If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.
I want to be remembered as a person who felt there was no limitation to what the human body and mind can do and be the inspiration to lead people to do things they never hoped to do.
Channel your energy. Focus.
It's all about the journey, not the outcome.
My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus.
Life is about timing and overcoming difficult things.
I never competed against athletes. I competed against perfection.
The best kids are going to become the best. But the best thing about it is that you're going to learn lessons in playing those sports about winning and losing and teamwork and teammates and arguments and everything else that are going to affect you positively for the rest of your life.
The people are fed up with their elected officials playing the blame game and treating their political counterparts as enemies.
The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.
Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.
People have a moral standard about what they will do and will not do. At the end of the day someone who cheats has a lower moral standard than someone who does not. And they will cheat in other areas of life as well.
My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
Every New Year's Eve, I have a pact to do something I never thought I'd do. So I created this list. You have to free your mind to do things you wouldn't think of doing. Don't ever say no.
I've always known that sporting people frequently suffer from joint problems because of the repeated strain they put on their bodies to get to the top. But somehow I never thought it would happen to me.
I know there are a lot of people out there who have the best intentions but not the voice, so it's about people like me to give them a voice and hear their ideas.
When I decided to go for four gold medals I planned it out over a few years. It was in four different events and there was a lot to it.
I want to be a millionaire, and I don't ever want a real job.
Join me in the final race to smash poverty and achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals
There is no correlation between a childhood success and a professional athlete.
An athlete and actor are really two different temperaments, night and day. As an athlete you really keep things out and as an actor you really bring things in.
By carrying the torch, you will be bridging cultural and social barriers, and all the boundaries that separate nation from nation.
I like the pressure of having to perform so people will come to me.
'm so fortunate to have done what I love to do for so long, but the day I retired was one of the best days of my life. Not because I was happy to get away from the sport, but because it was clear in my mind that I had done all I possibly could, and that it was time to go.
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