my coach I would like to become an Olympic Champion. – Svetlana Boguinskaia

You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment! – Aly Raisman

Everyone gets scared, and everyone falls. The key is to get right back up and try again. – Shannon Miller

Flexibility is the greatest strength. – Steven Redhead

My earliest memory was watching gymnastics on live TV and wanting to do what the ‘big girls’ did. – Laurie Hernandez

Being great at your sport has nothing to do with trophies or awards. It has everything to do with the decision to relentlessly chase more progress every day. – Shawn Johnson

You just have to be yourself and go full with confidence and be courageous. – Gabby Douglas

I am who I am today because of a lot of the things I’ve learned in gymnastics. – Katelyn Ohashi

Gymnastics, for me, gave me a lot of self-pride: that drive to want to be great at something for myself. – Amanda Borden

After a while, if you work on a certain move consistently then it doesn’t seem so risky. The idea is that the move stays dangerous and it looks dangerous to my opponents — but it isn’t to me. That is my secret. – Nadia Comaneci

Through that experience of doing gymnastics again, I found my love and my passion for all the sport does have to offer. It offers much more than an Olympic accolade or National Title. It was grounding, it made me an extremely hard worker, super motivated. – Kristie Phillips

I learned to take those experiences that were difficult in my life and in the adversity that I had overcome to use it for a positive change. – Dominique Moceanu

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

The main thing for a gymnast is total concentration while competing. At such moments one has to put everything else behind. – Ludmilla Tourischeva

You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there. – Edwin Louis Cole

I would tell any girl who has a dream like this to just do whatever it takes to make it, because in the end it’s definitely worth it. – Phoebe Mills

As a competitor, you have to learn pretty quickly how to deal with pressure. – Mitch Gaylord

Practice like you have never won. Perform like you have never lost. – Kyla Ross

I’ve learned that you don’t have to win first place to win. – Kim Zmeskal

If you want to take it up a step and aim to become a competitive gymnast, you have to be mentally strong and prepared to take on the workload of going to the gym every day, rain or shine. – Shannon Miller

Gymnastics has taught me so many lessons, and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything that I’ve gone through. – Katelyn Ohashi

Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something. – Laurie Hernandez

Staying humble has always been really important to me, and always being proud of what you’re representing. – Jordyn Wieber

The most difficult thing to overcome is yourself. It’s difficult to force oneself to get up and keep going when things are tough. – Aliya Mustafina

When you are on the podium nobody is asking you if you are 15 or 30 years old. What matters is who can do great gymnastics. – Oksana Chusovitina

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