5 quotes from Athletes that every gymnast should know (PART 2)
1. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph
Wilma Rudolph was an American sprinter who was considered the fastest woman in the world in the 60’s following her record-holding Olympic title. The dual-Olympian competed in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games and was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in the 1960 Olympics. As an African American woman, Rudolph became a legend and an icon who pioneered the future of women in track and field, especially for minorities.
2. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams
Venus Williams is an American tennis player, currently ranked 8th in the world. She, and her sister Serena are regarded as some of the all-time greatest tennis players in history. Williams has ranked 1st on three separate occasions for a total of 11 weeks, her first Number 1 Ranking in 2002 was historical as the first African American woman to do so. She has reached 16 Grand Slams, holding the record as the all-time leader in Grand Slams played. She has also won 14 Grand Slams in the doubles with sister Serena, who are unbeaten in this field. Williams has won 4 Olympic gold medals, and is the only tennis player to have ever won a medal at four Olympic Games.
3. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito (fitness trainer)
4. “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.” – Nadia Comaneci
Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian-born American women’s artistic gymnast. She is a five-time Olympic gold medallist, nine-time medallist and first ever gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10 in the history of gymnastics at only 14 years of age. She won three consecutive European Championships, being the first and only gymnast to achieve this in any artistic program. Overcoming adversity and cultural protocols in Romania as a gymnast, Comaneci is responsible for popularising gymnastics and is regarded as the most well-known female gymnast worldwide.
5. “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” – Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton is a gold-medal winning Women’s Artistic gymnast who competed for America in the 1984 Olympics, which made her one of the most popular athlete in the U.S during the 80s. Retton underwent a knee surgery just 5 weeks prior to the Olympic Games, however recovered just in time and went on to score two perfect 10s on floor and vault, becoming the first female gymnast outside of Eastern Europe to win the all-around gold at the Olympics and was not contested of this title for 20 years.