32 Inspiring Olympic Quotes

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With Rio 2016 here in all its samba dancing, carnival floating, fiesta celebrating sporting glory, Teams on Tour have decided to look back to find some of the most inspiring Olympic quotes of all time to take you away from your sofa for five minutes (we’re sure you can cope with missing the synchronised swimming) and start your road to Olympic gold… Or at least your local kebab shop.

1. “This ability to conquer oneself is no doubt the most precious of all things sports bestows” – Olga Korbut

2. “If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything.” – Clara Hughes

3. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” – Muhammad Ali

4. “I don’t think you’re human if you don’t get nervous” – Sidney Crosby

5. “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

6. “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

7. “I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match” – Mia Hamm

8. “As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: By making the best choices, by making the most of the talent we’ve been given” – Mary Lou Retton

9. “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important” – Bobby Knight

10. “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win” – Carl Lewis

11. “You’ve got to look for tough competition. You’ve got to want to beat the best – Grete Waitz

12. “We underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit” – Wilma Rudolph

13. “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail” – Mark Spitz

14. “Never put an age limit on your dreams” – Dara Torres

15. “Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination” – Michael Phelps

16. “We have a heart of gold, and that’s what this medal is right here. It’s a team that will never give up” – Joey Hagerty

17. “If you think you can’t, you won’t, and if you think you can, you will” – Kellie Wells

18. “Surpassing my achievements feels incredible; I want to replicate that again and again” – Katherine Reutter

19. “Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle” – Sanya Richards-Ross

20. “There’s always a point where you get knocked down. But I draw on what I’ve learned on the track: If you work hard, things will work out” – Lolo Jones

21. “You have to believe in yourself when no-one else does – that makes you a winner right there” – Venus Williams

22. “Passion is a huge pre-requisite to winning” – Kerri Walsh

23. “You have to train your mind like you train your body” – Bruce Jenner

24. “I didn’t set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best” – Al Oerter

25. “Have fun, because that’s what life is all about” – Ryan Lochte

26. “The goal is to keep having fun. Not let that pressure get to me and still be Missy” – Missy Franklin

27. “I think the way to become the best is to just have fun” – Shaun White

28. “Let me tell you how it works in the velodrome. You turn up, you watch a race, we win a gold medal” – Jake Humphrey

29. “My competition isn’t resting” – Kim Rhode

30. “Part of being a champ is acting like a champ” – Nancy Kerrigan

31. “Failing in life is inevitable – staying down is optional” – Carrie Johnson

32. “Inspire a generation’ is our motto. Not necessarily ‘create-a-generation’… Which is what they sometimes get up to in the Olympic village” – Boris Johnson