Quotes by: Nadia Comaneci
I think that when you are on a four-inch balance beam, you don't care about laughing or smiling or waving to the crowd because you're going to be down in a second.
My marriage to my husband, Bart Conner in 1996 is my proudest personal moment.
When I look back, I am happy that my mum took me to the gymnastics club. I didn't join gymnastics to become a famous athlete or celebrity; it just happened - I did more than I expected, of course.
If I was 14 or 15 again, I would do the same thing. I've done everything. I think I've accomplished more than I had in mind.
I made the cover of 'Sports Illustrated,' 'Newsweek' and 'Time' all in one week, and I didn't even know what that meant.
When I was 14, I had no pressure. I was a kid, and I didn't understand all the attention.
See, when I went to the Olympics in '76, the gymnastics people knew that I was good, but everybody else, after I won, everybody was like, 'Where's she coming from? Who is she? What is Romania?'
The - I don't want to say older, but the more experienced I get, I treasure and I honor what I've done much more.
In the '80 Olympics... people expected me to win. I was good enough to win, and I made a mistake and ended up second, which is pretty good, too.
I was turning actually 15 at the Olympics in '76... I don't think that one year makes a huge difference.
We used to exchange leotards with gymnasts from other countries. I don't remember who I got my most prized leotard from, but it was one with a lot of stars on it.
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.
I don't think many people consider in their heart that they have two places that are home.
Every generation comes with a unique athlete, I don't think anybody wants to be the next Nadia; they want to be themselves.
I like to tell young people to work hard for your goals and live in the moment.
I wasn't allowed to leave Romania. That made me mad. You just want your freedom. You want your space. You want opportunity.
When you're growing up, you realize you've got a lot of heavy things on your shoulders.
Now, I have a kid, I have businesses to take care of, I have to travel. I have to sit down... and find a little time for me.
I tell people, 'Have you ever been to Oklahoma? There are a lot of nice people there that do wonderful things.'