Gymnastics Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gymnastics quotes, gymnastics sayings, and gymnastics proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is always tension in women's gymnastics between athleticism, grace, performance, and eros.     

Meghan O'Rourke

Hard work is always hard work, for young gymnasts and old gymnasts. Whoever can handle this will be a champion.     

Svetlana Boguinskaya

Love it like over splits. You can't expect to give into it all in one sitting. But if you work at it, warm the muscles gradually, your body will eventually accept it as normal.' The bulk of his shoulder nudged my much smaller one lightly. 'It might even feel good.     

Laurel Ulen Curtis

In gymnastics, smaller will always be better in many ways. The stress in the head, that will be the same for all. But the stress on the body and the concussions it must endure, that will always be easier for the little ones     

Bela Karolyi

Competing in gymnastics is the greatest reminder of being alive as a human being.     

Raj Bhavsar

I just stay focused, and I always think about gymnastics. I am just doing what I always do... working really hard and pushing myself to the maximum and keeping myself motivated.     

Aly Raisman

If you're not standing on the edge you're taking up too much space.     

Suzanne Yoculan

I started from zero and went back to the basics in gymnastics.     

Shawn Johnson

Gymnastics has made me strong. I feel like it broke me down to my lowest point, but at the same time, it has given me the greatest strength anyone could ask for.     

Shawn Johnson

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.     

Shawn Johnson

A comeback in gymnastics is almost impossible in itself.     

Shawn Johnson

Jump off the beam, flip off the bars, follow your dreams and reach for the stars.     

Nadia Comaneci

If you believe you can get through an injury and fight back, and you really love gymnastics enough, you can get through it.     

Courtney Kupets

Goals have to be realistic and flexible.     

Shannon Miller

If there has not been such a thing as gymnastics, I would have had to invent it because I feel at one with the sport.     

Olga Korbut

In gymnastics, the longest routine you do is a minute and a half, and that's pretty tough to get through.     

Shannon Miller

I did gymnastics when I was growing up and to this day I can still do the splits.     

Kristin Kreuk

I know gymnastics. It's always been a subjective appreciation.     

Bela Karolyi

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.     

Shawn Johnson

Everything is about your movements and precision and timing, which is what gymnastics is about.     

Shawn Johnson

Gymnastics is not only a good thing to live by, but it is important to understand how it does help you in life.     

Shawn Johnson

When I go in to compete, whether it's gymnastics or anything else, I do my own thing. I compete with myself.     

Shannon Miller

Strength and conditioning are the keys to good performance and longevity in gymnastics.     

Suzanne Yoculan

It is through artistic gymnastics that I have experienced a lot of joy, pleasure and satisfaction about my own physical abilities from childhood days. Those who only see the labour in my discipline fail to recognise the aesthetic component completely. This, however, is deeply connected with the human soul. Artistic gymnastics has been and always will be a great challenge for me.     

Ivan Ivankov

Wake up every day knowing that today is a new day and only you can determine the outcome of that day. So dream big, accept the challenge, and never look back.     

Alicia Sacramone

In gymnastics, you have to be perfect every step along the way     

Shannon Miller

Talent alone is not enough. I believe that a really good gymnast is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.     

Vladislav Rastorotsky

Gymnastics taught me everything - life lessons, responsibility and discipline and respect.     

Shawn Johnson

Flexibility is the greatest strength.     

Steven Redhead

If you want to take it up a step and aim to become a competitive gymnast, you have to be mentally strong and prepared to take on the workload of going to the gym every day, rain or shine.     

Shannon Miller