Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made.— Gabby Douglas
Most Powerful Olympic Champion quotations
Champions train, losers complain.
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.
The obvious goals were there- State Champion, NCAA Champion, Olympic Champion.
To get there I had to set an everyday goal which was to push myself to exhaustion or, in other words, to work so hard in practice that someone would have to carry me off the mat.
Champions train. Losers complain.
My senior year of high school, when I was getting recruited for college, my dad goes to me, 'You can become an Olympic champion.' And that's the first time that I'd heard someone else say that to me. I was like, 'Uh, are you talking to me?'
The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. Every jogger can't dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.
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.
Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
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.
I may have become a world champion quicker than most, but people should look at me and realise there are all kinds of ways to get where you want to go. Because we didn't plan it. We just did it.
As an Olympic champion gymnast, I have always stayed involved in my sport.
Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a vision, a dream.
It is everything I thought it would be;
being the Olympic champion, it definitely is an amazing feeling. And I give all the glory to God. It's kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me.
The Olympics is a special event and winning is very important.
For me as a world record holder and world champion, the only thing I am missing is the Olympic gold medal and that is what I want to achieve in my career.
I ran like a champion. It is a great consolation to show how dominant I am. I am the Olympic champion and the world champion, but I want Justin Gatlin to be the champion of everything.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
What I can tell them is the way you become an Olympic champion is to start working now. I tell them why it's always worth it to put the time and effort into something you want to be good at.
I'm the national champion of Jamaica now, I go into the Olympics like this.
I wouldn't say that there's ever been an Olympic champion that didn't deserve to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.
As a child I was very involved with sports and I knew at age 9 that I wanted to be an Olympic champion.
If the Olympic champion doesn't know how to jump quad, I don't know.
Now it's not figure skating. Now it's dancing.
Both the velodrome and the Commonwealth swimming pool are open to the public and are frequently used by local schools and the local community. Over the last six years young people have been inspired to take up swimming and cycling more seriously; some of them are now coming through as Olympic champions or hopefuls.
Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up
I never boxed until 17 and a half, I was in the Olympics at 19, and I was world champion when I was 20. I never watched a boxing match life in my life. The only boxer I had ever heard of was Muhammad Ali.
You can be an Olympic champion in 9.5 secs, but to be the greatest, there's more to it. It takes a bit of forethought and a lot of mental application.
My personal story has always been about perseverance and always getting up when I fall. Maybe I'm not Olympic champion, but I can teach the world about that.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
At the Olympics, there was a little bit of unfair judging, but I tried not to be disappointed and to do my best. I think the audience respected and loved what I did at the Olympics, and that helped me become the world champion in 1997.
It was a dream of mine to be an Olympic champion but not a lifelong goal.
I can't even imagine what it's like and right now I'm like in shock, I can't believe that I'm Olympic Champion.
To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.
It is very good to be Olympic champion, but that is not the strongest field.
Nellie Kim, an Olympic champion from the former Soviet Union, got a 10 right after me in '76, but nobody talks about that.
Once you become an Olympic champion, you are expected to win all the time.
There's no avoiding persistence.
A lot of people have been saying I am obsessed with the "making history" thing.
But it's what pushes me, it's what drives me, it's a huge boost knowing that I am going to be the first. There's a long list of Olympic champions that have become world champions, but none of them are from England.
I won the Olympic gold medal in Rome, Italy.
Olympic champion. The Russian standing right here, and the Pole right here.
I would be disappointed if I were remembered as a runner because I feelthat my contribution to the youth of America has far exceeded the woman who was the Olympic champion.
On being a champion Theres no avoiding persistence.
Bob Mathias was one of those rare individuals with the ability to inspire a nation through his determination and perseverance. He was a champion in every aspect of life, and he embraced the values that make our country and the worldwide Olympic movement special
There are many people who could be Olympic champions.
All-Americans who have never tried. I'd estimate more than 5 million people could have beaten me in the pole vault the years I won it... at least 5 million. Men that were stronger, bigger and faster than I was could have done it, but they never picked up a pole, never made the feeble effort to pick their legs off the ground trying to get over the bar.
Being champion is just priceless. I'm not trying to sound arrogant or anything but being Olympic champ, you have every country coming together and competing. Doing what they do best, getting awards, money. Coming together and competing in the most competitive way possible with the best from all these different countries on Earth and winning. To me that's priceless.
Olympic officials have disqualified a champion race walker after determining that he was doping. They disqualified him. The man said getting caught doping is almost as embarrassing as getting caught being a champion race walker.
I ran my first race the end of March, 1976.
And less than four months later I was Olympic champion. But I had the background. It's not like I just ran one day and all of a sudden became a champion. It was a lot of work.