Gymnastics Quotes

Gymnastics Quotes – Learn from some of the best gymnasts in this fun collection. From Nadia Comaneci, Shawn Johnson and Aly Raisman, to Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, we’ve got you covered. Find a gymnastic quote that will make you flip!

The Best Gymnastics Quotes

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

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

I had a couple friends from all the different cliques in school, but my true friends were my gymnastics teammates. I grew up competing with them for ten years.
Nicole Anderson

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Gymnast Quotes

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

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

Because up to sixteen years old you feel gymnastics more. You can show your emotion, grace, like woman gymnastics, not kid’s gymnastics. I feel I have good shape, and I can do it elements everything, but, it’s not competition for me.
Olga Korbut

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

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

Gymnastic Quotes

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

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

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

Gymnastic Sayings and Quotes

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

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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Famous Quotes for Gymnasts

It’s definitely a necessity to make split-second decisions when you’re doing gymnastics because things don’t always go perfect.
Jacob Dalton

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

Standing on the podium at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and receiving a gold medal was the crowning jewel in a successful gymnastics career and, most certainly, the confirmation that my parents’ sacrifices were not in vain.
Dominique Moceanu

What’s endlessly complicated in thinking about women’s gymnastics is the way that vulnerability and power are threaded through the sport.
Meghan O’Rourke

My entire adolescence was geared toward one thing: gymnastics.
Kerri Strug

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Simone Biles Quotes on Gymnastics

Note: At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Simone captured the interest of the world with her outstanding overall performance. She was famous in gymnastics circles before then, but the Rio Olympics was a launching pad to the entire world.

I think what sets me apart is how bubbly (I am) and how much joy I find in it, because it really does come all from inside whenever I go out there on the floor. Everyone is so serious out there and then I’m like ‘Hey guys!’ That’s how I have fun doing what I do, and it’s how it works best for me, and how I get my success out there.
Simone Biles

The girls did their jobs. We went out there and had fun with it. It comes from all the practices we’ve done. We’re so prepared for this, we came into it mentally stronger. We were like, ‘OK, we’re actually really prepared for this, maybe even over-prepared, so let’s go and have some fun.’ I think that’s what we all did.
Simone Biles

Mentally, I have to get my body and mind in the right place before I start the routine, but once into the zone, it’s like I turn on a switch….I envision myself doing the same thing for the Olympic Games.
Simone Biles

I was missing out on public school and going to the football games, prom or homecomings….But I’ve been to three World Championships … so I think it’s like a win-win.
Simone Biles

I was pretty disappointed in how I did (at Worlds in 2015) Glasgow, because I knew I could do better. Even though I came out on top with the gold it just didn’t feel good because for me I did bad.
Simone Biles

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More Quotations from gymnast Simone Biles (Rio Olympics 2016 Star)

I just try to find the good in everything and try to have a positive outlook on (competitions), so that we all have a good time and a fun time and we compete to the best of our ability.
Simone Biles

You just kind of feel everything like all your hard work put into that one moment and especially with the team you all get to share that memory together and remember forever.
Simone Biles

I’m very fortunate to have a coach that I got to stay with all this time. Every year the bond gets stronger and better and we understand each other more. And it’s like she can tell if I walk into the gym what kind of mood I’m in, what she has to fix for the practice I need or how I’m feeling. So it’s really nice to have someone that can just like read me just right off the bat when I walk in the gym.
Simone Biles, on her coach

It was a learning process together. So I think that’s what helped us both, because we were kind of both clueless about it. So we were just learning together.
Simone Biles, on her coach

She always told me that although I am small, that doesn’t limit my power or define me. For me, I don’t think about size — I focus more on being powerful and confident.
Simone Biles, on her mother

On skill building

She makes me so glad I retired! She literally throws my hardest skills, that I kind of paved a new way in gymnastics for, as her easiest pass. It’s really humbling. I literally watch her, and I’m just in awe.
Shawn Johnson, on Simone Biles

Nadia back at the time was considered the absolute perfection…Then Mary Lou at her time was considered the wonder child of gymnastics, and now Simone’s time is coming up  considered absolutely the best gymnast in the world.
Bela Karolyi, on Simone Biles

