The greatest feeling of accomplishment for me is the fact that I was an athlete who was somewhat disabled.
Nutrition is also a valuable component that can help athletes both protect themselves and improve performance.
Realize that from the start, every activity that comprises the journey has value and the ability to teach you something.
The East Germans first used biomechanics. This meant that rather than guessing about technique and form, they could apply changes to athletic performance based on science.
There is no magic move or secret that creates victory but lots of little items that, when added together, can make you victorious.
As I mentioned previously, the tools that allow for optimum health are diet and exercise.
Once you have selected a sport or a creative activity, the rules are pretty much the same.
My family knew, but most of the sporting world did not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.
Whatever pursuit you undertake, the requirements should start with a love of what it is that you are pursuing.
Too many athletes do not admit their weaknesses.
Olympians are the product of the Movement, and to get them to the stadiums, pools and playing fields, it takes the actions of legions of people who might not be Olympians.
The Olympics have been with the world since 776 B.C., and have only been interrupted by war, especially in the modern era.
Actually, the moment of victory is wonderful, but also sad. It means that your trip is ended.
When I competed, it was for honor and country. It was a privilege to be a part of the U.S. team.
Athens will again be the host of the Games in 2004, but there are rumors that they might be switched if the Greeks don't begin to construct the sites faster.
We have made drugs an Olympic event. It receives most of the coverage at the Games and even the suspicion of guilt can ruin a reputation for life.
The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians, but to understand just what the Games are about, it is really necessary to investigate the roots and the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years.
During the 60's, drug use was in fashion in the U.S.
Too many athletes don't have the ability to set a goal and then carefully go towards it.
Understand from top to bottom what the effort requires.
I think that money has changed my sport.
Behind every good decathlete, there's a good doctor.
One of the key elements is the ability to be honest with yourself.
I have read many studies out of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and they demonstrated that Vitamin E, Co-Q-10, and Fish Oil could protect the immune system of athletes and prevent disease.
The ability to mingle with so many countries and cultures is extremely valuable for men and women.
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