Doing your best is more important than being the best.
Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself.
Face each day with the expectation of achieving good, rather than the dread of falling short.
Gymnastics uses every single part of your body, every little tiny muscle that you never even knew.
When I go in to compete, whether it's gymnastics or anything else, I do my own thing. I compete with myself.
Everyone gets scared, and everyone falls. The key is to get right back up and try again.
Gymnastics is a lot like life. You don't become an Elite gymnast by bickering and having a negative attitude. You have to be positive to get to that level.
It's amazing to me that they're cutting physical education programs in the school systems
I'm a competitor. I really enjoyed the race more than just going out and running to run
Gymnastics is the type of sport where you can't take something that gives you more energy. Something may be great for the vault, but then you have the bars after it and you have to be more sedate for that.
At the Olympics, you there to do a job. I feel you should take it seriously. You should be respectful. You are putting on the red-white-and-blue and going out there to perform for your country.
I think it's really important to look at the big picture instead of just one competition
It's important to have a plan, a big picture. You can deviate from it or change it completely, but it gives you something to work for.
In gymnastics, the longest routine you do is a minute and a half, and that's pretty tough to get through
I want to bring more gymnastics on television.
I think that to be a competitive athlete, you have to be goal-oriented.
We typically don't choose our athletes until about a month prior to the Games because anything can happen.
...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.
Goals have to be realistic and flexible.
And we realized that it was kind of a starting point for gymnastics, to go professional, and also to just get a lot more of the audiences in the arenas on the off years, in the years that we're not in the Olympics.
There are parents, siblings, teachers and friends, but counting on them to motivate you isn't fair. They've all got their own lives, and while the may be able to help you out, if you can motivate yourself, then you're golden.
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.
When you grow up on camera and in the public eye, you feel you have to put forth this image. I just took that to the extreme and there was a lot of pressure on me
I'm used to short distances and short bursts of energy; it was just fastest
I'm an athlete rep, so I'll be available if they need me for anything
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