Gymnastics

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 If you are afraid of failure, you don't deserve success. (Nastia Liukin)  To Become a CHAMPION: Take your worst event and make it your best... AND THEN, take your worst event and make it your best... AND THEN, take your worst event and make it your best... (Gerald S. George, Ph.D.)  When you walk in the gym you leave everything behind. Its like a total diferent world, its your second family. We gymnast spend more time in the gym than with our parents. We do gymnastics not to please our family but to please ourselfs. (Angelina Soto - 12 years old gymnast)  Hope is to wish you could do something. Faith is to believe you can do something. Courage is to get up there and do it because you know you can, you have no doubt about it. (Angelina Soto - 12 years old gymnast)  I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. I think if you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done. (Mike Ditka)  The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. (Baron de Coubertin, The Olympic Creed)  A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught! (Thomas A. Kempis)  You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. (Eleanor Roosevelt)  Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity. (Paul Goodman)  Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. (Samuel Johnson)  Hard work and togetherness. They go hand in hand. You need the hard work because it's such a tough atmosphere... to win week in and week out. You need togetherness because you don't always win, and you gotta hang though together. (Tony Dungy)  "I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything: "I will try" has accomplished wonders. (George P. Burnham)  Success doesn't "happen." It is organized, preempted, captured, by consecrated common sense. (F.E. Willard)  We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs. (Francois Fenelon)  A person is only as big as the dream they dare to live. (Unknown)  The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason. (Marya Mannes)  There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. (Beverly Sills)  A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it. (Alistair Cooke)  Success doesn't come to you...you go to it. (Marva Collins)  Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. (Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931), Harper's Monthly, 1932)  It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours. (Sam Ewing)  People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it. (Howard Newton)  The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of other; it is in yourself alone. (Orison Swett Marden)  I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. (John D. Rockefeller)  Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength. (Anonymous)  I wasn't too good at vaulting, and I didn't have running speed and jumping power. (Mitsuo Tsukahara, JPN, Intl. Gymnast 11/82)  The mind is perhaps one of the greatest factors in gymnastics; if one can't control his mind, he can't control his body. (William Meade, USA)  A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. (Walter Bagehot)  Every single element, even the most hair-raising, can be improved. (Dmitry Bilozerchev, URS, World Gymnastics 1983/4)  Forget past...
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