Gymnastics Poems!!

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Some of these poems and quotes are from people on here that they posted or wrote, so thanks for the use of them...... If you have a problem with me posting it again just let me know and I'll take it off!

The Beast
Homework is done, time to get in the car
Back out of the driveway, the gym’s not that far
Heading down the road, my stomach’s in a knot
What group will I have, do they know I need a spot?
Slouching in the back seat, staring out into space
I used to be excited, but now that’s not the case
Mom interrupts, “let’s go honey, we’re running a bit late”
I snap out of my trance, not feeling too great.
Walking through the door, my palms feeling wet
Nodding at some friends, stretch hasn’t started just yet
Put my bag in the cubby, then on the floor to run,
My eyes glance at beam, this wont be much fun
You see I’m level 7 now and struggling with a new skill
I’m not even 12 years old, but I feel over the hill
It’s the back handspring on beam that’s dragging me down
Haven’t smiled in weeks, have a permanent frown
The groups have been split, level 7’s to BEAM
It could not have been worse, it’s like a bad dream
As we walk on over, I stare at the beast
Of all the events, I love you the least
Coach’s eyes meet mine, “go warm up your back”
“What a great opportunity, to get you on track”
Does he know that I’m scared, having a panic attack?
I have the desire, it’s the courage I lack
It’s my turn to go, I’m trying not to cry
My eyes feel wet, my throat is so dry
As I climb on the beam, my mind filled with fears
I set to go and….get nothing but tears
As a tear hits the beam, I’m in a frozen trance
My heart wants to go, my mind says no chance
Coach says “get down, let me explain something to you”
“When level 10’s are afraid, this is what they do”
“They SET and they GO, they don’t stop to think”
“Their arms go up, they jump back in a blink”
“They tighten their mind, if they hesitate they know”
“The fear will get in, then they just won’t go”
“Use your natural ability, you’ll know what to do”
“You have to trust yourself, as much as we trust you”
“Take a deep breath, and so there’s no misunderstanding”
“The only thought you should have, is to stick your landing”
Back up on the beam, moving kind of slow
My mind starts racing, then I hear “Set…go”
Wipe my hands on my legs, raise my arms over head
This is the moment I always freeze, but this time, instead..
I flew up, arched back, my hands hit just right
As I fly over, I push hard and I fight to stay tight
And in an instant, and to the amazement of all
I had done a back handspring, I did not fall!
My teammates are all cheering, from coach a warm smile
I stuck it, I stuck it, I’m staying up here a while!
So the beast is gone, and now I love beam
It was in me the whole time, or so it would seem
Even though “SET…GO helped me, to get over my fear
There was something special, that I needed to hear
I knew all along, what I was supposed to do
But what really gave me courage, were the words “We trust you”

When you're feeling down because your body hurts
When your hands are torn and your muscles ache
When the beam's so high and you feel you'll fall
When you feel you can't and want to stop it all
When the spring floor feels like concrete
When you feel you're spent and can't compete
And the bars, they seem so wide apart
And vaulting now is not in your heart
When all of this makes you feel like the pits
It's time to relax and think a bit
Of the hours and hours of hard work put in
It's time to collect the dividend
You know why you're here, what it's all about
You know there's no time at all for self-doubt
So get up, with both your body and your mind
And keep it going because you're going to find...
YOU can do it with a little more grit

Get up, breathe deep - and GO FOR IT!!​
Champions risk what others dare not
Dream what others think impossible
Do what others say can’t be done.
Patience is a man's greatest virtue,
or so the saying goes.
A gymnast must have said it,
for a gymnast surely knows!
That in this funny sport of ours,
discouragement runs high.
And even the very best will find
this virtue has passed us by.
When hands are ripped and throbbing,
when every muscle's sore,
will a gymnast still have patience
to limp in the gym for more?
When you've lost old moves
and progress seems slow,
will you still have faith in better days,
and not feel sad and low?
Can you admit your frightened,
yet not give in to fear?
Can you conquer pain and frustration
and often even tears?
When someone else does something,
you've tried so long to do...
can you still be happy for her,
or just self-pitty for you?
And when success seems far away,
your efforts all in vain,
can you force yourself to wear a smile
and disregaurd the pain?
If despite the pain and tribulations,
you can say "I won't give in"
Maybe some day you'll discover
that its now your time to win

"Goals.There's not telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There's no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There's no telling what will happen when you act upon them.'

