Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.
There are so many people afraid of a task. They get so overwhelmed by the obstacles in front of them that they shy away from reaching beyond a position of safety.
You have to have already convinced yourself that you are going to win no matter what other influences are.
I don't really see the hurdles. I sense them like a memory.
I always had to keep improving my skills in order to remain competitive and keep winning.
No one runs fast without an extreme amount of training. Like today, you see kids walking around dribbling a basketball. I had a bag with track shoes in it, and I used to go to the track every day.
My father was an all-American football player.
My father was also a principal of a school and mother was a curriculum advisor. Both were educators.
Lots of people let it go by and never accomplish what they want. I just wanted to see what I could do.
I didn't get an athletics scholarship at a major school.
Social ills: teenage pregnancy, gangs, children with behavioral problems. All these things can be alleviated if kids got more physical activity for starters.
I ran my first race the end of March, 1976. And less than four months later I was Olympic champion. But I had the background. It's not like I just ran one day and all of a sudden became a champion. It was a lot of work.
I always got my work done before playing.
The joint lubrication was not what it was when I was competing, and I decided that not having arthritis or rheumatism for the rest of my life was a lot more important to me than returning to the track.
I went to Moorehouse College. There was no track and field there.
I overcame size with mechanics.
I never struggled with injury problems because of my preparation - in particular my stretching.
Stretching was a major part of my preparation.
I used biomechanics to save time when I was competing.
I wanted to go to medical school. But, I never got a college scholarship.
I was always a mean and lean athlete - not tall - not large.
I was always more of an academic than a jock.
One of my major competitors was Harold Smith. Smith beat me in 1977. I was loafing during that competition.
Both parents supported my becoming a world class athlete.
In digital world, sport provides opportunity to bring people together.
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