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 only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
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.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.
The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening anymore.
The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them.
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
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.
After the '96 Olympics, we all started believing that this is bigger than we thought, and we were willing to do the work. We knew that it was up to us, the players, to make soccer successful.
I hope that this medal inspires the kids at home to put down guns and knives and pick up a pair of trainers instead.
I have been dubbed 'the girl who puts the glamour into hammer'
Sometimes it's just the beer and bikinis that get people to come and watch, but it's the competition that's keeping them there.
Curling is not a sport. I called my grandmother and told her she could win a gold medal because they have dusting in the Olympics now.
There is something in the Olympics, indefinable, springing from the soul, that must be preserved.
You have to train your mind like you train your body.
Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.
It has been said that the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is something that an athlete will remember for the rest of their life. It is true. That moment when you walk into the Olympic Stadium as part of the Australian Olympic Team, is a moment that I will never forget.
There's always a point where you get knocked down. But I draw on what I've learned on the track: If you work hard, things will work out.
When you're expected to win and you have the press saying that you are going to win the Olympic gold medal, and you're the only sure thing in the Olympics, it can undermine your confidence.
The Olympic Games must not be an end in itself, they must be a means of creating a vast program of physical education and sports competitions for all young people.
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.
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