Carly Patterson: Don’t Give Up

Carly Patterson gave an insightful interview with CNBC yesterday about not giving up.

Watch her interview with CNBC here.

Carly Patterson might not have won her three medals in gymnastics at the 2004 Olympics in Athens if she had let herself give up.

“There was a time where I did want to quit. … So I did … for a week,” the 28-year-old Patterson told CNBC. She said she was having some issues after her family moved to Houston. She watched her sister go to school and have a normal life.

“I was the exact opposite of that, but the thing is I would always look at that and say that looks really fun, but this is still what I want to do,” she said.

“I was so glad that I didn’t give up and that I didn’t stop just for that one bump-in-the-road period where things weren’t going exactly right, because I never would’ve gotten to what I achieved today and the potential I still have left in me,” Patterson said.

“When you’re training that hard and that many hours all the time … it can’t come from your coaches that are pushing you or your parents pushing you. It definitely has to come from within and your love, your passion and drive for the sport to be able to work that hard and to be in the gym every single day,” she said.

“No matter what, I would still always come back to gymnastics and always remember and have my goals in mind. Nothing was ever too big that made me want to stray away from what I wanted to achieve in life,” Patterson said.

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