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19 Inspiring Olympian Quotes

REC Media is proud to present 19 of the most inspiring quotes from great Olympians.

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

 

Mark Spitz

Never put an age limit on your dreams.

 

Dara Torres

If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.

 

Carl Lewis

Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle!

 

Sanya Richards-Ross

All the physical comes from the mental.

 

Clara Huges

 

Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.

 

Nancy Kerrigan

You’ve got to look for tough competition. You’ve got to want to beat the best.

 

Grete Waitz

Falling in life is inevitable—staying down is optional.

 

Carrie Johnson

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

 

Mary Lou Retton

Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.

 

Andre Agassi

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does — that makes you a winner right there.

 

Venus Williams

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

 

Muhammad Ali

I don't think you're human if you don't get nervous.

 

Sidney Crosby

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

 

Jesse Owens

We have the can-do factor, and us doing what we do I think inspires people to just try that little bit harder, whether they are able-bodied or disabled.

 

Lee Pearson

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.

 

Mia Hamm

The key is not the will to win... everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.

 

Bobby Knight

Too many times women try to be competitive with each other. We should help support each other, rather than try to be better than each other.

 

Katarina Witt

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

 

Wilma Rudolph

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