Words that come to mind: powerful, consistent, fun, always smiling. She is just absolutely a joy. And I think what people need to know about Simone is she loves the sport. She’s incredibly talented, but she just has so much fun out there and it’s absolutely infectious to the audience.
Shannon Miller, on Simone Biles

She delivers so consistently. This will probably be her fourth national title, which is just incredible. She is just such a cool, calm and collected competitor. She may not feel that inside, but what she looks like out there, she takes control. I think that’s a settling feeling going into the Olympics, particularly for the first time. It sets a good tone for the rest of the team.
Shannon Miller, on Simone Biles

She may be the most talented gymnast I’ve ever seen in my life, honestly. And I don’t even think she’s tapped into what she really can do. I think she’s unbeatable.
Mary Lou Retton, on Simone Biles

Nadia Comaneci Quotes About Gymnastics

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

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

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.
Nadia Comaneci

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

I believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives.
Nadia Comaneci

Bela Karolyi Quotes on Gymnastics

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

The Olympics shows the community what gymnastics is all about.
Bela Karolyi

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

The rest of the world laughed at American gymnastics before I came.
Bela Karolyi

Shawn Johnson

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

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

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

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

When I was 3 my parents put me in gymnastics because I was a bundle of energy and they just didn’t know what to do with me! They put me in a Tots class and I just fell in love with it.
Shawn Johnson

Every year I just kept going back to gymnastics, but I didn’t start out training 10 hours a day. When I turned 10 or 11, I got more serious and I focused a lot on making it to the elite level, and from there I just kept going.
Shawn Johnson

Quotes by Gabby Douglas

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

My mom says I’m a fighter, a fierce competitor, and I think I am, too.
Gabby Douglas

Toward the end of the Olympics, you get physically tired and drained. And no matter how much rest you have, your body is tired.
Gabby Douglas

I kind of do think of myself as a superhero and just flying high, and doing these crazy flips.
Gabby Douglas

I had to face a lot coming through this journey, a lot of sacrifices, difficulties, challenges, and injuries.
Gabby Douglas

You’ve got to be confident when you’re competing. You’ve got to be a beast.
Gabby Douglas

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

NOTE: The Douglas quotes attributed to Gabby came before the Rio Olympics.

More Gabby Douglas Words of Wisdom on gymnastics

It’s very tough for me to focus. I’m like: ‘Look, something shiny! No, focus. Oh, there goes a butterfly!’
Gabby Douglas

Gospel music always relaxes me and calms my nerves.
Gabby Douglas

The one snack I really love is YoCrunch yogurt. It’s like an apple pie in a cup! You have your apples on the bottom, your yogurt in the middle, and piecrust crumbs on top.
Gabby Douglas

Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears and effort in the gym every day.
Gabby Douglas

Shannon Miller

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.
Shannon Miller

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

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

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.
Shannon Miller

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

Aly Raisman Quotes

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

I was two years old when my mom put me in mommy and me classes. I always had a lot of energy so it was the perfect fit!
Aly Raisman

My school friends are really understanding and still want to hang out with me. Ever since I was in sixth grade, I was at the gym every day to work out while my friends were getting their nails done or going to the mall. I used to feel left out, but I don’t anymore.
Aly Raisman

Especially in the car ride to and from gym. I find myself spacing out a lot, just visualizing what the Olympics would be like and just having such great role models.
Aly Raisman

Gymnastic Team Quotes by Aly Raisman

I was always really inspired by watching the older girls competing, just seeing other Olympians do great things, and I just really wanted to be a part of that whole experience. And to be able to represent USA was always a goal of mine.
Aly Raisman

If I had tried the Olympics any younger, I wouldn’t have been as prepared as I am right now. But there are definitely a ton of juniors out there, all around the world and in the USA, that if there was no age limit, they could definitely make the Olympic team.
Aly Raisman

I’m focused now, definitely. I absolutely need to show everyone that I’m powerful and strong and can be graceful and artistic, too.
Aly Raisman

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

NOTE: The quotes authors are noted below each quotation.

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