Quotes & Poems For Gymnasts

Champions risk what others dare not
Dream what others think impossible
Do what others say can’t be done.
After a day of football a gymnast would be sore.
After a day of gymnastics a football player would be dead.

"We aim above the mark to hit the mark."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle If gymnastics were easy, it would be called football.

10% talent,

90% hard work

Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin

When all else fails, try doing what your coach suggested.

Winners train,

whiners complain.

"Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard"
Even if you fall down face first, you've gone forward

Everyone gets scared, and everyone falls. The key is to get right back up and try again.

Shannon Miller

All greatness is achieved while performing outside your comfort zone.

Greg Arnold

Sometimes the beginning of a great thing does not have a great beginning.

Mike Boggus

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.” –Muhammad Ali
When you are exhausted from trying, try just one more time.  Chrisse Feros "The only thing better than winning is losing knowing you gave your best." Michael Ip It is better to try and fail than to fail to try! Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.

Continuous improvement comes from the willingness to raise the bar each time a goal is met.
"Goals.There's not telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There's no telling what will happen when you act upon them.'

The only one who can tell you 'you can't ' is you. And you don't have to listen.


Just because something is hard doesn't mean you shouldn't try, it just means you should try harder.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

Anyone can tell you you have to do something, but actually doing it is up to you."Brinna R The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke

If you don't push yourself to the limit, how do you know where the limit is?  Kristina K.

Whether you think you can or you can't, you're probably right."

Henry Ford

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.

Vince Lombardi

It is better to fall short of a high mark than to reach a low one.

H. C. Payne

"I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them."

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.


It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports.What's tough is being good every day.

Willie Mays

The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare.

Juma Ikangaa

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.

Lowell Thomas

Don't ever try.

Do it or don't.

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

There's one thing stands between you and success and that's fear. Brent R.
"Nobody said it would be easy, but they all said it would be worth it" "Never let yesterday's disappointments overshadow tomorrow's dreams."

"Make it happen, help it happen, or get out of the way."

Don’t compete like you practice, practice like you compete.

You don't have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great.

Les Brown

Celebrate what you've accomplished, but then raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.

Mia Hamm

Take pride in how far you have come, And have faith in how far you can go.

Amy Hagan

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas Edison

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

Vincent T. Lombardi

“The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.”

Peggy Fleming

Somebody somewhere said,"I don't care if this is nuts and I don't care if it hurts. I'm doing it. I'm going to climb this insanely high mountain. Watch me."

Stick It

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Special Olympics Oath

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. Beverly Sills “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” -John Wooden, American Basketball Coach

Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.

Alen Loy McGinnis

In great attempts it is glorious even to fail. Cassius "It's about being proud of your accomplishments one day and trying to beat them the next" Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. Christine Bovee

“It's kind of fun to do the impossible.” Walt Disney


The Gymnast Prayer

Now as I warm up for this meet,

I pray my competition I can beat.

And if I fail amidst the cheers,

I pray I can hold back my tears.

And one more thing success or not,

I pray the creator of the beam be shot

When you're feeling down because your body hurts

When your hands are torn and your muscles ache

When the beam's so high and you feel you'll fall
When you feel you can't and want to stop it all
When the spring floor feels like concrete
When you feel you're spent and can't compete
And the bars, they seem so wide apart
And vaulting now is not in your heart
When all of this makes you feel like the pits
It's time to relax and think a bit
Of the hours and hours of hard work put in
It's time to collect the dividend
You know why you're here, what it's all about
You know there's no time at all for self-doubt
So get up, with both your body and your mind
And keep it going because you're going to find...
YOU CAN...you can do it with a little more grit

Get up, breathe deep - and GO FOR IT!!

