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Olympic Quotes

Famous Quotes From Olympics Champions


The Olympic Games celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship. The Games are also a medium to spread the message of unity and peace. At the Olympics, ambitious sports persons face the ultimate test of performance. What makes Olympic winners achieve their goals? How does their passion fuel them to scale new heights? The answer to these questions can be found in these Olympic quotes.

Sergei Bubka (Ukrainian pole vaulter, 1988 Summer Olympics)
The Olympics are always a special competition. It is very difficult to predict what will happen.

Noureddine Morceli (Algerian athlete, 1996 Summer Olympics, on his 2000m World record)
It was an extraterrestrial performance. It is very special to go below 4:50, but I believe I can do better.

Daley Thompson (British decathlete, 2-time winner at the Olympics):
When we stage the Olympics it will inspire kids all over the country. A kid in Scotland or Ireland will be encouraged to take up sport.

Mitch Gaylord (American gymnast, 1984 Summer Olympics)
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.

Noureddine Morceli (Algerian athlete, 1996 Summer Olympics)
I believe in God. He is the secret of my success. He gives people talent.

Mary Lou Retton (American gymnast, 1984 Summer Olympics)
There can be distractions, but if you're isolated from the heart of the Games, the Olympics become just another competition.

Pierre de Coubertin (founder of modern Olympic Games)
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.

Cathy Freeman (Australian athlete, 2000 Summer Olympics)
The Athens Olympics will be meaningful even though I cannot participate as an athlete, since I can participate in the flame relay all over the world.

Peter Snell (New Zealand athlete, 3-time winner of Olympics)
I think I've seen the fastest miler ever. His name is Morceli.

Scott Hamilton (American figure skater, 1984 Winter Olympics)
The Olympics in '80 was phenomenal. It was my favorite memory of all competitive events, because it was brand new and it was exciting.

Jeff Fenech (Australian boxer, 1984 Summer Olympics)
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.

Bill Toomey (American decathlete, 1968 Summer Olympics)
The Olympics have been with the world since 776 B.C., and have only been interrupted by war, especially in the modern era.

Noureddine Morceli (Algerian athlete, 1996 Summer Olympics, on breaking records)
I am still young. I have a lot of time. And if someone breaks my records in the future, I won't cry. That's sport.

John Walker (New Zealand athlete, 1976 Summer Olympics)
We could be looking at the greatest middle distance runner of all time.

Venuste Niyongabo (Burundi athlete, 1996 Summer Olympics)
As long as Morceli is in the race, it is always [a race for] second place.

Dawn Fraser (Australian swimmer, 3-time winner at the Olympics)
The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.

Noureddine Morceli (Algerian athlete, 1996 Summer Olympics)
When I race my mind is full of doubts - who will finish second, who will finish third?

Debi Thomas (African-American figure skater, 1988 Winter Olympics)
I got a bronze medal and I can't complain about that, the only African-American to get a medal in the Winter Olympics.

Noureddine Morceli (Algerian athlete, 1996 Summer Olympics)
Perhaps I don't give the impression that I'm hurting on the track. But that is because I am animated by an interior force which covers my suffering.

Mary Lou Retton (American gymnast, 1984 Summer Olympics)
For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.

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