Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.
I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.
To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.
The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
The greatest memory for me of the 1984 Olympics was not the individual honors, but standing on the podium with my teammates to receive our team gold medal.
Never put an age limit on your dreams.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.
I don't run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.
Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it.
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
If you're fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.
The only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.
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.
An Olympic medal is the greatest achievement and honor that can be received by an athlete. I would swap any World Title to have won gold at the Olympics.
All that is gold does not glitter.
Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
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