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" My parents- they've been my biggest influences and supporters since day one. They teach me every day that happiness comes from within and not from something outside of your heart. "
" I didn't make it a priority, and as a result my knee didn't heal to the extent it should have. "
" My knee is almost back to normal. I am back in training. "
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" Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice. "
" I know how much more I need to do to be where I want. "
" I need to learn how to face challenges. "
" After 13 years of hard landings in gymnastics, one ski run had delivered the biggest injury of my career. "
" People only see gymnastics on TV and in the Olympics at such an extreme. So it can be intimidating. "
" Staying healthy and consistent is paramount. "
" I want to go to college, obviously go to London and just kind of figure out the rest of my life. "
" Gymnastics is so complex. "
" With literature, sometimes a book is presented in the media as being say, a Muslim story or an African story, when essentially it's a universal story which we can all relate to it, no matter what race or social background we come from. "
" 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 think about my goals. There were a lot of times in gymnastics when I really didn't want to go in and train, but you can't make it to the Olympics if you don't train! "
" My other life keeps me calm and grounded and normal. "
" I started from zero and went back to the basics in gymnastics. "
" 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. "
" I fell in love with running, and I finally have time to do it now. "
" I always feel like I'm the young one, I'm the small one. "
" I'm pleased to say my knee feels a lot better. It's still not back to normal, and I don't know if it ever will be, but I'm learning to deal with it instead of expecting it to be like it was before. "
" People put too much emphasis on looks. "
" 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 have a chaperone everywhere I go - my mom. "
" When I was 3 my parents put me in gymnastics because I was a bundle of energy and they just didn't know what to do with me! They put me in a Tots class and I just fell in love with it. "
" 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 have a healthy lifestyle, but there's nothing you can really do to prevent from rolling an ankle or something like that. "
" I have a lot of expectations and a lot of goals I want to fulfill, but the biggest dream is still to make the Olympic team for London. "
" I pay attention to my diet to be a healthier gymnast, but I'm not obsessive over it. "
" Everything is about your movements and precision and timing, which is what gymnastics is about. "
" Of course, when you're training your whole life to get to the Olympics, you train for gold. "
" It's about putting in the hours and going through the paces. "