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We’ve collected the best Athlete Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Adam Rippon, Bernard Hopkins, Ethan Carter III, Johnny Weir, Vera Wang. Use them as an inspiration.

As an athlete, I know that I’m such a perfectionist that I’ll want to go out and keep working on something over and over until it’s perfect. Part of growing up is learning to take a step back.
When you get older, the first thing that starts to go is reflexes, and reflexes are important for any person, especially an athlete – to react to something in a time when something is going on, and you can’t be a second or two behind.
Being driven helps; if you look at any athlete or entertainer, they’re all going to come to times where, if it’s handed to you and it’s easy, then it’s not worth having, and it hasn’t been easy.
Ethan Carter III
I feel like at the Olympics I gave the best performance of my life and I wasn’t rewarded for that as an athlete. Yes, my fans and my mom were happy about it, but I didn’t win that gold medal.
The great thing about having a pool in L.A. is that I can use it year-round. And since I’ve always been an athlete, staying fit is very important.
Quality training is what I do now; before it was a combination of both quality and quantity. Now I’m not trying to be a world-class athlete, I don’t need to train at that level. It’s about being fit, fit for life.
I’m just looking to learn, grow, stay focused, and become a better fighter and a better athlete.
When I was playing I never wished I was doing anything else. I think being a professional athlete is the finest thing a man can do.
Bob Gibson
Here I am just trying to fund myself to play a sport, but the greater picture is that I’m a female athlete really pushing the envelope for women in sports.
As an actor, you have to maximize your time, because you don’t know what’s going to happen in your 50s and 60s and 70s. It’s like the career of an athlete: For many people, it ends at a certain point.
I believe that, as an athlete, how you got to the age of 42 makes a big difference. I have learned about my body; I haven‘t gone off only talent until I was 42.
When I first had my legs amputated, it was hard for me to be positive and feel pretty. Many people don’t know that someone with a disability can be strong and beautiful and successful as an athlete.
I kind of rode this weird line between athlete and artist. It was a little different because most of the athletes were total jocks, and most of the artists dressed in black and were kind of considered a little on the fringe. But I hung out with both crowds in my high school.
I’m continuing to prepare very well because I have my responsibility and my (pride) as a man and an athlete.
Dayron Robles
It’s a fine balance for an athlete in enjoying the moment and being really satisfied, say, with a run, and with your day, and knowing you can make it better in the future.
Ever since I was a little boy, I had my eyes set on being able to say I was a professional athlete. I worked hard every day to make sure that it became a possibility and sacrificed a lot for the game of football.
I was an only child of a father who loved me deeply, but we didn’t play catch, even though I was an athlete. We didn’t go fishing or hunting or any of the things I wanted to do. Why not? He just didn’t do that.
A college athlete is going to be competitive. You don’t get to that level if you’re not.
It was difficult to step away. I’ve always been an athlete. And to give that up was extremely daunting. The looming factor of brain damage, to me, was too strong.
The fans had become used to looking toward the scoreboard whenever a gymnast stuck a landing. You could tell they were thinking, ‘Was that good enough? Would the numbers read 10.00?’ The athlete was looking, too.
I’m signing on to be an athlete, and it’s almost like Karl Marx‘s theory on capitalism. I am both the worker and the product. I’m choosing to be a part of this system, thus I’m choosing to be part of the conditions that are set in this system.
Lawrence Jackson
As an athlete, there is no bigger compliment in my mind you can pay a guy when you say he can get the job done despite the obstacles he’ll face.
I’ve been a sports fan all my life, and like most other actors, I’m convinced I could have been a pro athlete if Hollywood hadn’t come calling.
One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete.
I think it’s ironic that I fell in love with a man I thought I would never be interested in because he’s an athlete. I was always, ‘An athlete? Heck no.’
I’m not a wushu champion. I was an athlete when I was a kid. I was a swimmer and a runner, but all this action stuff is such a challenge. It really, really is.
I think, as an athlete, you tend to be cautious of your body language and what you’re doing on the ice. That might be the only moment someone sees you.
Ronaldo is just an athlete. He works so hard and back to back; he is always there. But if you work hard, can you be like Messi? No, that’s impossible. Can you be like Ronaldo? Yes, to a certain extent.
I have done ‘Sports Illustrated,’ but I don’t regret it because it portrayed me in a positive way – as an athlete.
Mark Hunt is a formidable opponent, but his style gives Brock Lesnar the best chance to win. Mark Hunt may not be the best-skilled athlete, but when he gets in the ring, you’re going to get everything he’s got.
