Quotes by: Nadia Comaneci
Two gold medals and two silver, I don't think is that bad... I think I still did a pretty good job.
Yes, gymnasts aim for perfection, but I never thought about the score. If that's what's in your mind, it will probably mess you up.
You can't jump from little things to big things. It just takes time and patience.
Of course, most people remember that I received the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics competition.
Near the end of my career, I saw things that didn't make too much sense to me when I was a kid.
Gymnastics should be popular everywhere; you just need the right person to start the right programme.
I used to tell people if they looked at a map, it was right in the middle of the United States. But now everybody knows Oklahoma because of the Thunder and their success. I don't know if I'll get 'Why?' anymore.
It's like someone important is missing from a party because you can't imagine an Olympic gymnastics competition without Romania.
My mother never watched me train in Romania. She wasn't allowed, it just wasn't done back then. My training was paid for by the government. My parents were not at the Olympics with me, either. I never expected them to be.
I didn't realize that winning the Olympics at age 14 automatically put me in the category of being a celebrity.
Of course I used to smile and laugh in 1976, but not when I was competing. Please show me somebody who laughs when they are concentrating; I always smiled.
I cannot change anything, so I don't want to think about what I would have done.
I like seeing advanced acrobatics, but I also like to see more than tumbling. It's important to combine the artistry of gymnastics with the tough skills. It's called artistic gymnastics. We should stand by the name.
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.
If I was a boy, nobody would care that I worked out six, seven hours a day when I was 9 years old, no? Why were people always saying 'poor little girl?' I liked to work out and always did more than I was asked to.
I worked hard in gymnastics since the time I was six years old until I retired at 23 years of age.
Of course, I grew up in Communist Romania, but I am happy to say that now our country is democratic, and prospering, since the revolution in 1989.
I remember before the Olympics, I was asked, 'What do you think you're going to do in the Olympics?' and I said, 'I'm hoping I'm going to win a medal, and, if possible, it's going to be a gold one.'