The rate of childhood obesity is just ridiculous. Anytime I can get involved with teaching them how to get physical exercise, I want to help in any way possible— Shannon Miller
The most memorable Shannon Miller quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
If you want to take it up a step and aim to become a competitive gymnast, you have to be mentally strong and prepared to take on the workload of going to the gym every day, rain or shine.
Doing your best is more important than being the best.
Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself.
Everyone gets scared, and everyone falls. The key is to get right back up and try again.
It's amazing to me that they're cutting physical education programs in the school systems.
Charles Barkley, I used to watch him growing up. Then I met him. He was a big teddy bear.
Gymnastics is a lot like life. You don't become an Elite gymnast by bickering and having a negative attitude. You have to be positive to get to that level.
It's important to have a plan, a big picture.
You can deviate from it or change it completely, but it gives you something to work for.
Gymnastics is the type of sport where you can't take something that gives you more energy. Something may be great for the vault, but then you have the bars after it and you have to be more sedate for that.
I'm a competitor. I really enjoyed the race more than just going out and running to run.
At the Olympics, you there to do a job.
I feel you should take it seriously. You should be respectful. You are putting on the red-white-and-blue and going out there to perform for your country.
I don't think I have the mileage on me to really complain of any injuries yet.
Go into the sport because you have fun doing it, not because of 'what ifs' and dreams of gold medals. That way, no matter what happens, you win.
I'm an athlete rep, so I'll be available if they need me for anything
I think it's really important to look at the big picture instead of just one competition
For the most part I'll probably do floor exercise and balance beam.
Those are the two things that I do.
I'm coming up on 30. There are other things that I want to pursue outside of just performing.
We typically don't choose our athletes until about a month prior to the Games because anything can happen.
I was always athletic and I could do a lot of things
There is always going to be a reason why you can't do something;
your job is to constantly look for the reasons why you can achieve your dreams.
I got into law school to supplement my business background. I'm not planning to practice law.
Above all, you have to love what you are doing.
You cannot fake passion. If you love it you can fight through the rough times and enjoy the good times.
Floor exercise, the longest you run is two or three steps.
In the vault, it's not a whole lot more than that.
There's not a whole lot of events out there on television, especially in the years between Olympic Games.
I don't believe that there's anyone in the world without a competitive bone in their body.
Charles Barkley was a big teddy bear.
It's been really good to have a goal and go after it. That feels good
There's never going to be a system that is fair to everyone
In gymnastics, you have to be perfect every step along the way.
At an Olympics Game, you want to enjoy it, especially if you know it's going to be your last one.
I think that to be a competitive athlete, you have to be goal-oriented.
You have to remember that no matter how big your goals or how many you have, there are going to be times when you miss by a little bit. You have to be realistic and flexible. One reason I have so many smaller goals is that even if my big goals don't happen, I've still achieved so much along the way, I don't feel the loss.
I will be talking with gymnasts from some of the other countries.
I will be getting a feel for what they're thinking and what they're doing. It should be a really great meet
When you grow up on camera and in the public eye, you feel you have to put forth this image. I just took that to the extreme and there was a lot of pressure on me
In gymnastics, the longest routine you do is a minute and a half, and that's pretty tough to get through.
If you can't handle all the injuries and scars, choose a less demanding sport.
I thought about running a marathon a long time ago, but I'm just not a runner.
Goals have to be realistic and flexible.
And we realized that it was kind of a starting point for gymnastics, to go professional, and also to just get a lot more of the audiences in the arenas on the off years, in the years that we're not in the Olympics.
I share Len Saunders’ concerns about childhood obesity and getting kids to be active beginning at an early age.
I can now successfully drive a stick. That's a huge accomplishment.
Face each day with the expectation of achieving good, rather than the dread of falling short.
There are no limits on your dreams if you're willing to work for it.
Everyone has obstacles, and you're not going to have the right answer or do the right thing every single time.
There are parents, siblings, teachers and friends, but counting on them to motivate you isn't fair. They've all got their own lives, and while the may be able to help you out, if you can motivate yourself, then you're golden.
I'm used to short distances and short bursts of energy; it was just fastest
I love performing in front of an audience and seeing smiles on the kids' faces.
So if you think being thin is enough to succeed in gymnastics, you're wrong.