50 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 Parents.com

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 Parents.com

4. “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

5. 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, Winning Every Day

Funny Gymnastics Quotes:

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

-Source Unknown

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

-Paul Valery

8. “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:

9. “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 

10. “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

11. 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:

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

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

13. “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

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14. “To reach your goals, you must grab on with both hands.”

15. “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

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

– Nadia Comaneci

17. Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

– Mary Schmich, Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young

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18. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

19. “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t’ is you. And you don’t have to listen.”


20. “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, told to About.com

21. “Stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will’.”

David Copperfield

22. ” If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything. ”

-Clara Hughes, 6 time Olympic medalist Speed Skater

Gymnastics Quotes On Fear:

23. “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

24. “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 About.com Gymnastics 4/23/09

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

-Nastia Liukin’s Twitter

26. “You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there.”

Edwin Louis Cole

27. “If you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to fly”

– Guy Finley, in The Secret of Letting Go

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Gymnastics Quotes On Hard Work:

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

-Svetlana Boguinskaya, Source Unknownnastia liukin gymnastics quote

29. “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

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

-Shannon Miller, Huffington Post Interview

31. ” To be a champion, you must train like a champion.”

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


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

– Gabby Douglas

34. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

– Tim Notke

35. “Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.”

– Nadia Comaneci

36. “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”

– Dan Gable

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For the Love of the Sport:

37. “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

38. “…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

39. “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

40. “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:

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

-Bela Karolyi, Harvard Business Review Interview

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

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

43. Focus: Is a process of diverting one’s scattered forces into one powerful channel.

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

-Roy Disney

45. “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”

– Muhammad Ali

Other Gymnastics Quotes:

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

-Vladislav Rastorotsky, Olympic Heroes: Ludmilla Turischeva

47. 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

48.   “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

49. “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

50. “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

51. 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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