Top 24 Cathy Rigby Quotes

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“Acting allows me the freedom to let go, to be in the moment, to be spontaneous. I no longer have the fear of losing, of failure.”

― Cathy Rigby

“I’ll talk to kids afterward and somebody will always say, ‘I’ll leave my bedroom window open for you.”

― Cathy Rigby

“It’s that athlete’s obsessiveness – the need to prove yourself and work harder than anybody else. I think it’s what helped me do well in the theater.”

― Cathy Rigby

“Seeing the show is like a visit to the fountain of youth for parents and the children.”

― Cathy Rigby

“So it really does have a sort of bittersweet quality. Kids like to have adventures and to believe they can fly, but there’s also that fear about people leaving you.”

― Cathy Rigby

“Flying is such a joy. You just want to hoot.”

― Cathy Rigby

“In high school I never went to the prom because I was too consumed with gymnastics. Also, with my hair in pigtails and looking about 10, I wasn’t exactly date material.”

― Cathy Rigby

“It’s really hard to separate fantasy from reality.”

― Cathy Rigby

“I was always very active as a kid. I would climb on roofs and jump off using my parents’ bed sheet, hoping it would open like a parachute. I was always getting hurt, breaking a leg, you know, bruising, cracking my head open.”

― Cathy Rigby

“I would climb on roofs and jump off using my parents’ bed sheet, hoping it would open like a parachute. I was always getting hurt, breaking a leg, you know, bruising, cracking my head open.”

― Cathy Rigby

“I have three dogs and a cockatoo.”

― Cathy Rigby

“I grew up in a sport that didn’t allow you to grow up. There was always the threat of younger competition. So you had to maintain the image of youth.”

― Cathy Rigby

“When you’re on the Olympic team at 15, you don’t do anything else. There’s no normal social development, and your decisions are made for you.”

― Cathy Rigby

“An athlete learns how to hold her breath, but that doesn’t work in singing. You have to learn to relax.”

― Cathy Rigby

“Actually, performing is a lot like golf. You are alone, so vulnerable.”

― Cathy Rigby

“Our athletes are our heroes.”

― Cathy Rigby

“There’s so much denial in gymnastics. It’s a beautiful sport but the other part is numbing. You become machinelike. They’ll refute this, but I’ve been around it. I know.”

― Cathy Rigby

“I just like to act.”

― Cathy Rigby

“I will jump into most any role.”

― Cathy Rigby

“I remember secretly going off and crying. All of a sudden I’m being blocked and have to be intimate in a scene, and I’m going, ‘I can’t even look people in the eye very well. How am I ever going to do this?’”

― Cathy Rigby

“I’ve been able to play a kid up to this point and pretend that I’m not a grown-up – well, at least for two hours a night!”

― Cathy Rigby

“I never realized until recently how much my life parallels Peter Pan.”

― Cathy Rigby

“Nowadays a gold medal is a $1 million contract. Our athletes are our heroes.”

― Cathy Rigby

“You see your peers weighing 80 pounds and you think, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve got to be 80 pounds or I’ll fail.’”

― Cathy Rigby
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