All pressure is self-inflicted. It's what you make of it or how you let it rub off on you.
Throughout my athletic career, the overall goal was always to be a better athlete than I was at the moment – whether next week, next month or next year. The improvement was the goal. The medal was simply the ultimate reward for achieving that goal.
Competing is exciting and winning is exhilarating, but the true prize will always be the self-knowledge and understanding that you have gained along the way.
Sport is a universal language, building more bridges between people than anything else I can think of.
The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world.
Vision is a romantic thing. We have got into 'talent identification'. I am much more interested in passion - finding people who are really excited about doing something.
Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm.
It is to create the best Games the world has ever seen by unlocking the UK's unrivalled passion for sport, by delivering the best Games for athletes to compete in, by showcasing London's unmatched cultural wealth and diversity and by creating a real and lasting legacy.
Tomorrow is another day, and there will be another battle!
World records are only borrowed.
If you lived in Sheffield and were called Sebastian, you had to learn to run fast at a very early stage.
I became a great runner because if you're a kid in Leeds and your name is Sebastian you've got to become a great runner.
Nobody ever becomes an expert parent. But I think good parenting is about consistency. Its about being there at big moments, but its also just the consistency of decision making. And its routine.
I've always felt that long, slow distance produces long, slow runners.
Blink and you miss a sprint. The 10,000 meters is lap after lap of waiting. Theatrically, the mile is just the right length: beginning, middle, end, a story unfolding.
I might have to consider coaching- I'm getting too old to be a world class runner and my mind isn't gone enough to become an official.
Quite simply the Games are the biggest opportunity sport in this country has ever had. It is one that we must not squander.
The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation.
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.
It is really important that we promote competitive support in schools. It is very important that we recognise that has to be underpinned by good quality physical education and by getting people into patterns of exercise.
This is not going to be business as usual. This is business unusual
The London Games will be designed for the athletes and we will provide them with the very best venues and the very best conditions to pursue their sporting dreams in London.
I don't think I am a workaholic. I prefer to keep busy. It is better than the alternative.
I believed that we had to answer the question: Why are we doing this? And it wasn’t until we started to articulate, internally as an organisation, that it was about using the Games to inspire young people to participate in sports that we each understood what we had to do.
Our success in Singapore was a Herculean effort by the whole team. Now I am determined to deliver on all we promised. I will be watching like a hawk.
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