10 Inspirational Quotes From Olympic Athletes


Michael Phelps

With the 2016 Rio Olympics just a few months away, athletes from around the world are prepared to descend on the Brazilian city to fight for a spot on the podium.

In the past, Olympic athletes and coaches have surpassed all odds to earn a medal and have shared their mantras that helped them on their respective journeys.

Many athletes train for years in a competition that can last just seconds and with incredibly high margins of error. With this reality in mind, Olympians from all walks of life have shared their words of advice on the sports they love, the challenges they overcame and the joy they experienced in achieving their dreams.

While not everyone can be an Olympic athlete, people can certainly learn from their determination, drive and will to succeed. Below are 10 motivational quotes to help you set and achieve your personal goals.

“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, winner of gold medal at 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games

“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, gold medalist in women’s football

“Never put an age limit on your dreams,” – Dara Torres, U.S. gold medalist in swimming

“When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.”- Florence Griffith Joyner, gold medalist in athletics in 1988 and silver medalist in 1988 and 1984

“The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.” – Peggy Fleming, gold medalist in figure skating in 1968

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz, winner of 7 gold medals at 1972 Munich Olympic Games

“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, U.S. gold medalist in track and field

“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” – Michael Phelps, U.S. gold medalist in swimming

“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, Olympic hurdler

“You have to train your mind like you train your body.”– Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) gold medalist in decathlon in 1976

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