Quotes by: Nadia Comaneci
It feels good when you come to a place like Oklahoma to charge up the batteries. I need that.
I never thought I would be standing here, married to an All-American guy, living in Oklahoma. What a country.
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.
When you go out of your country and meet people, you get a wider perspective.
At 14, you think you compete, you retire and you get a job. I didn't think gymnastics was a career that was going to change my life.
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 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.
I think gymnastics was associated with the 10. I thought that belonged to the sport, and somehow we gave it way.
One of the most difficult times in my life was when I escaped from Romania in November of 1989.
I think a lot of people don't actually know me. They think, 'She's like this,' or, 'She's like that.' They say I have no emotions - I do, but you couldn't see them then. I had to keep them inside.
I ended up in the US for a month or so, before moving to Montreal with some Romanian friends.
It was good to be a kid because I did not realise all the things that came with the success. Going to the Games, I was asked what I expected to do.
I come from a communist country. We learned nothing of lawyers, nothing about rights.