I still can't believe I'm an Olympic athlete.
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.
I run to be known as the greatest runner, the greatest of all time. I could not eat or sleep for a week after I lost in the (1992) Olympics. I have to win or die.
To anyone who has started out on a long campaign believing that the gold medal was destined for him, the feeling when, all of a sudden, the medal has gone somewhere else is quite indescribable.
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.
The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete.
It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication.
When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening anymore.
If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.
Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it.
It has been said that the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is something that an athlete will remember for the rest of their life. It is true. That moment when you walk into the Olympic Stadium as part of the Australian Olympic Team, is a moment that I will never forget.
You have to train your mind like you train your body.
For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.
I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
Never put an age limit on your dreams.
It's all about the journey, not the outcome.
If you're fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.
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