quote by Fidel Castro

If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal.

— Fidel Castro

Most Powerful Olympic Medal quotations

The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.

Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made.

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.

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.

Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work

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.

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

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

Winning medals wasn't the point of the Olympics. It's the participating that counts.

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.

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.

For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.

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.

Is a BJ adultery? What? Did I miss a day of school? Of course it is! Oral sex is adultery like Curling is an Olympic sport. The only thing is, oral sex should be in the Olympics because it's much harder than Curling, and if you're good at it, you DESERVE a medal!

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.

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

And that's what this Olympic medal represents.

The 2012 Olympics is going to cost £8 billion which is a lot of money.

It'll probably bankrupt London. But you can't put a price on two bronze medals in cycling.

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 was at the Olympic Games winning medals and I still doubted my image.

I doubted what I looked like. That's sad.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You have to train your mind like you train your body.

Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.

I would be happy with an Olympic bronze. What I don't have is an Olympic medal.