quote by Jesse Owens

After I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand or have me up to their suite. But no one was going to offer me a job.

— Jesse Owens

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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.

Ballet dancing is arduous, strenuous activity.

Students are engaged in physical training that rivals the training Olympic athletes undergo. At the same time, they strive for physical perfection not for the prowess alone but as a way of achieving the means necessary to express the pure nature of their art.

The potential for greatness lives within us all.

The U.S. Olympic spirit award is an award that is given to an athlete who embodies the Olympic spirit in more ways than just on the playing field, in showing incredible perseverance, in overcoming obstacles, and what we wanted to do is have everybody can vote on-line.

Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it.

Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work

If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything.

It's all about the journey, not the outcome.

I still can't believe I'm an Olympic athlete.

Female success stories from sporting events like the Olympic Games have played a role in shifting the Indian perception to see the female athlete as a hero and a role model for young Indian girls.

In 2008 I didn't take it all in enough.

I was so wrapped up in just the competition that I missed what was going on around me. If I am given that opportunity again to go to the Olympics and be an athlete I want to take it all in because I feel like this is my last shot and I want to feel the team spirit. I want to really live and breathe the USA.

I didn't train to make the Olympic team until 1968.

I simply trained for the moment. I never even imagined I would be an Olympic athlete. It always seemed to evolve.

The female body is a masterpiece. Everyone likes to look at the female body, especially in dynamic, athletic sport.

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 is something in the Olympics, indefinable, springing from the soul, that must be preserved.

Never put an age limit on your dreams.

The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete.

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.

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.

Young people and Indian people need to know that we existed in the 20th Century.

We need to know who our heroes are and to know what we have done and accomplished in this century other than what Olympic athletes Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills have done.

I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.

Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.

If you're fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.

Olympics are probably the most important thing for Russians than any other athletes in the whole world. Since I was a little kid and since everybody was a little kid, their dream was playing in Olympic Games, especially if we have a chance to represent our country in Sochi, it's unbelievable and it's going to be a great thing.

For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.

Every once in a while I run the Olympic downhill in Japan in my head.

I think of how the energy is going to flow and then I make it all work for myself.

I had female role models to look up to starting in middle school, athletes like Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm who made me realize that there was room in the world of sports for women. They ignited my dream of becoming an Olympic athlete.

My father's encouragement is what has brought me this far, because when I grew up I wanted to be like him, and I knew I had that ability to become an athlete. Being an Olympian is one of the greatest things, and being an Olympic gold medallist is one of the most prestigious titles in the world.

I've always seen the Olympics as a place where you could act out your differences on the athletic field with a sense of sportsmanship and fairness and mutual respect.

For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art.

Qualifying for this Olympic team has been the most stressful experience of my athletic career. It has taught me so much about myself and how to handle high-pressure moments. I've learned to become my own biggest cheerleader, always feeding myself positive thoughts, visualizing myself winning, and most importantly focusing on each individual point.

I've never thought of the Olympics as a political statement.

I really think a boycott ... is in the wrong as far as the athletes are concerned.

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.

You can't be a creative thinker if you're not stimulating your mind, just as you can't be an Olympic athlete if you don't train regularly.

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