If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal.— Fidel Castro
Authentic Gold Medal quotations
Gold medals aren't really made of gold.
They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made.
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals.
The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.
The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
People say that it was degrading for an Olympic champion to run against a horse, but what was I supposed to do? I had four gold medals, but you can't eat four gold medals. There was no television, no big advertising, no endorsements then. Not for a black man, anyway.
We are all going to fall short. We are going to have some bitter losses, very painful defeats and failures. We have to use those to come back even stronger. That's what makes it sweeter, when we can overcome those and figure out a way to win. The great teams can do that, and those are the gold medal winning teams.
I made a gym, it's the best gym in Nicaragua, I have kids that this year July 6th through the 11th will be fighting and then will go on to the Central American Games and I'm sure at least one will win a gold medal.
I've learned that winning isn't everything, and it's more about the journey.
But at the end of the day, I just want to stand on the podium with the gold medal.
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work
Never buy gold, simply earn it
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.
To anyone who has started out on a long campaign believing that the gold medal was destined for him, the feeling when, all of a sudden, the medal has gone somewhere else is quite indescribable.
That's the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball and now hockey - and know they can win a gold medal, too.
We had two goals...One was to cherish every moment together, cherish the journey because the journey allows you to learn and grow. The other was to win a gold medal.
Girls playing sports is not about winning gold medals.
It's about self-esteem, learning to compete and learning how hard you have to work in order to achieve your goals.
It's not about speed and gold medals. It's about refusing to be stopped.
When I was going through my transition of being famous, I tried to ask God, why was I here? What was my purpose? Surely, it wasn't just to win three gold medals. There has to be more to this life than that.
The feeling of accomplishment welled up inside of me, three Olympic gold medals.
I knew that was something nobody could ever take away from me, ever.
Yes, winning the gold medal was undoubtedly the biggest day of my career - mostly because I won the way I had prepared to run it. It was a totally satisfying experience.
Never put an age limit on your dreams.
I hoped to win a medal and hoped it would be gold.
I knew I was good but didn't know I would be the one to score something that had never been done before.
I had over-trained. I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted that gold medal too much. If I had trained 15 per cent less, I would have won. I was training like a crazy person. There was a lack of self-confidence and a lack of maturity. An athlete does not only train with his body. He trains with his mind.
If you bound the arms and legs of gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps, weighed him down with chains, threw him in a pool and he sank, you wouldn't call it a 'failure of swimming.' So, when markets have been weighted down by inept and excessive regulation, why call this a 'failure of capitalism'?
I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.
I've been training super hard at the Lopez Taekwondo Academy in Houston, which belongs to my brother Jean. For me, I think confidence is the biggest thing; it's all mental. I train with the best of the best, including my brother Steven, a five-time world champion who won Olympic gold medals.
I was ahead in the slalom. But in the second run, everyone fell on a dangerous spot. I was beaten by a woman that got up faster than I did. I learned that people fall down, winners get up, and gold medal winners just get up faster.
In the history of each sport, the heroes who win the Olympic gold medal are the ones we remember. Nobody remembers the World Champion 25 years ago, but everyone remembers who the Olympic Champions were, even 100 years ago.
Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves.
The only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.
Joe Frazier's life didn't start with Ali.
I was a Golden Gloves champ. Gold medal in Tokyo '64. Heavyweight champion of the world long before I fought Ali in the Garden.
People fall down, winners get up, and gold medal winners just get up faster!
People think the gold medal is yours and they say you're going to win - but they have no idea how hard it is. People aren't doing it negatively - they're mostly lovely and they really do want you to win - but they don't understand the difficulty and intensity of competition.
That was such an important time for us, as a team.
It was our second gold medal in a row, following Salt Lake City, and really established ourselves as the best team in the world.
If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard. The thrill of competing carries with it the thrill of a gold medal. One wants to win to prove himself the best.