Gymnastics Quotes

Here’s a list of gymnastics quotes.  Put these on your walls in your bedroom or bathroom, on post it notes on your desk, or as the cover on your binder as good reminders throughout the day.  Most of these are from gymnasts or coaches, but there are a few others tossed in as well.  Also, follow my Gymnastics Quotes board on Pinterest.  Enjoy!

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On Gymnastics:

1. “Everything is about your movements and precision and timing, which is what gymnastics is about.”

-Shawn Johnson, USA Today Interview

2. “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, Interview with

3. “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, Interview with

Funny Gymnastics Quotes:

4. “Seven days without gymnastics makes one weak.”

-Source Unknown

5. “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”

-Paul Valery

6. “Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.”

-Doug Larson

Gymnastics Quotes On Mistakes:

7. “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, Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams 

8. “If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘FAILURE’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

-Mary Pickford

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

-Peter McWilliams, Life 101

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Motivational Gymnastics Quotes:

10. “Tough times never last, but tough people do!”

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

11. “Set your goals, follow your dreams, listen to your heart and don’t let anything stand in your way.”

-Brandy Johnson, Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics Academy motto

12. “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, Huffington Post Interview

13. “Jump off the beam, flip off the bars, follow your dreams and reach for the stars.” (Wall Decal)

– Nadia Comaneci

Gymnastics Quotes On Fear:

14. “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

15. “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, Told to Gymnastics 4/23/09

16. “If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve success.”

-Nastia Liukin’s Twitter

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Gymnastics Quotes On Hard Work:

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

-Svetlana Boguinskaya, Source Unknown

18. “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, Source Unknown

19. “…there are no limits on your dreams if you’re willing to work for it”

-Shannon Miller, Huffington Post Interview

20. “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”


21. “Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made.” (Wall Sticker)

– Gabby Douglas

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For the Love of the Sport:

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

-Svetlana Khorkina, Altapress and Sport Express Interviews

23. “…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, Celebrity Baby Scoop Interview

24. “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, Charity event before a Mets game

25. “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.”  (Wall Decal)

– Mary Lou Retton

Gymnastics Quotes On Sacrifices & Hard Decisions:

26. “Success depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice, how much you are willing to alter your everyday life for a particular goal.”

-Bela Karolyi, Harvard Business Review Interview

27. “I don’t call them sacrifices. I call them exchanges.”

-Shawn Johnson, Interview with  [On sacrificing family time, friend time, school time and social time for gym time]

28. “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

-Roy Disney

Other Gymnastics Quotes:

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

-Vladislav Rastorotsky, Olympic Heroes: Ludmilla Turischeva

30. 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, The Illustrated History of Gymnastics

31.   “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, Inaugural Speech of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

32. “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

33. “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, Deloitte interview

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

-Shannon Miller, Winning Every Day

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of gymnastics quotes. If you have any others you think I should add let me know!

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