He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.
You have to train your mind like you train your body.
Never put an age limit on your dreams.
When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening anymore.
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
I hope that this medal inspires the kids at home to put down guns and knives and pick up a pair of trainers instead.
I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.
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.
The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard.
A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
The feeling of accomplishment welled up inside of me, three Olympic gold medals. I knew that was something nobody could ever take away from me, ever.
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
If I bring back only one gold people are going to say it's a disappointment. But not too many of them own an Olympic gold medal so if I get one I'm going to be happy.
Curling is not a sport. I called my grandmother and told her she could win a gold medal because they have dusting in the Olympics now.
The only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.
Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves.
Breaking the world record in '92 was a very special personal moment, but I'd say my favorite moment as a decathlete was winning the Olympic gold medal.
The greatest memory for me of the 1984 Olympics was not the individual honors, but standing on the podium with my teammates to receive our team gold medal.
Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made.
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.
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