Aug 11, 2016
What could be more inspiring than a quote from an Olympic athlete? Hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears. And the reward? A champion’s medal and a place in history. Discover the words of wisdom that have helped keep them on track to reaching their dreams.
While there are high profile spats between the likes of Bolt and Gatlin, who wins in the war of words?
We’ve picked out two of our favourite motivational phrases from sporting legends Mark Spitz and David Hemery. Let us know which is the best inspirational quote for the opportunity to win an official Team GB T-shirt!
There’ll be a new quote battle on Twitter every day throughout the Olympics, meaning the more quote battles you vote in, the greater your chance to win!
So to vote, enter and be in it to win it right now, head over to our Twitter page this second and get quote voting!
Need a little more inspiration for your votes? Have a look at these 12 quotes from some of Olympia’s most renowned, cherished and accomplished athletes, to give your day that extra motivational boost!
“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” Mark Spitz, 9 times Gold Medal Winner for USA:
Swimming; Mexico 1968, Munich 1972.
“There is a spark of greatness in everyone.” David Hemery CBE, Gold Medal Winner for Great Britain:
Hurdles; Mexico 1968.
“Never leave winning to luck. #Hardwork” Nicola Adams MBE, Gold Medal WInner for Great Britain: Boxing; London 2012.
“It’s not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” Evander Holyfield, Bronze Medal Winner for USA:
Boxing; Los Angeles 1984.
“Hard days are the best because that's where champions are made.” Gabby Douglas, triple Gold Medal Winner:
Gymnastics; London 2012, Rio 2016
“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, twice Gold Medal Winner for USA:
Football; Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004.
Silver Medal Winner; Sydney 2000.
"If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win." Carl Lewis, 9 times Gold Medal Winner for USA:
Athletics; Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996.
“Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you're going to perform, you've already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.” Usain Bolt, 8 times Gold Medal Winner for Jamaica:
Athletics; Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016.
“I pushed hard, and in the end it finished as it's finished in my dreams." Heinrich Popow, Gold Medal Winner for Germany:
Athletics; Paralympic Games London 2012.
“Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle.“ Sanya Richards-Ross, 4 times Gold Medal Winner for USA:
Athletics; Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012.
“Sometimes when you get disappointment it makes you stronger.” David Rudisha, double Gold Medal Winner for Kenya:
Athletics; London 2012, Rio 2016
“I don't want to leave the sport saying I could have run faster. I just want to be tapped out, like I gave it my all.” Justin Gatlin, Gold Medal Winner for USA:
Athletics; Athens 2004.
Which of these quotes make you want to grab your trainers, jump on your bike or head for the pool? Which make you cringe? Have we missed the best? Get in touch on Facebook or Twitter now to let us know what motivates you to be the best that you can be.