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The Olympics are what I work for. They're why I spend so much time in the gym.
The Olympics were the most pressure I've ever felt.
Mitt Romney turned businesses around in the private sector. He saved the Winter Olympics.
Everybody in the Olympics is paid. Lindsay Vonn is going to make a million dollars whether she skis or not.
If the government announced that it was going to allocate a vast tranche of education funding purely to the pupils at the best public schools, there would be a national outcry - and yet this is precisely what the Olympics represents in terms of sports funding.
I started in law school in '71 and graduated in '74. So I was training for the Olympics, running or averaging around 20 miles a day and going to law school full time.
I'm going to keep living my life the way I've been living my life, and nothing is going to change that even if the Olympics are coming up.
I'm not supposed to be able to speak clearly, and decipher what's going on in the media. I'm supposed to be the typical amateur who's 22 and scared to death and can't believe he won the Olympics.
The Olympics meant everything to me. Going through them is like nothing else you will ever experience. For those few weeks, you are in another world. At that point, I couldn't see how there could ever be anything better.
Sugar Ray Leonard
You show up at the Olympics, and you're no longer you; you're an American Olympian. You're part of this greater whole, and the individual doesn't matter.
I love the Olympics.
My all-time favourite political promise - more a boast than a promise, really - came from former Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau, who said in the lead-up to the 1976 Olympics, 'The Olympics can no more lose money than a man can have a baby.'
Clearly, those of us women who play football wish that there was more coverage. But it's one of those things that happens. Every year the level is getting higher, and I think we surprise a lot of people when the world focuses its attention on the World Cup or the Olympics final.
Let's not forget that the Paralympics, just like the Olympics, are built on a rich history.
Of course, when you're training your whole life to get to the Olympics, you train for gold.
The Paralympics have for too long been considered the poor cousin of the Olympics. It's always run after the main games and rarely gets anything like the media coverage.
I have achieved a lot and I'm grateful for that - I'm just a bit greedy because I want to add the Olympics. It's once every four years - everyone wants it and very few people get it.
When synchronised swimming first appeared on TV, we laughed very heartily, and I, for one, applauded the decision to introduce humour into the Olympics.
The first question is always, 'We loved him on 'Dancing with the Stars,' we loved him in the Olympics, but can he speak English?' Yes I speak English. Yes, I can.
I think even if I was to go out there and win the Olympics, everyone's still going to remember the pre-race routine that I do and the video that went viral, so, y'know, that's alright for me.
Prior to the 1976 Olympics, I was a 5,000m runner.
Toward the end of the Olympics, you get physically tired and drained. And no matter how much rest you have, your body is tired.
The sentiment of those suggesting the Olympics and Paralympics be combined is no doubt well intentioned. But it also echoes the myth that disabled people want to be other than what we are - that we'd like nothing more than to be 'allowed in' with the able-bodied competitors.
The Olympics are a world apart from racing for a record. You put out of your mind pretty much what anyone else doing in the race.
The Olympics is the biggest competition for all athletes and an unforgettable event.
It sounds funny, but the 2008 Olympics were something that just kind of happened, and I was lucky they came at a point when I was uninjured and well prepared. As a gymnast, you can't ask for much more.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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