5 Quotes From Athletes that every gymnast should know

1. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter 

Derek Jeter is a 20-year Major League Baseball Player, and five-time World Series champion who played for the New York Yankees in the late 90s, early 00’s. He was drafted out of high school and debuted in the Major Leagues at just 21, and won the Rookie of the Year the following year. He is now the CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins of the Major League Baseball. 

2. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon 

Michael Jordon is a 6-time winner of NBA Championships, dual Olympic gold medallist, and is regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time. He’s best known for his slam dunks for which he gained his nickname, Air Jordan. He is a two-time inductee in the Basketball Hall of Fame, the first as an individual and the second time as part of the group of the 1992 United States Men’s Olympic Basketball Team, and a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. He is the first billionaire NBA player in history.

3. “The more I practice, the luckier I get” – Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan was a professional golfer, most prominent during the late 30s to 50s, and is considered the Greatest Golfer in history. He won 63 professional golf tournaments during the time, even whilst serving time in the U.S Army Air Forces during World War 1. Hogan survived a serious car accident in the 1949 which left him with fractures in his pelvis, collar-bone, ankle and ribs, and a near-fatal blood clot. Doctors told him he may never walk again, let alone play golf. Against all odds, he was back playing professional golf just 9 months after the accident. 

4. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi

Matt Biondi is an American eleven-time Olympic medalling swimmer, he set three individual world records in the 50-meter freestyle and four in the 100-meter freestyle and is a seven-time medallist at a single World Championships, a record only Michael Phelps has since matched. Biondi started off as a Water Polo player, and surprised the swimming community by qualifying for the U.S 4x100 meter relay team for the 1984 Olympic Games which won gold in record time. He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. 

5. “To give it any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift.” – Steve Prefontaine 

Steve Prefontaine was an American middle and long-distance runner who competed at the 1972 Olympics. He held American records in seven different distance events throughout his athletic career which was stopped short by a fatal car accident three years after the Olympics, aged at just 24. 
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