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Born: 1942-09-13
Profession: Coach
Nation: Romanian
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Genetics is all about showcasing human beauty along with high-quality performance.

Tags: Along, Beauty, Human

I am very familiar with Hungary, because I grew up in Romania, which borders it.

Tags: Borders, Familiar, Hungary

I consider myself very lucky that I could live my life through all the ups and downs.

Tags: Consider, Life, Lucky

I know gymnastics. It's always been a subjective appreciation.

Tags: Gymnastics, Subjective

I would love very much to win a medal at the Olympics for myself, by my own performance. But that will never happen.

Tags: Happen, Love, Win

I'm tired of being hunted all over. I can't go anywhere without criticism.

Tags: Anywhere, Criticism, Tired

Just like an animal, when you want to survive, you don't think anymore.

Tags: Animal, Anymore, Survive

My gymnasts are always the best-prepared in the world. And they win. In the end, that's what matters.

Tags: End, Matters, Win

The crowd sometimes plays a tremendous role to give you wings and carry you to victory.

Tags: Give, Sometimes, Victory

The Olympics shows the community what gymnastics is all about.

Tags: Community, Gymnastics, Shows

The rest of the world laughed at American gymnastics before I came.

Tags: American, Gymnastics, Rest

What is a better way to prove that your methods work than by winning? I have proved that my methods work.

Tags: Prove, Winning, Work

What is the cruelest thing you can do to someone who is trying to concentrate? Call their name.

Tags: Call, Someone, Trying

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.

Tags: Confidence, Good, Strength

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.

Tags: Great, Life, Powerful

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.

Tags: Growth, Love, Young

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.

Tags: Body, Head, Stress

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.

Tags: Able, Between, Great

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.

Tags: Action, Great, Makes

This is a gift that God has given me. I'm not smart enough to write for everybody, but it's the love in these books that comes from Him and goes out to my reading audience. I'm forever grateful for that. It's a privilege.

Tags: God, Love, Smart

Well, I think some people are very happy in retirement. And in a year and a half I'm going to see how happy I feel in retirement. I'm just going to not work quite so hard, but I'll continue to write as long as God gives me breath.

Tags: God, Happy, Work

When I open many books, or most leading women's magazines, or see almost all TV shows, I don't find myself at all. I am completely anonymous. My value system is not there.

Tags: Almost, Value, Women

So many people don't know that God loves them. They feel, 'Why would God love me? Why would He be interested in me?'

Tags: God, Love, Why

Food is a great way of communicating.

Tags: Food, Great

There's nothing trite about being consoled in a world that does everything in its power to deliver sorrow.

Tags: Deliver, Power, Sorrow

Cynics will say there are no good people out there. And if you read the papers and watch TV news you could be convinced of that. But there are good people.

Tags: Good, Read, Watch
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Even the roughest character, underneath all that hurt, is someone who wants to love and be loved.

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I grew up hearing words like snakeroot, sassafras, mullein - things that had wondrous, mysterious sounds in their names.

Tags: Mysterious, Sounds, Words

I have raced against the clock since I went into advertising at the age of eighteen.

Tags: Against, Age, Since

I live in a village where people still care about each other, largely.

Tags: Care, Largely, Village

I really care about my readers. I care about anyone who reads my books.

Tags: Anyone, Books, Care

I remember the first time I held my book, my first book in my hands. I cannot tell you how it moved me.

Tags: Book, Remember, Time

I try to put my heart out there to everybody. They don't have to be Christian. For example, I have lots of Jewish readers. I love my Jewish readers.

Tags: Christian, Heart, Love

I've put everything I had and I've given my readers 120 percent, and that's the truth.

Tags: Percent, Put, Truth

Let me say that I absolutely loved writing 'A Common Life,' because it was a book about love.

Tags: Book, Life, Love

My first novel is loaded with food references largely because my cupboards were bare, and I was writing hungry.

Tags: Food, Hungry, Writing

My grandmother influenced me so deeply.

Tags: Deeply, Influenced

Publishing is, by its nature, about deadlines, and deadlines are toxic.

Tags: Deadlines, Nature, Publishing

The dark book has been terribly popular. Dark characters, dysfunction, and all sorts of things from reality that are true in our world.

Tags: Book, Reality, True

There was a lot of brokenness in my family. Let's just say that I was raised by my grandparents.

Tags: Family, Raised

Writing is a way of processing our lives. And it can be a way of healing.

Tags: Healing, Lives, Writing

For a very long time, I wrote a book a year, and was eager and willing to do it, to put bread on the table, to have my work out there. Now I must write a book every two years, and that's never enough time, either.

Tags: Book, Time, Work

I learned not to be so bitterly defeated when my fiction took a beating from editors. I learned in advertising to color in the lines and have my work done on time and to make it the very best it could be.

Tags: Best, Time, Work

I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author. I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk.

Tags: Faith, Living, Real

My life is extremely full and wretchedly busy, and I feel that while my life drains energy from my work, my work in turn drains energy from my life. The result is, I am always playing catch-up spiritually. That is my thorn.

Tags: Busy, Life, Work

So here is what my advice would be: If God has given you a dream, you'd better get cracking because He wants you to use it. That's why He gives them to us in the first place.

Tags: Advice, God, Why

There are so many people who don't know small towns exist. When I write, I want to give my readers two things: one is a sense of consolation, and two, I want to make them laugh.

Tags: Give, Laugh, Small
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