And then you have the responsibility and the duty of being good examples to youngsters, not smoke, training hard, go to bed early, don't drink alcohol, don't take drugs, it's very important to have a policy for educating against doping.
Be very strong... be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion.
I am always fighting inside the Council to get the message across that at each competition venue, we should send somebody to inspect and to make sure the athletes will be looked after in a correct manner.
You never know the limit of a human being.
We are just not made up to be middle distance runners.
Anyone who attempts anything original in the world must expect a bit of ridicule.
The medal is not for yourself. It couldn't be done without the support and help of my people, runners, and coaches
If we carry on filling up the calendar, we keep on pushing the athlete, we shorten the athletes longevity. The risk is to shorten a career that could have lasted 10 years because the athlete is burnt out.
Then I received support from the Government to compete for my country, and to represent Cuba in competition.
I run in practically every single road race in my country, 5k, 10k just to promote the sport.
I love music, and outside of work my family keeps me very busy, I have five children to keep track of.
In Cuba we use our champions to promote the sport.
We want to promote the great quality of athletics - and maintain it's integrity - all over the world.
I got involved in athletics during physical education lessons at school.
The most important part of this is to prepare the athlete for life in general and then be able to compete.
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