Support the athlete, encourage the team, help the coach. That’s what good track parents do.
The only way to really change perceptions, to break down barriers, break down homophobia, is through representation. That’s definitely not something I had as a kid. I never saw a gay athlete kissing their boyfriend at the Olympics. I think if I had, it would’ve made it easier for me.
Don’t walk through life just playing football. Don’t walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone’s life, that’s the ultimate vision, that’s the ultimate goalbottom line.
If you’re a professional athlete, and after the game, you’re eating at the same place that somebody in the audience is eating at? You’re making a mistake.
John Salley
I wanted to be an endurance athlete from a young age. I remember being in a careers class at school and saying I wanted to be a professional athlete and the teacher replying, ‘You’re not going to make it; it’s not possible.’
Every athlete at his peak is going to perform with a different mental cocktail. I thrive in the underdog, reserved, it’s-not-over-till-it’s-over mindset.
Kevin Jorgeson
Ruth was probably the greatest athlete to perform in any sport. Never has there been anybody like him.
George Steinbrenner
I’d love to have a lasting impact as far as growing the game. It would be cool to be remembered as a major champion. I’d like to be remembered as a great golfer but also a great person, as far as growing the game and charity work. The whole well-rounded athlete.
As a former college athlete, I know the importance of sports in the lives of women and girls, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join forces with NWSL and U.S. Soccer to ensure professional women athletes are elevated as the entire country can watch and be inspired by their strength and athleticism.
To me, breakfast is my most important meal. It’s often the meal you play a game on. I make sure I have oatmeal, milk, and fruit. It’s the fuel you use to hopefully do your best, so eating right is a big part of being a professional athlete. I wish I paid more attention to it earlier in my life.
I always wanted to be a professional athlete. I love my life.
Billy Horschel
It’s like being an athlete; you get into a certain shape where you really have the right wind, because it’s all to do with breath. Because singing and dancing at the same time is not easy!
A male athlete’s peak, I believe, should be somewhere between 26 and 30.
I played soccer. I was really known as an athlete. It was a shock to people that I was doing music. They thought it was really odd.
My mindset as an athlete and as a man is to accept what God is asking me to do and to live my life expressing God’s word.
I’m not just a model who plays volleyball, or a volleyball player who supports herself modeling. I’m a female athlete personality.
As a professional athlete, I believe that I need to explore my opportunities to the maximum, in order to excel and continue to play the best football I can.
Hidetoshi Nakata
The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful – my personal life suffers.
Eating vegetarian in the past would have been a really bad choice as an athlete. Impossible. Just being able to get the amount of protein in was a mission. You couldn’t be picky. I feel quite liberated by the fact that I can now quite recklessly choose vegetarian food.
I was an athlete. And I proved I didn’t win just because I was pretty. I was good, too.
I’m an athlete who took the sport to another level. I don’t get or ever got the respect from people.
There is no correlation between a childhood success and a professional athlete.
I am an athlete, and I focus more on the issues that concern me: training, perform, eat, sleep.
My son, he understands being an athlete and being a student-athlete and how important it is that those two things go hand in hand.
With wrestling, we’re still athletes. I train like we’re an athlete as opposed to a body builder. Some people still have that body-builder mentality. But not from me. I do a lot of agility work and stuff like that.
If we carry on filling up the calendar, we keep on pushing the athlete, we shorten the athletes longevity. The risk is to shorten a career that could have lasted 10 years because the athlete is burnt out.
Alberto Juantorena
The ESPYS are about appreciating moments in sports and not looking down on it because it’s maybe not your favorite athlete or your favorite team.
I’ve found that there’s a lot to invigorate in any country or destination – it’s all about how you look at it. I’ve never really had any difficulties anywhere I’ve been. As an athlete, I used to enjoy being on the road and meeting people.
Bob Beamon
If you talk about natural ability, I think Apollo‘s probably the most naturally gifted athlete of the new era.
At the end of the day, if you’re a professional athlete in track and field you are the CEO of your company.
All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations.
Michael Johnson
I can’t criticize an athlete if they say they’re injured.
Eating right is key. Every athlete is going to train hard and lift hard and all that, so what you eat can be the difference when you want to separate yourself. As an athlete, it’s really important to put healthy foods in your body.
An athlete must have ability to reach the top, but many who have ability and who do not live clean lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.
Major Taylor
It’s important as an athlete to know your body and how things affect it.
