Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
My only focus was the Olympics because in my sport, that is the ultimate. Everything is geared toward that, and my entire life was geared around getting there and winning gold.
At the Olympics, you there to do a job. I feel you should take it seriously. You should be respectful. You are putting on the red-white-and-blue and going out there to perform for your country.
I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
And I suggested to change very simple way to Olympic Games, in one competition, two different levels. Separate from, until sixteen, and after sixteen years old.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
Aristotle compiled the first known comprehensive list of all winners of the Olympic Games. Which means that quite probably he was sat in a bar with Plato, muttering 'Go on then, give me any year you like and I'll tell you who won the four-man bobsleigh.'
I was at the Olympic Games winning medals and I still doubted my image. I doubted what I looked like. That's sad.
I graduated a the top of my class in the '84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.
The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
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.
The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them.
The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete.
I'd been ready too, because before Olympic Games, I wasn't compete in big competition like, World Championship, like European Championship. I just competed in national competition.
For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art.
And, in nineteen seventy two Olympic Games I wasn't really going to be a star, and overnight I became a star.
It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.
I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
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