If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.
It's all about the journey, not the outcome.
I never competed against athletes. I competed against perfection.
Life is about timing and overcoming difficult things.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
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.
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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.
If you go by other people's opinions or predictions,
you'll just end up talking yourself out of something.
If you're running down the track of life thinking that
it's impossible to break life's records,
those thoughts have a funny way of sinking into your feet.
The people are fed up with their elected officials playing the blame game and treating their political counterparts as enemies.
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.
Whether I'm 40, 50 or 60, I'm going to be as physically strong as I am able.
Track and field is the best way to reach out for kids. It doesn't matter how fast you are. You always want to beat someone.
I want to be a millionaire, and I don't ever want a real job.
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.
Our message of the day is service does not need a title.
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.
At the end of the day, if you're a professional athlete in track and field you are the CEO of your company.
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