Having your competitiveness and your desire as an athlete called into question is, for sure, frustrating.
The ultimate dream of an athlete is to compete in the Olympics. For us athletes, that is the zenith. There is nothing beyond that.
I went through so many things personally, emotionally and mentally during that time off that I know that I’m better for it now and I think I’m a better athlete because of that.
Libby Trickett
Rosie knows how to play ball. She’s an athlete, for sure.
I’m still an athlete, I’m still a stockbroker, I’m still an actor. I think of it as more of an opening of new doors than an actual transition. I enjoy all of those things, which is why they remain a part of my life.
Because I am Olympic champion, everyone assumes I am this perfect athlete who should never lose. Every time I step in the ring, I am expected to win.
Let’s start with the athlete, Nike’s original and most important collaborator. To us, everything starts with the insight. That’s why we work with the deepest roster of athletes, to gain the most profound understanding of what’s needed to perform.
I do feel like since I am a third-generation wrestler, I do have to hold myself – and there are a lot of people that expect certain things out of me – I’m an athlete, and I’m a top athlete.
People still think I’m a bit of a buffoon – not really an athlete.
I have high expectations for myself – as an athlete, as a man, as an individual – and wrestling has helped me build a lot of character knowing that I have to remain humble but also fight complacency.
I wasn’t featured in NXT. I never had a TakeOver match. I never held a title. I wasn’t a featured athlete. I knew, going in to SmackDown Live, I had to kick down the door and take every opportunity for what it was, and sometimes in WWE – and in life – those opportunities don’t come back.
People assume that because I’m a great athlete, I can dance. But no. My rhythm is off a little bit.
As soon as I had a child, he became the priority. Now, I fit my training around him. I’ve changed as an athlete.
You’re a person a lot longer before and after you’re a professional athlete. People always say to me, ‘Your image is this, your image is that.’ Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person. That’s what I worry about.
Forty years ago the chances of journalists reporting – or the authorities even prosecuting – a pro athlete were practically nil.
Arthur Ashe had been the first black athlete to play Johannesburg at the time of apartheid.
Yannick Noah
I’ve been a Nike athlete since day one.
I think people would like to see Kurt Angle and myself get in there and perform with one another. I think he’s an amazing athlete, a talented wrestler, and it’s a match people probably don’t think that they’re going to see.
I wouldn’t take any of my injuries back; I feel like I’m stronger as an athlete because of all those setbacks.
Eloise Wellings
I don’t care what anybody says: a pro athlete is going to be a role model. I tried to use that as a positive influence, to let kids know we are regular people.
I’m an athlete – my legs were everything. I had no idea what my life would be like without them.
Acting isn’t like being an athlete. There’s no real quantifiable measure. It’s just a bunch of people feeling things.
I love what I do and I love being an athlete, but I also love all the things that have come with it.
The Commonwealth Games is an important benchmark in the whole career path of an athlete.
For every athlete, it is very important to be able to engage in their favorite thing, give all the best in training, performing in competitions, defending the honor of the motherland.
The Olympic Games are always in the head of every sports athlete. We work for that. The Olympics are the most important race. They’re each four years, and everybody wants to show their best performance.
Tina Maze
Brock Lesnar is the most unique athlete in this history of World Wrestling Entertainment, and I say that with without embellishment or exaggeration.
The Olympic Games are always in the head of every sports athlete. We work for that.
Tina Maze
I am much more of a geek than I am an athlete.
My first year of college was tough. I thought that just being an athlete I could get by. I thought I was okay until I got kicked out, which happened twice.
A combine is a series of athletic tasks that help a coaching staff measure an athlete’s ability to be competitive in a sport. A bobsled combine requires a sprint, broad jump, two-handed shot toss, and a back squat and power clean.
If I could change on thing about myself, I would: Have better knees. Mine are shot because of injuries. You’re only as good as your legs, whether you’re an athlete or an actor.
Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment.
Bobby Hull
It’s 2018, and being an openly gay man and an athlete, that is part of the face of America now.
I’m not an athlete, and I’m not a gymnast, but I’ve always loved any type of sport and fitness, and I love running Tough Mudder or Spartan races and anything that’s strength.
The IOC have decided Russia will pay them £50 million, and that is their punishment for 40 years of duping the world and going against every single clean athlete on earth. The IOC has fought a spectacular fraud with more fraud.
Bryan Fogel
Every action has a consequence. It may be good for strengthening. And I have no doubt that lifting a lot of weights can get you stronger. I just don’t know if lifting stronger weights can keep you healthy, or it can keep you doing your job better, especially for a pro athlete.