"We aim above the mark to hit the mark." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them."

What I Love
When you're heart's pounding
And you just want to stop
Go back home
Sit in your room and rot
When you feel it's not there
Not even way down deep
And you just want to
Call it quits and weep
You've got to remember
It's what you love
Going hard
And flying high above
Think of all those hours
Spent in the gym
Working hard all for
That one big win
When you're about to freeze
Before doing something new
Hear this in your head,
"It's what I love, it's what I do"

Don't ever try. Do it or don't.

Even if you fall down face first, you've gone forward.

You haven’t lost just because you haven’t medaled. You’ve lost when you know on that day, you could have got up and tried harder on that routine.
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I love quotes, etc. too. I give a quote of the week to each of my optionals teammates. They love it. I have twelve pages of quotes saved on my computer. For one of the girls' that I'm closest to birthdays, I bought her a book of quotes, but then I added to it in the margins to personalize it. I also gave a her a journal with the footprints in the sand poem on the cover. Every fifteen pages I put in a poem I had written. She loved it so much-she said it was the best present she got.


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Former Gymnast
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Dec 8, 2007
I love quotes, etc. too. I give a quote of the week to each of my optionals teammates. They love it. I have twelve pages of quotes saved on my computer. For one of the girls' that I'm closest to birthdays, I bought her a book of quotes, but then I added to it in the margins to personalize it. I also gave a her a journal with the footprints in the sand poem on the cover. Every fifteen pages I put in a poem I had written. She loved it so much-she said it was the best present she got.

Do you want to post some of your quotes on here? Thanks!


Yeah sure!

When life hands you lemons, say I like lemons, what else do you have? third sisterhood of traveling pants

Aerodynamically, bumblebees shouldn't be able to fly, but they don't know that so they continue flying anyway. third sisterhood of traveling pants

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

When all else fails, try doing what your coach suggested. ten.o t-shirt

If gymnastics were easy, it would be called football. ten.o

10% talent, 90% hard work. Unknown

Winners train, whiners complain. ten.o

Lord, keep you arm around my shoulders and my feet on the beam. ten.o

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Teddy Roosevelt

We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt

You gonna eat mat, you eat mat hard. Stick It

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epcitetus

There are always two choices, two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it's easy. Unknown

Continuous improvement comes from the willingness to raise the bar each time a goal is met. Unknown

Everyone gets scared, and everyone falls. The key is to get right back up and try again. Shannon Miller

The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsch

Enjoy the successes that you have, and don't be too hard on yourself when you don't do well. Too many times we beat up on ourselves. Just relax and enjoy it. Patty Sheehan

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. Arthur Ashe

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. Leon J. Suenes

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. Frank Loyd Wright


The only one who can tell you 'you can't ' is you. And you don't have to listen."Nike
Gold medals don't make champions . . . hard work does.Unknown

If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat. Herschell Walker

It is better to fall short of a high mark than to reach a low one. H. C. Payne

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Michael Jordan
It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports.What's tough is being good every day. Willie Mays

You are never a loser until you quit trying. Mike Ditka

Somebody somewhere said,'I don't care if this is nuts and I don't care if it hurts. I'm doing it. I'm going to climb this insanely high mountain. Watch me." Stick It

Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin

The future depends on what we do in the present. Mahatma Gandhi

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. Jules Renard
The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare. Juma Ikangaa

It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. Muhammed Ali

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. William Edward Hickson

Reaching for something in the distance/so close you can almost taste it/Release your inhibitions! 'Unwritten', Natasha Bedingfield.

To do a common thing, uncommonly well, brings success. Henry John Heinz

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. Lowell Thomas

Who is stopping you but you? Dr. Virginia Satire

If you don't attempt to get over your doubts and fears, you'll never discover how wonderful it is to live without them. Colin McArty

The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing, while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi

Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated. Unknown Author

People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be. Harvey Mackay

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. Unknown Author

Set your goals high, and don't stop til you get there. Bo Jackson

Come on, come on / Jump a little higher "" 'Accidentally In Love'

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. Ralph Marston

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."Will Rogers

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all? Joe Namath

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. Michael Jordan

Whether you think you can or you can't, you're probably right." Henry Ford

Always do what you are afraid to do." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try."Michael Jordan

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. Thomas Jefferson

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Sir Edmund Hillary

Don't just bother to be better than your contemperaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner

