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Mary Lou Retton Quotes


An American gymnast. She was the first female gymnast from outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title.
(1968 - )


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As a kid, I was a pretty good little sprinter.
 

As for me, I'd love to be a cyclist.
 

As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given.
[Self Knowledge]
 

Be cocky. Walk into the Georgia Dome like you own it.
 

Companies that support sports developmental programs in our communities should also be applauded.
[Communities]
 

For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.
 

For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.
 

Former Olympians also get paid to make appearances. Many of them won their medals in an era when Olympic success didn't go hand-in-hand with financial success.
 

Fragile egos are put on the line every day.
 

Getting to know athletes from all over the planet is a big part of the Olympic experience.
 

Having a home away from the media glare is important to world-class athletes.
 

I can't justify taking money away from hungry kids and needy schools to pay for the Games when corporations are willing to write the checks.
 

I know that if I wanted to have a chance at a medal in the Olympics, I was not going to do it if I stayed at home.
 

I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.
 

I love her attitude, but as much as I'd like to bring my medals to a speech or appearance, I never do.
 

I usually don't mind giving autographs, but when hundreds of folks with paper and pen start coming at you, it's time to seek shelter.
 

I'm not a politician and not a policeman, just a mother who wants her baby daughter to grow up in a world where fear doesn't rule.
 

I'm very determined and stubborn. There's a desire in me that makes me want to do more and more, and to do it right. Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.
 

If I had a bad performance in a particular leotard, I threw it in the trash.
[Performance]
 

In L.A., we had a game room with a new sensation called Pac-Man.
 


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