Patience is a man's greatest virtue,
or so the saying goes.
A gymnast must have said it,
for a gymnast surely knows!
That in this funny sport of ours,
discouragement runs high.
And even the very best will find
this virtue has passed us by.
When hands are ripped and throbbing,
when every muscle's sore,
will a gymnast still have patience
to limp in the gym for more?
When you've lost old moves
and progress seems slow,
will you still have faith in better days,
and not feel sad and low?
Can you admit your frightened,
yet not give in to fear?
Can you conquer pain and frustration
and often even tears?
When someone else does something,
you've tried so long to do...
can you still be happy for her,
or just self-pitty for you?
And when success seems far away,
your efforts all in vain,
can you force yourself to wear a smile
and disregaurd the pain?
If despite the pain and tribulations,
you can say "I won't give in"
Maybe some day you'll discover
that its now your time to win

What I Love

When you're heart's pounding
And you just want to stop
Go back home
Sit in your room and rot
When you feel it's not there
Not even way down deep
And you just want to
Call it quits and weep
You've got to remember
It's what you love
Going hard
And flying high above
Think of all those hours
Spent in the gym
Working hard all for
That one big win
When you're about to freeze
Before doing something new
Hear this in your head,
"It's what I love, it's what I do"

Where your smile is truly painted on
because your lips to your teeth are stuck,
and the only thing the coach can do
is pray you don't run amuck.
So all of us should just think a spell
and see that as teammates we're all the same.
We should root for all and everyone
regardless of the name.
Because if you really think about it,
winning isn't worth a dime.
If you haven't had fun getting there
you've missed the best of times.

- Alana Sadler

The contest lasts for moments,
though the training has taken years.
It wasn't the winning alone that was
worth the work and the tears.
The applause will be forgotten,
the prize will be misplaced,
but the long hard hours of practice
will never be a waste.
In trying to win you build a skill,
you learn that winning depends on will.
You never grow by how much you win,
you only grow by how much you put in.
So any new challenge you have just begun,
put forth your best and you have already won.

- W. A. Clennan

The Beast

Homework is done, time to get in the car
Back out of the driveway, the gym’s not that far
Heading down the road, my stomach’s in a knot
What group will I have, do they know I need a spot?
Slouching in the back seat, staring out into space
I used to be excited, but now that’s not the case
Mom interrupts, “let’s go honey, we’re running a bit late”
I snap out of my trance, not feeling too great.
Walking through the door, my palms feeling wet
Nodding at some friends, stretch hasn’t started just yet
Put my bag in the cubby, then on the floor to run,
My eyes glance at beam, this wont be much fun
You see I’m level 7 now and struggling with a new skill
I’m not even 12 years old, but I feel over the hill
It’s the back handspring on beam that’s dragging me down
Haven’t smiled in weeks, have a permanent frown
The groups have been split, level 7’s to BEAM
It could not have been worse, it’s like a bad dream
As we walk on over, I stare at the beast
Of all the events, I love you the least
Coach’s eyes meet mine, “go warm up your back”
“What a great opportunity, to get you on track”
Does he know that I’m scared, having a panic attack?
I have the desire, it’s the courage I lack
It’s my turn to go, I’m trying not to cry
My eyes feel wet, my throat is so dry
As I climb on the beam, my mind filled with fears
I set to go and….get nothing but tears
As a tear hits the beam, I’m in a frozen trance
My heart wants to go, my mind says no chance
Coach says “get down, let me explain something to you”
“When level 10’s are afraid, this is what they do”
“They SET and they GO, they don’t stop to think”
“Their arms go up, they jump back in a blink”
“They tighten their mind, if they hesitate they know”
“The fear will get in, then they just won’t go”
“Use your natural ability, you’ll know what to do”
“You have to trust yourself, as much as we trust you”
“Take a deep breath, and so there’s no misunderstanding”
“The only thought you should have, is to stick your landing”
Back up on the beam, moving kind of slow
My mind starts racing, then I hear “Set…go”
Wipe my hands on my legs, raise my arms over head
This is the moment I always freeze, but this time, instead..
I flew up, arched back, my hands hit just right
As I fly over, I push hard and I fight to stay tight
And in an instant, and to the amazement of all
I had done a back handspring, I did not fall!
My teammates are all cheering, from coach a warm smile
I stuck it, I stuck it, I’m staying up here a while!
So the beast is gone, and now I love beam
It was in me the whole time, or so it would seem
Even though “SET…GO helped me, to get over my fear
There was something special, that I needed to hear
I knew all along, what I was supposed to do
But what really gave me courage, were the words “We trust you”