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Sometimes you have to resist working on your strengths in favour of your weaknesses. The decathlon requires a wide range of skills.
The decathlon includes ten separate events and they all matter. You can't work on just one of them.
It took me time to realize that the men who won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon are just men, just like me.
There's never going to be a decathlon that you're going to have 10 events that your satisfied with. You're always, always going to be dissatisfied in something, and that always draws you back to try to retry that the next time you do a decathlon. It's like you go for the perfect 10.
The whole decathlon is ridiculous, but the 1,500 meters is insanity.
I'm competitive. I like to compete, and that's basically what the decathlon lets me do.
Most people doing the decathlon these days are quite boring, so people don't relate to them.
The decathlon takes so long to learn that people who are good athletes don't want to go back to the beginning again.
And there is such a thing as a decathlon high. It's like a rock rolling down hill, picking up momentum. You get better and better.
To me, the decathlon is its own little society and I am part of that culture.
I got interested in decathlon because a coach that I had was a big fan of Bruce Jenner, and he just saw the ability in me - but when it came down to it, I knew my best chance at a college scholarship would be in track and field.
The thing I like about decathlon is also the thing I dislike: It's the maximum challenge, but also the maximum frustration.
The great thing about this is, and not to pump my own tires, but I feel like I'm not maximized yet. I feel like I can still run faster, jump higher, which I think makes it special. Hopefully, going to London, I'll be welcomed into the decathlon community.
When I lost my decathlon world record I took it like a man. I only cried for ten hours.
I don't think anyone chooses the decathlon as much as it chooses you.
I didn't even know what it was when I started. But I was lucky. I found it at 16. Most people don't discover decathlon until they're 21 or 22.
Before the decathlon I'm constantly trying to convince myself that I want to do this, that I want to take myself to that place where it's going to hurt and things are going to be tough. But that's like anything - you want to give your best.
During the decathlon, I always think only of the next event and my personal record.
I could be winning the decathlon in high school, which I've won twice, yet, if my dad is in the audience, 'Oh look! It's Anthony Quinn.' And I'm like, 'Hello? Kid just got a gold medal. Hello? I'm over here.'
If you're going to dedicate every second to winning the decathlon, what are you doing wasting your time in bed?
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
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