Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.

— Mary Lou Retton

The most astounding Mary Lou Retton quotes that are little-known but priceless

If I had a bad performance in a particular leotard, I threw it in the trash.


Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it.


Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun.

You get self-satisfaction from pushing your self to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.


Rather then focusing on the obstacle in your path, focus on the bridge over the obstacle.


A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.


As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given.


Even though it may seem counterintuitive, a comfort zone is a dangerous place to be.


I'm very determined and stubborn. There's a desire in me that makes me want to do more and more, and to do it right. Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.


Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.


Having a home away from the media glare is important to world-class athletes.


There are so many negatives in our society.

To be on the cover of a magazine these days, you have to have been through drug rehab three times. What message is this giving to young people? But there are positives in our society. And I try to surround myself with good-natured, positive people.


For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.


About Mary Lou Retton

Quotes 44 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.


Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun.


You give up your childhood. You miss proms and games and high-school events, and people say it's awful... I say it was a good trade. You miss something but I think I gained more than I lost.


Children possess a remarkable amount of passion.

They throw themselves completely, heart and soul, into everything.


I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.


Be cocky. Walk into the Georgia Dome like you own it.


Training for the Olympics was much easier than balancing my life now! When practice was over, there was time for me. But with four kids and a career, I have no downtime. When I'm not on the road, I finish my workday at 2:30 p.m. Then I pick the kids up from school and they get 100 percent Mommy, not part Mommy and part Mary Lou Retton.


There can be distractions, but if you're isolated from the heart of the Games, the Olympics become just another competition.


Companies that support sports developmental programs in our communities should also be applauded.


Many medal winners dream of competing in a sport other than the one they're famous for.


I love her attitude, but as much as I'd like to bring my medals to a speech or appearance, I never do.


In the dressing room, I always put on my right shoe first. Same thing for my right wristband.


Fragile egos are put on the line every day.


What is the fire that burns in your heart? If you are lucky enough to discover it, than by all means fan the flames and let the fire be the guiding light for a life worth living.


More than 10,000 athletes came to Atlanta seeking Olympic medals.

Only a few of them will be lucky and skilled enough to claim one.


Pay-per-view would deprive many kids of the delight of seeing the Olympics.


Former Olympians also get paid to make appearances.

Many of them won their medals in an era when Olympic success didn't go hand-in-hand with financial success.


It's going to be really weird when I'm 80 years old, in a walker, and people are still calling me America's sweetheart. We need a new one.


In L.A., we had a game room with a new sensation called Pac-Man.


As much time as you put into it, that's what your achievements are going to be when you come out of it.


Faith is a gateway to happiness that remains permanently accessible to each of us, wherever we are, no matter our circumstances.


As a kid, I was a pretty good little sprinter.


That's because the International Olympic Committee has a policy of never replacing medals.


I cant justify taking money away from hungry kids and needy schools to pay for the Games when corporations are willing to write the checks.


You've got to believe in yourself first. Take risks and don't be afraid to fall.


Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as it is nourished with kindness, sympathy, and understanding.


Erase the word "failure" from your vocabulary.

No case is ever truly closed, and no challenge is ever over.


The endorsement game has been very good to me.


I usually don't mind giving autographs, but when hundreds of folks with paper and pen start coming at you, it's time to seek shelter.


Getting to know athletes from all over the planet is a big part of the Olympic experience.


Many athletes competing in Atlanta wouldn't be here if it weren't for corporate support.

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