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All Quotes by author - Laurie Hernandez
" A goal of making it to the Olympic Games has motivated me to work very hard in my sport. "
" As an athlete, the most important thing is the protein that you eat and the things that you put into your body. Without that, it's very hard to function throughout the day. "
" As far as cartoons go, I watched a lot of 'Ed, Edd, n Eddy' when I was a kid. "
" Basically, I was a little bit nervous before competing beam at the Olympics, and I had this nervous thing to just talk to myself, like 'You can do it, you can do it.' And right before I hopped up there, I said, 'I got this.' "
You Can Do It
" Being able to do something that I love and be at such a high level of gymnastics is just amazing. "
" Being able to wear contacts, you don't have to worry about your glasses falling off or how you look during your beam routine. As soon as they're in, literally two minutes later, you forget that they're on. "
" Coming into 'Dancing With the Stars,' I thought it would be a lot easier. "
" Dancing is different than gymnastics, but it's a good different, and it's something that I've always wanted to try. "
" Dancing is so much fun. "
" Don't let people tell you that you can't do something. "
" Even though I'm a gymnast, I've always loved dancing. "
" Everyone keeps asking me when I have time to rest. I'll tell you when: I get all my sleep on planes. If the flight is five hours, my nap is five hours! I'll sleep through the whole flight. "
" Every year, my mom makes sure I have my checkups and everything, which is probably a really good idea. She's great with all that health stuff. "
" Growing up and seeing Shawn Johnson, for her to call me on the phone, I think my inner child was freaking out! "
" Growing up, there wasn't an exact Hispanic role model that I had. I didn't realize how big a difference I was making, going to the Olympics and being Hispanic, until I would be in an autograph session, and parents would come up to me and say, 'You know, our family is so proud of you, you're really doing Hispanics proud.' "
" Having the opportunity to go to the U.S. Olympics was great because I was the first Latina in over 30 years to compete in gymnastics at the Olympics. "
" Homeschooling is great because it's extremely lenient, and so if there's a day I come home from practice and mentally, I'm just exhausted, I can actually just save the test for the next day if I really have to. "
" Honestly, I don't really know the rules of tango! "
" I am extremely close to my grandma. Growing up, she would always do my hair; she was always the one who would make me chocolate milk or rice when I came home. "
" I am second-generation American, and my grandparents are from Puerto Rico. "
" I definitely take it as a really big responsibility on my shoulders to make sure I'm motivating my generation and the people around me and, hopefully, inspire people to try something new. "
" I do like writing. When I was a little kid, I used to love writing funny, silly stories - and my mom would always encourage it. I don't know why I ever stopped! "
" I don't see it as pressure at all. I see it as such an honor to just in some sort of way represent Puerto Rico and Hispanics and all the girls out there. "
" I don't think that being Hispanic, being black, being white - I don't think that limits you to anything. I think everyone should just go for what they want. "
" I feel I could be a role model to other Hispanic gymnasts interested in the sport, but I also want them to understand the importance of being focused, determined, and not giving up, despite all the struggles. "
" I feel that, every day, God molds me into someone that He wants me to be. So if that means just, like, talking to teammates and helping them out, or, like, every so often I'll post a Bible verse on Twitter or Instagram. "
" If I could go anywhere, I'd love to visit Greece someday because it looks so beautiful, and I'd also love to go to Mexico. "
" If you think too far ahead, then it'll just stress you out. "
" If you want to train hard enough to go to the Olympics, then you're going to go out, and you're going to do it. It doesn't matter what skin color or who you are. "
" I got a piece of a dead person's ligament in my body. "
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