Never underestimate the heart of a champion. Rudy Tomjanovich

Don't ever try. Do it or don't."Sven Grodem

When odds are against me, I prove them wrong. When all else fails, I succeed. When all turns to ash, from it I rise. So it doesn't matter what you throw at me or what you do, I will rise above it. Unknown

To accomplish great things we must not only act, but dream. Not only plan, but also believe. Anatole France

Never let yesterday's disappointments overshadow tomorrow's dreams. Unknown


The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. Dale Carnegie

For true success ask your self these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? James Allen

What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it." Hugh Mulligan

Risk is its own reward. Dare to be great."Author Unknown

All greatness is achieved while performing outside your comfort zone." Greg Arnold
Don't look back unless you want to go back."Phil Harbolt

Everyone is born with talent. Smart people use it."Shane Tickner

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live." Goethe

When you are exhausted from trying, try just one more time." Chrisse Feros

When was the last time you have done something for the first time? Keep Discovering. Author Unknown

If you don't leap, you'll never know what it's like to fly." Guy Finley

Keep moving. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Inch by inch, you will get closer to success."Ronnie Nijmeh

The goal is not to limit the losses, but to maximize the risks." unknown\

Sometimes the beginning of a great thing does not have a great beginning." Mike Boggus

Dare to be yourself.
Unveil your possibilities,
But be natural.
Have no pretenses
And show your softer side.
Be content,
But don't forget to dream.
And when you do....SOAR!!!"
--- Author Unknown

Always reach higher than what you can touch." K. Vivian

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."Marie Curie

You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can't have it."Robert Anthony

In order to get what you've never had, do what you've never done. Tockcey Smith

You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there."Author Unknown

The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be. But for all I may become, I will close my eyes and leap!" M.C. Hershey

Sometimes only the struggle makes it worth it, only the pain makes it sweet, and only victory is the answer."Author Unknown

True winners are made when nobody is watching."Author Unknown

If you don't push yourself to the limit, how do you know where the limit is?"Kristina K.

When you have worked this hard to get this far, don't let up because you finally got here. Finish with your heart and fulfill this moment the way you have dreamt of it for so long." Kristen K.

There's one thing stands between you and success and that's fear."Brent R.

Never do less than what is always expected, but always do more than what never is."Manuel Oshoa

If it were easy, we wouldn't learn."Author Unknown

Today's a perfect day. You woke up and you started the day like it was meant to be. Today's perfect!"Trottys

Don't reach for the stars, leap over them."Author Unknown

The only way you can fail is by giving up. Work hard and greatness will come. Be lazy and you'll regret not working hard." Max Amillion

Life is all about risks and it requires you to jump. Author Unknown

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we get it!!" Michaelangelo


Anyone can tell you you have to do something, but actually doing it is up to you."Brinna R

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Dr. Robert Schuller

The reason the Indian rain dance works is because they don't stop dancing until it's raining."Author Unknown

Talent overcomes hard work, but when the talented work hard, they can overcome anything."Unknown

Do not be afraid to fall or else you might not ever reach your potential."Terria Sanford

Always concentrate on how far you've come, rather than how far you have left to go. Unknown

Never give up on your dreams, because without your dreams all you're left with is reality."Becky Truenow

Never hold back or you will eventually be held back."Kelsey Jenkins

Can't?...or don't want to?"Unknown

Don't give up; what's the point?"Unknown

There is no such thing as an overachiever."Unknown

It is better to try and fail than to fail to try!"Unknown

The higher the rope, the more thrilling it is to climb. Michelle Gibson

Greatness was never achieved sitting around being lazy. Get up and do something."Andy Z.

I can, I will, Just watch me."A.Odewin

If you take your eyes off your goals, just consider yourself blind. I. Lule

Things don't come easy.It's up to you to make them easy."Unknown

Even if you fall down face first, you've gone forward."Unknown

Take pride in how far you have come, And have faith in how far you can go."Amy Hagan

Aim so high that you'll never get bored."Unknown

Carpe Diem (Latin for seize the day)

Nobody knows to what heights you are going to soar, not even yourself, until you spread your wings and fly. So fly girl, fly! "Unknown

Bre Coffey
No excuses. Find a way."Unknown

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Edison

Make Something Happen!"Bear Bryant

Behind every success are a thousand failures. Behind every missed opportunity are a thousand successes."Unknown

Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear."Anthony Robbins

In the face of adversity, don't blink."Unknown

Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done."Louis D. Brandeis

It's okay to fail but it's not okay to give up."Unknown

The harder you fall, the higher you bounce."Anonymous

One cannot consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."Helen Keller

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.â€￾ Leonardo Da Vinci

The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can't be done." Will Durrant

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart."Vincent Van Gogh

Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you are going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day. Will Durrant

You don't have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great. Les Brown

Train your head and hands to do, your head and heart to dare. Joseph Seamon Colter, jr.

