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.
Work hard for your goals and live in the moment.
Romanians have a saying, 'Not every dog has a bagel on its tail.' It means that not all streets are paved with gold. When I began my career, I just wanted to do cartwheels.
I believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives.
My marriage to my husband, Bart Conner in 1996 is my proudest personal moment.
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.
Jump off the beam, flip off the bars follows your dreams, and reach for the stars
Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.
You should also appreciate the goodness around you, and surround yourself with positive people.
As an Olympic champion gymnast, I have always stayed involved in my sport.
for some people life outside the spotlight is death.
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.
I ended up in the US for a month or so, before moving to Montreal with some Romanian friends.
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.
One of the most difficult times in my life was when I escaped from Romania in November of 1989.
We are not coaching on a daily basis because we often travel with our charity and commercial interests.
I worked hard in gymnastics since the time I was six years old until I retired at 23 years of age.
The only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.
When you fall, leap to your feet and try again.
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.
If I work on a certain move constantly, then finally, it doesn't seem risky to me. The idea is that the move stays dangerous and it looks dangerous to my foes, but it is not to me. Hard work has made it easy.
Of course, most people remember that I received the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics competition.
My parents were very loving, but disciplinarians.
I have had a few turning points, the first day I entered a gymnastics school at age 6.
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