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" My other life keeps me calm and grounded and normal. "
" I was able to do Classics, the U.S. national championships and the Pan American Games and feel like I improved with each meet, but I was still struggling with a lot of residual pain from the two surgeries. "
" I always have someone to look up to, and I think it helps me with motivating myself. "
" Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice. "
" I have a healthy lifestyle, but there's nothing you can really do to prevent from rolling an ankle or something like that. "
" We're taught at such a young age that you can always be better and that you're never perfect and that you're never good enough. "
" Of course, when you're training your whole life to get to the Olympics, you train for gold. "
" I've never had a teammate competing with me my whole life. "
" I was at the Olympic Games winning medals and I still doubted my image. I doubted what I looked like. That's sad. "
" Every year I just kept going back to gymnastics, but I didn't start out training 10 hours a day. When I turned 10 or 11, I got more serious and I focused a lot on making it to the elite level, and from there I just kept going. "
" I told myself after 2008 that I was done for good. But they say you can't keep a gymnast away from her sport. "
" A typical practice consists of practicing every event for about an hour. A lot of people assume I have private coaching, but I work out with 13 other girls at the gym! "
" People only see gymnastics on TV and in the Olympics at such an extreme. So it can be intimidating. "
" I have a chaperone everywhere I go - my mom. "
" Injury taught me I need to learn how to face challenges. "
" I need to learn how to face challenges. "
" I'm doing four hours of gymnastics training a day, six days a week and then an extra two to three hours in a fitness center as well. "
" I didn't make it a priority, and as a result my knee didn't heal to the extent it should have. "
" I want to go to college, obviously go to London and just kind of figure out the rest of my life. "
" Everything is about your movements and precision and timing, which is what gymnastics is about. "
" My knee is almost back to normal. I am back in training. "
I Am Back
" To have any doubt in your body is the biggest weakness an athlete can have. There are times when I physically can't get myself to go for a skill because I'm thinking, 'My knee hurts really bad.' "
" I don't want to be all power and muscle. "
" It sounds funny, but the 2008 Olympics were something that just kind of happened, and I was lucky they came at a point when I was uninjured and well prepared. As a gymnast, you can't ask for much more. "
" It's been strange and weird watching the other girls at the U.S. Olympic trials just because I was training to be out there myself. "
" Something my mom taught me when I was little is that everything happens for a reason. "
" Retiring was scary and it was tough to give up gymnastics, but so many great opportunities have come from it that I never expected. "
" It might have been easier to retire, to say my knee couldn't handle it and let that be that. At the same time, the prospect of not being able to compete in gymnastics anymore was heartbreaking. "
" After 13 years of hard landings in gymnastics, one ski run had delivered the biggest injury of my career. "
" To finish off this whole Olympics by finally getting the gold medal, it's the best feeling in the world. "
" I started from zero and went back to the basics in gymnastics. "