Every day is a crossroads. Every day is a chance to change your life and our world for the better. Hillary Clinton

Don't wait until you're not afraid of something to do it. Do it despite the fear and you'll start to develop a 'fearlessness muscle' Arianna Huffington


Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints. Other times there was one set of footprints. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, "You promised me, Lord, that if I followed You, You would walk with me always. But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have been only one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I have needed You most, have You not been there for me?" The Lord replied, "The times where you have seen only one set of footprints are those when I have carried you." Unknown

Celebrate what you've accomplished, but then raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed." Mia Hamm

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. Unknown

They are able because they think they are able. Virgil

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. Gale Sayers

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow. James Dean

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded. Alexander Pope

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George W. Carver

You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. Charles C. Noble

Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations. Charles Richter

How long should you try? Until. Jim Rohn

Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth. Julie Andrews

Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week's value out of a year while another man gets a full year's value out of a week. Charles Richards

We are hoarding potentials so great they are just about unimaginable. Jack Schwartz

Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important." Stephen Covey

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Anonymous

Do not measure your life by your goals but what you are doing to achieve them. Peter Drucker

When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there. Jim Rohn

If I know I can, I may not; but if I know I will, I surely can."Herinder Brar

Belief in yourself, belief in your abilities, will override fear almost every time. The only thing we are afraid of is what we are capable of accomplishing." Rich DiGirolamo

Trust your instincts, and take control. John Houston

There is no such thing as failure. Mistakes happen in your life to bring into focus more clearly who you really are. Oprah Winfrey

People who don't want to weather some of the rough periods miss out on something better. Lisa Niemi

And when you truly are in the here and now, you'll be amazed at what you can do. Peaceful Warrior

Go confidently in the directions of your dreams. Henry David Thoreau.

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. Les Brown

Just because something is hard doesn't mean you shouldn't try, it just means you should try harder. Unknown

It is said that when you wake up in the morning you have two choices. You can continue your dream in the bed, or you can get up and make your dream become true. Yuan Xingjun

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." Leonardo da Vinci

A dream is not what you see in sleep, it is the thing that does not let you sleep." Dr.Kalam

Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up." Anonymous

The limits of your strength are unknown until they are tested. It is in that moment that you'll realize there are no bounds." Kimberly A. Gamble

Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go." Anonymous

Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them." Norman Vincent Peale

Nothing will work unless you do." Maya Angelou

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be." Karen Ravn

The path to success starts when you stop fearing yourself." Adam H.

I am not afraid. I was born for this. Joan of Arc

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson

One faces the future with one's past. Pearl S. Buck

We don't cross the river by just looking on the other side." Author Unknown

Practice makes perfect. It isn't just a saying; it’s a way of life. Unknown

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves - to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterdays by our today; to do the little parts of our work with more force than ever before." Stewart Johnson

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Albert Einstein

Feelings change, Dan. Sometimes sorrow, sometimes joy. But beneath it all remember the innate perfection of your life unfolding. That is the secret of unreasonable happiness. The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman

No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." Unknown

I can do everything I want to do. Carrie Underwood

With God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37

Failure is not an outcome, it is an attitude. Unknown

Focus on your potential instead of your limitations. Alen Loy McGinnis

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. J.K. Rowling

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude. Amy Tan

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation. Denzel Washington

Leadership has been defined as the ability to hide your panic from others. Anonymous

Courage is judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious may never live at all. Meg Cabot.

Make the most of yourself by fanning the inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. Golda Meir


Worry: a misuse of imagination. anonymous

Do not let circumstances change you. You change your circumstances. Jackie Chan

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at moments of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King Jr.

