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In gymnastics, smaller will always be better in many ways. The stress in the head, that will be the same for all. But the stress on the body and the concussions it must endure, that will always be easier for the little ones.
Back in Romania, always I was struggling to compete with Vladislav Rastorotsky, the great Russian coach of Lyudmila Turishcheva. He was a powerful coach, internationally. I took him like the major challenge of my life, and pretty soon I'm beating him and we are pushing each other so hard, so fierce. But out of the arena, we are friends.
Just like an animal, when you want to survive, you don't think anymore.
A good 80 percent of the vault is still physical and another percentage of it, 20, 25 percent is mental. Mental is always the mental strength, the confidence building up to that contest or repetition, practice, practice, and practice.
The ideal gymnast would be between 4 feet 7 and 5-2. I wouldn't be able to pinpoint an ideal height, however. It would be foolish to say that a gymnast above 5-2 could not be great.
I consider myself very lucky that I could live my life through all the ups and downs.
The rest of the world laughed at American gymnastics before I came.
I am very familiar with Hungary, because I grew up in Romania, which borders it.
I know gymnastics. It's always been a subjective appreciation.
I'm tired of being hunted all over. I can't go anywhere without criticism.
The crowd sometimes plays a tremendous role to give you wings and carry you to victory.
Genetics is all about showcasing human beauty along with high-quality performance.
My gymnasts are always the best-prepared in the world. And they win. In the end, that's what matters.
The Olympics shows the community what gymnastics is all about.
What is a better way to prove that your methods work than by winning? I have proved that my methods work.
I would love very much to win a medal at the Olympics for myself, by my own performance. But that will never happen.
What is the cruelest thing you can do to someone who is trying to concentrate? Call their name.
I still love to find and develop the young athletes in traditional ways. I like to watch the physical and mental growth. That has always been very exciting.
What makes the vault so spectacular is because it's a very athletic type of event, where it needs a lot of speed, a lot of explosive action and, of course, great coordination.
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