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.
Everyone gets scared, and everyone falls. The key is to get right back up and try again.
Gymnastics uses every single part of your body, every little tiny muscle that you never even knew.
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.
When I go in to compete, whether it's gymnastics or anything else, I do my own thing. I compete with myself.
I'm a competitor. I really enjoyed the race more than just going out and running to run
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.
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.
It's amazing to me that they're cutting physical education programs in the school systems
I think it's really important to look at the big picture instead of just one competition
In gymnastics, the longest routine you do is a minute and a half, and that's pretty tough to get through
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.
Goals have to be realistic and flexible.
...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.
I got into law school to supplement my business background. I'm not planning to practice law.
It's been really good to have a goal and go after it. That feels good
Charles Barkley was a big teddy bear.
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
At an Olympics Game, you want to enjoy it, especially if you know it's going to be your last one.
I'm an athlete rep, so I'll be available if they need me for anything
There's not a whole lot of events out there on television, especially in the years between Olympic Games.
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