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Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day. And don't lose the passion and the love for what you do.
You can't jump from little things to big things. It just takes time and patience.
You should also appreciate the goodness around you, and surround yourself with positive people.
I have a classic taste with a twist, because classic never goes away.
I live in the moment. I can turn the page and move on.
What makes me happy is the appreciation of people around me.
I know my life story sounds too extraordinary to be true.
I thought I was going to retire at 20, and I was going to be a surgeon.
Life is not easy for anyone. You have to have ups and downs. You can make mistakes. You learn and try not to make them again. That's pretty much my principle.
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I'm not a dreamer for, you know, 'I want to go to the moon someday.' I accomplished something when I was young, which was much more than I expected to. My results were much bigger than I ever dreamed about it.
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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 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.
One of the most difficult times in my life was when I escaped from Romania in November of 1989.
Maybe that's why I like gymnastics - because I like to fly.
People always accused me of not smiling like my rival Olga Korbut, but that was just my personality. When you're balancing on a nine-inch beam, you have to concentrate. But if you look back at the footage, I was always smiling and waving at the crowd after my performances.
We only had white socks in Romania. But when I used to come back from the States, I used to bring back pink and yellow socks with all kind of designs, and hair clips and elastic bands for the ponytail that had colourful designs.
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 believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives.
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.
It's very hard to get to the top. It's hardest to stay at the top.
Romania doesn't have a big tradition of gymnastics as a fun activity. We were a little behind in this aspect.
I had a lot of energy, and my mom decided to look for a place where I can spend the energy, because I was jumping on the couch and furniture, and I was jumping on the top of the things in the house.
I wanted to have a free life.
It's like someone important is missing from a party because you can't imagine an Olympic gymnastics competition without Romania.
I was a perfectionist in gymnastics.
The fans had become used to looking toward the scoreboard whenever a gymnast stuck a landing. You could tell they were thinking, 'Was that good enough? Would the numbers read 10.00?' The athlete was looking, too.
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