Have you been glued to the Olympics? I have to admit, I’ve taken a keen interest. It’s so inspiring to see the determination and dedication of all the athletes, regardless of which country they represent.
If you’ve ever wondered what drives the competitive spirit of these athletes, I’ve rounded up 20 inspirational quotes from Olympic medalists and their coaches.
Perhaps some of these will resonate with you as you grow your business, serve your clients or just go about the race of life.
- “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.” —Bill Bowerman, Coach, U.S.A. track and field, 1972
- “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” —Carl Lewis, track and field
- “Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle!” —Sanya Richards-Ross, track and field
- “If you dream, and allow yourself to dream, you can do anything.” —Clara Hughes, cycling and speed skating
- “Focus on what you are, and not what you’re not.” —Jasmine Mian, wrestling
- “Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.” —Usain Bolt, track and field
- “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” —Bobby Knight, coach, basketball
- “Never put an age limit on your dreams.” —Dara Torres, swimming
- “It all came down to the basics of friendship” —Roseline Filion, synchronized diving
- “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” —Mark Spitz, swimming
- “My competition isn’t resting!’” —Kim Rhode, trap and skeet shooting
- “Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.” —Andre Agassi, tennis
- “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, gymnastics.
- “True heroes are made of hard work and integrity.” —Hope Solo, soccer
- “The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else.” —Peggy Fleming, figure skating
- “If you tell yourself you’re tired or if you tell yourself you’re sick, your body is going to follow the mind.” —Kellie Wells, hurdles
- “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” —Scott Hamilton, skater
- “I don’t run away from a challenge because I’m afraid of it. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” —Nadia Comaneci, gymnastics
- “If you think you’re done, you always have at least 40 percent more.” —Lauren Crandall, hockey
- “If you want to be the best you have to do the things others aren’t willing to do.” —Michael Phelps, swimming