I am blessed with a reasonable athletic talent and was an athlete in school.
Think about what caused the injury and how it can be prevented next time; that way, you will become a smarter athlete and less likely to repeat the same mistakes.
Kevin R. Stone
I always tried to hide the fact that I was an athlete. I just wanted to be normal.
Lindsay Davenport
So while you’re an athlete, and you have that platform, what you want to be able to do is make it work for you as much as possible, because there’s going to be life after sports.
Stedman Graham
I got to meet Hulk Hogan. He took a liking to me because of my size. He saw that I was a good athlete and could move. He told me at the time, he says, ‘You got a big dollar sign in your forehead, kid,’ and I said, ‘Well, please show it to me, because I’m broke.’
The simplest, most impactful question that you can ask an athlete, or ask anyone, is ‘What do you want to accomplish? What’s your goal?’
I would say that one of the hardest things for an athlete, and really anybody of any profession, is that we create our identity in what we do.
I remember running at school sports day, and I would win everything, but I wasn’t a super athlete or a superstar at high school.
The selfish thing about an athlete is you always look at the side of things where you say I could’ve done that better.
I’ve always felt I should do things 100 percent or not do them. It’s all or nothing. That’s what makes me a good athlete – doing things with all the ‘ganas’ I can.
Sergio Garcia
I don’t think of myself as an explorer but as an athlete.
Ben Saunders
I am the Olympic, World, Commonwealth, and European champion now, and I hope that’s enough for people to accept that I am a half-decent British athlete.
I’ve come to expect more out of myself – as a citizen, as a man, as an athlete – to reach a better place, a place I’ve never been.
To win at Augusta and to win The Open Championship at St. Andrews, it’s hard to put it into words as a golfer, as an athlete, as a guy – I’m not rich in history, I can tell you that. I’m not a great historian.
I’d love to work with Charlotte Flair; she‘s the best athlete in our company.
I consider myself a really good racquetball player. I’m sure that I would get waxed by some actually good racquetball players, but I consider myself a pretty versatile athlete.
Just as an athlete must exercise his body to be a winner, a leader must exercise his position of authority. If he doesn’t, he loses that authority.
Female success stories from sporting events like the Olympic Games have played a role in shifting the Indian perception to see the female athlete as a hero and a role model for young Indian girls.
Life is about being a versatile athlete and training in all realms of life.
To me, when people say, ‘Oh, you’re a freak athlete,’ it’s bittersweet. It’s a huge compliment to say, ‘O.K., you have physical abilities that are kind of above and beyond.’ But at the same time, I feel like it diminishes the mental side of the game.
The life of a boxing athlete is short, so I don’t have time to waste or time to take tune-up fights or whatever.
I did not choose necessarily on the basis of significance. If you have a vote for the most significant athlete, then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth, then you have Michael Jordan.
Dick Schaap
If you don’t eat properly, it affects your energy level. You are an athlete when you’re onstage. You can’t get tired.
The CrossFit program is broad, general and inclusive, and most of all, the movements can be scaled down to any level of athlete. Just watch what I do with it on ‘The Biggest Loser.’
Bob Harper
I’m a golfer – not an athlete.
I strictly want to beat every opponent I face, whether it’s for a title or for a small show. The only thing for me is winning my fights and being the best athlete I can be.
Some of the occurrences leading up to and immediately following the Berlin World Championships have infringed not only my rights as an athlete but also my fundamental and human rights, including my rights to dignity and privacy.
I wanted to be a pro athlete. I knew that.
When I was a kid, I was always an athlete. I played a lot of sports. I played football, basketball, baseball and soccer.
I’m an athlete; my dad had made sure I played all the same sports as boys growing up, so I was always super competitive.
I used to be an athlete and even ran the 400 metre stretch for Tamil Nadu. I have always been active.
I think I want to show fans what it is actually like to be an athlete. Tennis is a part of it, but there is also another job that people are not aware of, the media commitments we have, and I want them to understand this.
You look at a Pete Rose to be the terrific athlete he is and then he falls on hard times, but when he played the game, I got something from the way he played the game because he hustled every play, and just because he had one mistake in his life, am I supposed to throw back everything that I gained from him?
To an extreme athlete, there’s a certain appeal to doing extreme things – seeking the most extreme physical challenges in some of the most extreme climates in the world. Testing and expanding the limits of human endurance is kind of my thing.