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. This good news is that you don't know how great you can be! Anne Frank

You must not for one moment give up the effort to build up new lives for yourself. Daisaka Ikeda

Self-esteem isn't the only thing. It's just that there's nothing without it. Gloria Steinem

It's determination and commitment to an unrelating pursuit of your goal that will enable you to attain the success you seek. Mario Andretti

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

Fly and you will catch the wind; dream and you will reach your goals. Unknown

Excellence is not a singular act,but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. Shaquille O'neal

It takes knowledge to know something. It takes guts to do what you know."Pete W.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you have for sure. Oprah Winfrey

Our lives improve only when we take chances... and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.\Walter Anderson

We must not allow the clock and the calendar blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery. H.G.Wells

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. Frank A.Clark

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Henry David Thoreau

One should count each day a separate life. Seneca

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. Coco Chanel

Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make. Sarah Ban Breathnac

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James

If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. Nora Roberts

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. Sidney J. Harris

Life does not happen to us, it happens from us. Mike Wickett

Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal. Mike Ditka

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Mary Englebreit

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its depth. Evan Esar

Change before you have to. Jack Welch

It's not what we take in life, but what we leave behind. Unknown

What you will do matters. All you need is to do it. Judy Grahn

You must have life in your dance to have danced in your life. Sagendorh

And that completes my entire document of quotes! Enjoy!


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Former Gymnast
Proud Relative
Dec 8, 2007
Oh my gosh thank you! My favorite one is:Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
Everyone is always telling me that Im like obsessed with gymnastics! LOL!


That one was on one of the old track t-shirts before I got to highschool. I saw this girl wearing it and thought it was really cool.


Here's the latest poem; it's currently untitled.

I started gmynastics at th etender age of five
I knew no fear; I'd barely been alive.
As my classmates tried so hard to do the splits,
I didn't understand, 'Why can't everyone do it?'
Class was at a middle school, but I didn't care.
All that really mattered was getting to go there.
I learned all the events-boys and girls the same.
I loved pommel horse, though I didn't know the name.
Ever since then, gym has been my thing.
And though I won't, it made me so happy I could sing.
I moved to a YCMA when I was about eight.
It was bigger, better: how great!
When I was ten I made the team,
Earning a place on the competition scene.
That's where I found my first fear
Over the backhandspring; led to many tears.
It was the only time I ever wanted to stop.
I couldn't do it: I though it was a flop.
But instead I worked harder and don't you know
I learned the handspring, which goes to show
That hard work can get you anything,
You just have to step into that ring.
As an eleven-year-old level four,
I earned many awards, and then more.
I moved up to level five next,
But the highbar kip had me perplexed.
I was stuck once again but it was different this time.
I knew I could get through it; that I'd be fine.
So the next winter I was winning on bars.
On top of the podium, I was a star.
As a freshman in highschool, I became a level six
I'd been in it so long, the sport really sticks.
Backwalkovers on beam were scary, and backtucks were hard.
But I'd seen it before, and knew I could still go far.
So the next year I had a great season,
Myself, my work ethic, the only reason.
So for the next season, I became a level seven.
Being an optional-oh, it was heaven!
And though I still get scared from time to time
I remind myself I'm still in my prime.
And I remember my younger gymnast tales,
And being sweeter, not afraid to fail.
And though sometimes I wish I could train for the Olympic Games,
I realize that if you love the sport, it's really all the same.
It's doing what you love, and loving what you do
That shows your success and the real you.


Thanks. It's pretty much just a little bit of what I've been through as a gymnast.


A few more quotes-I'm always adding on.

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
Soren Kierkegaard

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake. Frank Wilczek


Oh my gosh thank you! My favorite one is:Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
Everyone is always telling me that Im like obsessed with gymnastics! LOL!

thats my favorite one too!!! i making a sign out of it to put on the ceiling of my bedroom, so i look at it every night before i go to sleep


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Dec 8, 2007
Dude thats awesome! I wanted to write a bunch of them on my walls with chalk but my parents wouldn't let me so I guess I'll have to use posterboard


Feb 8, 2008
I wrote this one in 9th grade for as part of an english assignment.

One more, just once more.
Set up, tuck tight
open up, spot the floor.
Back tuck, almost perfect.

Once more, just once more.
Square hips, lead with toe.
Back walkover, nearly flawless.

One more time, just one more.
Swing high, squeeze hard, let go, tuck tight
open up, don't move.
Flyaway, not quite perfect.

Faster, faster chase perfection
always out of reach.
Work hard, do your best
raise the bar.
Not quite perfect,
But first place.
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