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That's because the International Olympic Committee has a policy of never replacing medals.
Mary Lou Retton
For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.
Mary Lou Retton
The dynamic has really changed in the U.S. Americans believe they can be competitive, that they can win medals.
You know, me winning two gold medals, going for a third one, that's nice. But being there with Mark and my sister, and my brother being the coach, it's a dream come true. It's going to be awesome.
Heck, gold medals, what can you do with them?
The number of medals on an officer's breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line.
Charles Edward Montague
I'm a crack shot and I've won medals for shooting. But I don't think I could shoot a person.
Olympic medals are the one medal that I don't have; I've won just about every other competition that I've been at.
I'd rather get a nice warmup suit. That's something I can use. Gold medals just sit there. When I get old, maybe I could sell them if I need the money.
Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears and effort in the gym every day.
Honestly, it's not the medals that I feel so proud of. It's the way I conducted myself as an athlete, the hard work that I put forward.
I knew that life isn't always just about the Olympic gold medals and the sponsors.
Over the years, I've made many sacrifices to win two Olympic gold medals and put together winning streaks that will never be broken.
In the military I could exercise the power of being automatically respected because of the medals on my chest, not because I had done anything right at the moment to earn that respect. This is pretty nice. It's also a psychological trap that can stop one's growth and allow one to get away with just plain bad behavior.
I knew many Marines had done brave deeds that no one saw and for which they got no medals at all. I was having a very hard time carrying those medals and didn't have the insight or maturity to know what to do with my combination of guilt and pride.
But I'm after medals more than anything. Championships don't get taken away from you but records do, so I think I'd rather have medals at every championships rather than times. A world record would be a bonus, but I'm still only 25 in 17 days.
They don't give you gold medals for beating somebody. They give you gold medals for beating everybody.
I've been training super hard at the Lopez Taekwondo Academy in Houston, which belongs to my brother Jean. For me, I think confidence is the biggest thing; it's all mental. I train with the best of the best, including my brother Steven, a five-time world champion who won Olympic gold medals.
One of our ancestors came over on the Mayflower, and we had family in Jamestown as well... I was raised where service was a part of the fabric of life. It wasn't one-upmanship. No one bragged about their medals, but you could see the look in the eyes, the tip of the hat. You served your country first, then you went to work and had a family.
My big objective this season is to win three gold medals at the Olympics, in the road race, the time trial and the points race.
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