A master‘s is a lot more work than my first degree, but I’m an athlete who knows what she wants. I made up my mind, and I’m determined that this is what I’m going to do.
Have you seen any African American athlete that appeals to the urban market actually bring that market to the MMA?
It feels so good to be the World Athlete of the Year.
Genzebe Dibaba
I’m 33 years old; I’m getting old. Every year is different, and as an athlete, you’ve got to be honest with yourself.
I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a female athlete.
I trained with Olympics Athlete Jeanette Kwakye – who is amazing! And Shani Anderson, who is an excellent Olympic runner. We trained five times a week; running, circuits, weights, working out in the gym, and on the track. It was an insane time.
Tony knew me both as an athlete and as a person. He cared for me like a father.
Dennis Eckersley
I was an athlete in college, and Wall Street likes athletes because they’re very competitive people that are willing to do anything to win. So I got a job at Bear Stearns in the summer of 2007.
Being a pro athlete doesn’t mean you treat your body right, even though it’s so important to what you do. Being a runner and training for important races has taught me more about how to fuel than swimming ever did. I realize it’s a process and part of the commitment.
I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image, just like an athlete.
The PCB needs to be clear in its stance on players who have been involved in corruption and tarnishing the image of the country. Because playing for the national team is the highest honor for any athlete.
I started playing in ’98, but I got hooked by playing celebrity golf tournaments. Tiger had a lot to do with it – his passion, the way that he plays. He’s unique and different, and he inspired a lot of my passion. It’s a sport you can’t master. If you’re an athlete, you can do almost anything, but golf is not like that.
In climbing, sponsors typically support an athlete but provide very little direction, giving the climber free rein to follow his or her passion toward whatever is inspiring. It’s a wonderful freedom, in many ways similar to that of an artist who simply lives his life and creates whatever moves him.
When I look back, I am happy that my mum took me to the gymnastics club. I didn’t join gymnastics to become a famous athlete or celebrity; it just happened – I did more than I expected, of course.
If you’re an athlete in this game, you have to protect your own interests, and you have to protect your body and your family.
I was not an athlete, but I was a break-dancer. I was a beatboxer, an entertainer.
My favourite meal is penne carbonara – that’s good for an athlete, right?
I’ve said numerous times the hardest job in America isn’t being a professional athlete. It’s not being a matador or having some job that puts your life at risk. The hardest job in America is being black, because it’s the one thing you can’t outrun.
Over the last three years, UCLA has helped me grow as an athlete, a scholar, and a member of the community. I have made some mistakes along the way; however, I am grateful that I made those mistakes backed by such a supportive and positive university so that I could learn from them and better myself.
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.
Kyle Shewfelt
I have a real passion for children. I always wanted to teach and only became an athlete because my parents told my brother Parenthesis and me that we should use any God-given talent we had.
No other athlete in any sport has ever had to go through what I have to.
I just see myself as an athlete and a competitor, someone who just works really hard at trying to get better at golf.
I’ve been a pretty selfish mom and a very unselfish athlete for about three years now and it’s time to put my family first. It’s probably time to move on.
Melanie Roach
I would like to cite an instance which proves the efficacy of clean living on the part of an athlete coupled with the inspiration received from a champion which go a long way to making a champion.
Major Taylor
Everybody doesn’t get to do each and every film. I don’t compete with others; I compete with myself. I have been an athlete, a sportsperson; so I know how to be competitive in a healthy way.
I think every athlete has their window of opportunity, and you just have to jump on it. You never know when it can end. So I’m just trying to live large while I have the opportunity.
Cena is awesome on the mic. When it comes to wrestling in the ring and the technical aspect, I feel as if I blow him away. I feel like I’m more of an athlete.
As an athlete, you’d better laugh at yourself when you slip in the mud.
There’s nothing masculine about being competitive. There’s nothing masculine about trying to be the best at everything you do, nor is there anything wrong with it. I don’t know why a female athlete has to defend her femininity just because she chooses to play sports.
Rebecca Lobo
In 1981, I spoke at the Olympic Congress. I was scandalised that I was the first athlete to be given that chance. But I made the most of it.
My favorite was always whichever sport was in season. I think these days it’s almost saddening to see kids who are 10 or 11 and are forced to choose one sport and specialize in that sport and play that sport year-round. By playing different sports… you become a better all-around athlete.
Sam Bradford
The problem with being married to an athlete who is, like, 19 feet tall and can just eat, like, 17 burgers at 11 o’clock at night is, you’re like, ‘I’ll have just three of those burgers,’ and you think you’re being good because he had 19 and you had three!
