Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
True champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.
Sports for me is when a guy walks off the court, and you really can't tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.
Nothing will work unless you do.
I was probably in the best shape of any athlete at the time, but you don't get to pass judgment on yourself.
You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.
Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.
I was the very first athlete in East Germany allowed to go professional.
Being in school is the best place to be if you are an athlete because you can structure your own time.
You know raising a family in the lifestyle of a professional athlete can be very difficult.
I'm an athlete rep, so I'll be available if they need me for anything
And as a true athlete, mistakes haunt you forever.
I think the people who have really followed my career from the time I was seven years old can see my steady progress and see the type of person and athlete I am.
I'm a jock and I'm an athlete, and that's what I love to do.
I didn't train to make the Olympic team until 1968. I simply trained for the moment. I never even imagined I would be an Olympic athlete. It always seemed to evolve.
My biggest weakness as a endurance athlete has been in not drinking enough water after training, thereby racing sometimes while dehydrated.
When you reach that elite level, 90 percent is mental and 10 percent is physical. You are competing against yourself. Not against the other athlete.
Both parents supported my becoming a world class athlete.
I was a nerd academically. But I was also an athlete and a musician. I never wanted to be shut out of any situation. I think it was that more than anything.
I was always a mean and lean athlete - not tall - not large.
I just wanted to be an athlete.
The most important part of this is to prepare the athlete for life in general and then be able to compete.
You are an athlete when you're onstage. You can't get tired.
An athlete must have ability to reach the top, but many who have ability and who do not live clean lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.
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