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.
Patterson returned to gymnastics and went on to become the first American woman since Mary Lou Retton in 1984 to take home a gold medal in the all-around competition. She also won two silver medals.