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All Quotes by author - Nadia Comaneci
" After retiring from competition in 1981, I did exhibitions and coached. "
" As an Olympic champion gymnast, I have always stayed involved in my sport. "
" At 14, you think you compete, you retire and you get a job. I didn't think gymnastics was a career that was going to change my life. "
" At some particular time, when I was 14 years old, I've done something that people didn't expect. "
" At the end of the day, I just want to see good gymnastics! "
" Ceausescu thought I had only a few medals, but I have a room full of them in Bucharest, between 150-200 in all. They needed suitcases to haul them out. "
" Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day. And don't lose the passion and the love for what you do. "
" Every generation comes with a unique athlete, I don't think anybody wants to be the next Nadia; they want to be themselves. "
" Everything I do today is because of what I did when I was 14. "
" Gymnastics is so huge in the Olympics. There are a lot of fans who want to see more. "
" Gymnastics should be popular everywhere; you just need the right person to start the right programme. "
" Gymnastics was my way to travelling the world. "
" Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win. "
" I always say I don't want to change anything in my life. "
" I always say, 'When the Olympics are happening, you shouldn't be in any other place in the planet - you should be here.' "
" I am a relaxed person. I am very happy. "
" I am not a perfect 10 anymore. I can only try my best. "
" I am very highly appreciated in my country, and everybody seems to love me. "
" I basically have my life today as a result of what I did as a child. What did I miss out on? Yeah, I missed not hanging out at shopping malls, I guess, but that is not a big deal because you don't get a medal for that. "
" I believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives. "
" I cannot change anything, so I don't want to think about what I would have done. "
" I come from a communist country. We learned nothing of lawyers, nothing about rights. "
" I come from a wonderful country with wonderful people. "
" I couldn't do everything in the first or second day; it took me years to be able to get to the achievement that I've had. I wasn't perfect from the beginning. "
" I did not even look at the scoreboard when my routine was done in 1976. "
" I didn't know I wanted to be a gymnast; I was just introduced to the gym. I loved the place because it looked like a hi-tech playground with mats and a lot of things I can hang from. "
" I didn't realize that winning the Olympics at age 14 automatically put me in the category of being a celebrity. "
" 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. "
" I don't think many people consider in their heart that they have two places that are home. "
" I ended up in the US for a month or so, before moving to Montreal with some Romanian friends. "
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