If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal.— Fidel Castro
Most Powerful Olympic Gold quotations
Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the on to find the gold.
Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made.
The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.
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 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.
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work
Don't gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold.
You do not boo an Olympic Gold Medalist.
I'm the best in the world. I came here for you. You don't boo me.
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.
Never put an age limit on your dreams.
Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.
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.
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.
Whatever you use to keep the pain at bay robs you of the fleck and nuggets of gold that feeling grief will give you.
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.
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.
You might not have a car or big gold chain, stay true to yourself and things will change.
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.
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.
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.
Career-wise, I was not the most naturally talented ice skater.
Of course I had a knack for it , but practice was always the answer for me. I needed to put in the time to get back the confidence that led me to Olympic gold.
The favorite to win the Olympic gold medal in archery is a legally blind athlete from South Korea, mainly because everyone else is too scared to compete next to him.
I'm having a wonderful time in training.
It's so funny because you go through ups and you go through downs. People have to realize that my career started on a down. I got ripped off a Gold Medal at the Olympics but it didn't stop me and it made me a better person.
Curling is not a sport. I called my grandmother and told her she could win a gold medal because they have dusting in the Olympics now.
To finish off this whole Olympics by finally getting the gold medal, it's the best feeling in the world.
Words can't even describe how much Olympic medals means to me, because of all the hard work, sacrifice and effort I put in at the gym, and also because of how much my family supported me and sacrificed their dreams for mine. It also means a lot to me, knowing that I became the first African American to win the individual all-around gold medal.
Sometimes I feel envious when my friends go to parties and I have to go to bed.
But my friends always tell me that the parties really aren't that much fun anyway. Whatever I've missed, I've made up for. Most kids don't get to go to the Olympics and win three gold medals. It's definitely been worth it and I wouldn't do it if I didn't want to.
It took Dan Jansen, the speed skater, four Olympics to win a medal-a gold one at that!-but he never gave up. I won't, either.
It's now come out just before his record-breaking 100-meter dash, gold medalist Usain Bolt ate at McDonald's. Apparently he timed his meal so when the race started he would have exactly 9.63 seconds to get to a toilet.
Now I know the difference between a rousing reception and a pat on the back.
Now I know the difference between a gold in Commonwealth Games and a bronze in Olympics.
I wouldn't say that there's ever been an Olympic champion that didn't deserve to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
I was running track early in my years and I was breaking track records in sprint running. I was training and I wanted to be in the Olympics. I thought I was going to be able to win a gold medal, and my mind was pretty much set on 'this is what I want to do'.
Getting the degree meant more to me than an NCAA title, being named All-American or winning an Olympic gold medal.
Going to the Olympics as a Maasai I want to make them proud because, after the warm welcome they gave me when I went back and being their leader, I want to also be the warrior in the Olympics. That will be something good because that will be the first Olympic gold medal for the Maasai.
I think I dreamed about competing at the Olympics, maybe hoping to win a gold medal. Not that I ever thought that I would, but I dreamed about it.
If I bring back only one gold people are going to say it's a disappointment.
But not too many of them own an Olympic gold medal so if I get one I'm going to be happy.
My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.'