Inspirational Gymnastics Quotes from Gymnasts

Here are a few inspirational gymnastics quotes to help inspire you to do your best. Gymnastics is one of the few sports where being 25 is considered old. Most of the top gymnasts in the world started training at a very young age since there’s a pretty small window of time where they have a chance to become one of the best. Like any other sport, in order to become great, a lot of time and dedication is needed. Controlling your nerves while hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people are watching you perform can be quite a challenge. Like in many sports, the ability to perform under pressure is crucial. With a chance of injury at the end of every flip and twist, just deciding to get into this sport takes some courage. Hopefully, these quotes will help you during your journey to the top.

Let’s start with a famous inspiring gymnastics video from the 1996 Olympics:

Gymnastics Quotes and Sayings


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

“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 Strug

“There will be mistakes, there will be falters. There will be things that are not a part of your plan. See the challenges in your life and accept them and embrace them.” – Dominique Dawes

“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.” – Nadia Comaneci

“If you believe you can get through an injury and fight back, and you really love gymnastics enough, you can get through it.” – Courtney Kupets

“Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself.” – Olga Korbut

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

“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

“If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve success.” – Nastia Liukin

“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

“If you lose the nerves, you lose the sport.” – Shawn Johnson

“After a day of football a gymnast would be sore. After a day of gymnastics a football player would be dead.”

“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

“Everyone works hard when they want to, when they get quick results, when it’s convenient to put forth effort. The best work hard when they don’t want to, when it’s inconvenient to give it that little extra effort… and that extra effort might be just what they need to place them on top.” – Peter Vidmar

“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

“It’s human nature to be timid in the face of obstacles, but I have learned to believe that challenges are opportunities for genius to shine. In order to feel alive, we have to accomplish things that we once believed we could not.” – Dominique Moceanu

“Set daily, monthly, and long term goals and dreams. Don’t ever be afraid to dream too big. Nothing is impossible. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve it.” – Nastia Liukin

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