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15 Inspiring Quotes From Olympic Athletes

As the Tokyo Games draw near, here are words of wisdom from some great athletes, past and present

Some days you learn from a book; other days you learn from hours of practice

Michael Phelps, swimming

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I always say my biggest competitor is myself because, whenever I step out there on the mat, I'm competing against myself to prove that I can do this.

Simone Biles, Gymnastics

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Friendships are born on the field of athletic strife and the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust."

Jesse Owens, track & field

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If I wasn't dyslexic, I probably wouldn't have won the Games. If I had been a better reader, then [sports] would have come easily...and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.

Caitlyn Jenner, Decathlon

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I don’t like to lose — at anything… Yet I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.

Serena Williams, tennis

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I never want to be satisfied with losing and I don’t feel that will ever change. It is who I am. I am a competitor. I have always been that way, and always will be.

Allyson Felix, track & field

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This is my charge to everybody, Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Step outside of yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you’ve ever been before.

Megan Rapino, soccer

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"I know what I can do so I never doubt myself."

Usain Bolt, track & field

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Failure I can live with; not trying is what I can’t handle.

Sanya Richards-Ross, track & field

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You just gotta keep going and fighting for everything, and one day you'll get to where you want.

Naomi Osaka, tennis

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I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m fast, I’m pretty, and I can’t possibly be beat!

Muhammed Ali, boxing

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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, soccer

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Only the strongest shoulders can carry the hopes of a nation.

Katie Taylor, boxing

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Records are set to be broken.

Florence Griffith-Joyner, track & field

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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

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