Famous Olympic Quotes: The first Olympic games were established in 776 BC at Olympia, Greece. In honor of Zeus, Greek city states gathered to one place, wars were halted, and the battle for the best athletes in all of Greece, favored by the Gods, would begin. Thus the Olympic games became the cornerstone of honor and unity.
Today, the Olympic tradition has spread worldwide to include over 200 countries, proving that the Olympic flame will continue burning bigger and brighter than ever.
The Olympic games would not be as renowned and celebrated as they are, however, without the participation of the athletes. What motivates these athletes to join this prestigious event that only happens once every 4 years? The reasons are as varied as the athletes and their respective events; among them you will find fame, fortune, pride, and honor for their country.
Here are the top 10 famous olympic quotes from people that have become part of the Olympics and continue to inspire new generations of athletes in today’s Olympic events:
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”
Pierre de Coubertin (founder of modern Olympic Games)
“I believe in God. He is the secret of my success. He gives people talent.”
Noureddine Morceli (Algerian athlete in the 1996 Summer Olympics)
“When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening any more.”
Florence Griffith Joyner (American athlete, 1988 Summer Olympics)
“The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.”
Peggy Fleming (American figure skater, 1968 Winter Olympics)
“The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.”
Dawn Fraser (Australian swimmer, 3-time winner of Olympic Games.)
“The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.”
Pierre de Coubertin
“There can be distractions, but if you're isolated from the heart of the Games, the Olympics become just another competition.”
Mary Lou Retton (American gymnast, 1984 Summer Olympic Games)
“To be part of that winning team and standing in the ring for the final decision to be announced is something I will live with for the rest of my life.”
Graham Cheney (Australian Boxer)
“It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication”.
Herb Elliott (Australian middle-distance Runner, world record holder in the 1.500 meter race (1958-67) and the mile race (1958-62)
“For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.”
Mary Lou Retton
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