You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable.— Cathy Freeman
The most attractive Cathy Freeman quotes that will add value to your life
Twenty seconds before a race, there's absolute focus.
The key thing is to achieve relaxation, but at the same to have absolute total control. You've got to find the balance between being totally ready to go and being really at peace with yourself as well.
Between 1991 and 1997 I had really serious asthma.
This occasion is personally very meaningful and I hope to visit Korea again if I have the chance.
Disappointment and adversity can be catalysts for greatness.
There's something particularly exciting about being the hunter, as opposed to the hunted. And that can make for powerful energy.
I like looking feminine and I enjoy being a role model.
I enjoy being a woman. It all comes down to having the confidence to be who you are.
I am very determined and the sport is my passion. I believe I am born for running.
I felt so full of gratitude and humility that I clasped my hands in front of me, closed my eyes and said a silent prayer of thanks to God... I had at last achieved something I'd wanted for so long... My insides bubbled with happiness. It was a dream come true.
I'm certainly not ready to go changing the world overnight right now.
I'm completely uninformed about a lot of our issues, a lot of the nation's issues, not just Indigenous issues.
When I'm in a bad mood, I don't listen.
My mind is pretty made up that life for Cathy Freeman will be as an unmarried woman from now on.
I've had my fair share of being dismissed.
But I'm only about to turn 30. And when I finish running, I'm going to be a dangerous woman.
My feelings tried to control me on my run.
I had to concentrate fully on forthcoming running and success. I wanted to triumph.
Asthma is treatable and well can be controlled.
I have a friend who, if she has a bad hair day, it affects her whole mood because it is part of her sexuality, her confidence. I don't have that problem any more.
I quite clearly have made the right decision in my heart, retirement was the way.
I have time to breathe, time to be myself more often, I am a lot more relaxed and less guarded.
I don't agree with everything Madonna's done but she is fearless.
I lie around the floor with my cats Billy and Jazz or watch DVDs with my best friends.
The last sort of really low-key race I ran, I realized with about a hundred metres to go, that my heart just wasn't in it. I wasn't trying my hardest, I didn't care to compete against the girls I was up against. That spoke a lot about where my heart was taking me-which was off the track.
I don't have a lot of regrets in my life.
I was running since I was 10. Since grade one at school people looked at me and thought, oh gosh she can really run, she's a natural.
Australians are a fantastic bunch of people but the attention can be overwhelming for someone like me.
With Alexander's cancer, I was definitely brought to my knees for the first time because of the fear factor.
I'm so lucky. I have such a great support system. All I have to do is run.
Being overseas at the time it all kind of happened was perfect because I had no idea that it was going to attract so much media attention and provoke these lovely people calling in and offering up their opinions and advice.
I'll just let time happen. I don't have to articulate what may be or what may not be. I don't even do that to myself.
I'm not a marriage expert, quite clearly.
I made publicity contracts with Nike, several broadcasting companies and airline companies within Australia.
I'm doing something now where I'm going to have to learn so much and that takes time nurturing, those kinds of relationships.
I make no apologies.
I definitely do things on my terms, it may not seem that way but I actually do.
I want to be a positive role model, especially for kids and Aboriginal people.
.. When people see me, often all they see is another Australian athlete having a go. It isn't until they see the full Cathy Freeman picture that they realise how proud I am of my ancestry and heritage. I'd like a little more tolerance and acceptance of my culture and all the differing cultures that make up Australia.
I was going to shave it. It went in two parts. I got a bob first but it kept falling all over my face. Then it was off, short. The main reason it was long was because my mother cut it short when I was little and I was trying to make up for that.
I decided that I was going to go to the Olympics to see if I had made the right decision to retire because I knew that if I'd made the mistake of retiring I would know during and after those Games in Athens.
I made my first Australian senior team when I was 16, first Olympics when I was 19, and I retired. I'm 32, I retired four years ago, so a good third of my life or nearly a third of my life has been all about running.
Money makes life easier but I don't want to be rich, not at all.
My story has resonated around the world.
I am just Catherine, I just like to run. And I'll run with opportunities.
I do not have any official responsibilities related to the Australian Olympic Committee or the Federation of Athletic Associations since I am too busy with my private business.
Realise there is always somebody else in the World who's not coping as well as you are.
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.
I'm learning in my own sort of quiet, out-of-the-spotlight kind of way.
I certainly have my general point of view about the government, and the future of our children. I'm certainly learning all the time, I'm happy to be an onlooker for now.
I feel like I've reached an age where I can relax a little bit with the knowledge of what I've been through, take all that experience and use it. I love the challenge of trying to get back to where I've been, and beyond it.
I was always surrounded by expectation from the very first race I ran as a 5-year-old.
It is my second visit to Korea since the International Junior Athletic Championships in 1992. Both then and now, I felt Korea is an interesting country and the people are very kind.
My last real race was at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000.
I think the greatest amount of pressure is the pressure I place on myself.
So in a way I chose to be alone.
I took only twice a time-out, once, when I was hurt, and a second time, when I much felt I was exhausted out of personal reasons.
I'd like to see as many sports as I can because I have never had the chance to enjoy the other sports in the past.