Famous quotes by Athletes


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"Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair"
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"If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?"
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"Most ball games are lost, not won"
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"It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What's tough is being good every day"
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"My salvation was a free gift. I didn't have to work for it and it's better than any gold medal that I've ever won"
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"I found them uncomfortable and after that I decided to continue running barefoot because I found it more comfortable. I felt more in touch with what was happening - I could actually feel the track"
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"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them"
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"I realised from a very early age that God gave me a gift, and that gift was to run, and I wanted to use it to the best of my ability"
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"I'm kind of in between a goody-goody and a rebel. I'm not bad, but I'm not good either. I'm a little crazy"
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"Coming from a farming background, I saw nothing out of the ordinary in running barefoot, although it seemed to startle the rest of the athletics world. I have always enjoyed going barefoot and when I was growing up I seldom wore shoes, even when I went into town"
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"If you want to be a successful runner, you have to consider everything. It's no good just thinking about endurance and not to develop fine speed"
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"At this year's Open, I'll have five boyfriends"
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"As a teenager I had no idea that I had the potential to win an Olympic gold medal and my athletic career developed only by lucky circumstances"
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"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get"
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"I always felt free when I ran. I suppose that's what was good about it"
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"My parents always encouraged me and I had a good home life. We were always taught to respect things and other people. It's so different today, because children are just not taught the right way"
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"The integral part of being a star is having the will to win. All the champions have it"
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"You've got to stick at a thing, a particular thing, until you succeed.I feel that's the only way to succeed - by concentrating on something in particular. Once you know what you've got to do you will succeed, you will succeed"
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"Everything I did that required effort, I opened my mouth. Even to catch a ball, I opened my mouth"
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"I've never had a teammate competing with me my whole life"
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"I don't feel like a star; I never have. I don't feel like a star; I never have. I always feel like I'm the young one, I'm the small one. I always have someone to look up to, and I think it helps me with motivating myself"
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"In some ways the ACL tear was a blessing. I had hesitated to return to elite gymnastics after the 2008 Olympics. I told myself I had already accomplished so much, and the road was just going to get harder if I continued"
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"I'm pleased to say my knee feels a lot better. It's still not back to normal, and I don't know if it ever will be, but I'm learning to deal with it instead of expecting it to be like it was before"
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"When you win, nothing hurts"
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"When we won the league championship, all the married guys on the club had to thank their wives for putting up with all the stress and strain all season. I had to thank all the single broads in New York"
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"Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle"
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"The night before I compete, I like to have steak. Meat is especially important for female athletes because it provides them with the nutrients they need to perform at their best"
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"Without hard work and discipline it is difficult to be a top professional"
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"I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn't matter to me whether I played with white kids or black. I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with, and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up, telling other people how to act"
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"Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson"
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