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Cathy Rigby, American Athlete ( December 12, 1952 - )

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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


Prom School High School

Seeing the show is like a visit to the fountain of youth for parents and the children.~Cathy Rigby


Children Parents Youth

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


Fear People Fly

I'll talk to kids afterward and somebody will always say, 'I'll leave my bedroom window open for you.~Cathy Rigby


Window You Talk

Flying is such a joy. You just want to hoot.~Cathy Rigby


Joy Flying Want

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


Work Yourself Me

It's really hard to separate fantasy from reality.~Cathy Rigby


Reality Fantasy Separate

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


Parents Hurt Climb

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


Parents Hurt Climb

I have three dogs and a cockatoo.~Cathy Rigby


Three Dogs

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


Youth Competition Grow Up

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


Decisions Team You

An athlete learns how to hold her breath, but that doesn't work in singing. You have to learn to relax.~Cathy Rigby


Work Relax Learn

Actually, performing is a lot like golf. You are alone, so vulnerable.~Cathy Rigby


Alone Golf You

Our athletes are our heroes.~Cathy Rigby


Heroes Athletes Our

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


Beautiful You Know

I just like to act.~Cathy Rigby


Act Like Just

I will jump into most any role.~Cathy Rigby


Jump Most Will

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


Eye People Remember

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


Night Play Two

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


Fear Failure Freedom

I never realized until recently how much my life parallels Peter Pan.~Cathy Rigby


Life My Life Never

Nowadays a gold medal is a $1 million contract. Our athletes are our heroes.~Cathy Rigby


Gold Heroes Contract

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


God You Think