The Rock is the Rock, you know? He’s the ultimate athlete, the professional man with precision. And you want precision from a 270-pound living, walking brick wall.
I respect Georges St. Pierre as a businessman and an athlete. I don’t have anything against him personally. But he’s not the kind of fighter I like watching.
I’m a huge fan of Conor McGregor, an incredible athlete. What he has done for MMA is phenomenal; he has been a great supporter of me.
I know a lot of people say, ‘You’re an athlete or actor… and you shouldn’t speak up.’ I think that makes no sense. No matter who you are, no matter what you do in the country, you’re a part of our democracy, and if you have a voice, you need to use it.
If athletes went to the races more and to the backside in the morning, I think more people would get involved because, as an athlete, we can relate to what the horses go through. Training routine, injuries, massages, etc.
Rashard Lewis
In reality, I’ve always been an actor – since I was a kid. I did theater growing up in New York. I was always in the plays in school. I was either going to be an actor or an athlete or a soldier. Those were kind of the three paths that I always kind of embarked on.
Zach McGowan
The doors fly open when you’re a professional athlete.
Ronda’s a natural athlete. Just learning a different rule set and bringing what she has from MMA would be the same: does her judo translate to MMA, will her MMA translate to pro wrestling? She’s been pretty successful one way, and I think she’ll be pretty successful the other way.
Not winning a title gives fuel to sportswriters and talking heads who question an athlete’s true value.
When you’re a pro athlete, life is very narcissistic – everything relates back to you and how you play. When you are getting out of pro sports, you suddenly have to get a little more mindful of what’s going on around you and how you affect the rest of the world.
I used to bring my sketchbook to gym class and doodle, because I am a very uncoordinated athlete.
I’m an athlete, so I can dress down with the best of them. I can throw on t-shirts and sweats with the best of them.
Madonna is an athlete; she has to be treated like a professional athlete. She doesn’t work out for six hours a day, though, like some of the press says. She never works out for more than two hours a day, and then only when she has the time.
Tracy Anderson
I think that becoming a successful rock band is a little like becoming a professional athlete. Nobody plans on it.
Passion and hunger are the two ingredients that I look for in first making the judgment on – whether an athlete, an assistant coach, or a horse trainer or anybody I do business with.
I added a new strength training regimen in my training, and I feel like I’ve become a much stronger, more dynamic athlete. That makes me much more dangerous against anyone.
I just do my work, try to do everything I can. I don’t weigh in all offseason. I just try to get better, be in better position, be an athlete.
What does being an athlete mean? It means I have to be a little selfish again. I have to put my career sort of ahead of everything else – and I don’t like doing that.
As an athlete, you only have so much time. The window only has so much time and then it closes. You have to take care of yourself the best you can.
Barry Bonds
There’s definitely a whole double standard. I don’t understand it. A guy can be sexy and good-looking, and it totally just enhances his credibility as an athlete.
Lolo Jones
My background is that of a competitive athlete and a fighter, and I’m bringing something totally different to ‘The Biggest Loser’ that wasn’t there before.
Cara Castronuova
Being an athlete in a cold-weather sport is really difficult to deal with the asthma.
Charlie White
Born on an island, I could swim before I could walk, thrown many times into swimming pools and warm transparent Caribbean waters: sink or swim, that was my first lesson. While I’m not a natural athlete, I’m still a strong swimmer and feel a great affinity with the sea.
Monique Roffey
You’re going to fail. It’s how you respond to that failure that kind of defines you as a person, as an athlete.
Vernon Wells
Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.
Bill Russell
I learned how to be an athlete. I learned the true art of resiliency and grit.
I’m an athlete, I’m a competitor, so whenever you have a loss, you feel it in your heart.
Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of all time, the greatest female athlete of all time, the greatest athlete of all time.
I don’t have any ill will towards any of my opponents. I understand we are the highest calibre of athlete in this sport, and we will both go and give it our all. But I don’t want anyone to misinterpret what I am saying: when we step into that octagon and we touch gloves, I am going to break his face.
Just like the athlete who has mapped out a plan to become one of the best athletes in the world by putting together a training program and executing it, he too should map out a financial plan from the beginning of his athletic career throughout every stage of his career.
With F1, it’s really a combination of many things. You have to have good endurance, good strength in certain muscles, you need to be fast, have good reactions and good decisions. It’s not as simple as one thing. You need to be a complete athlete.
I was the very first athlete in East Germany allowed to go professional.
I’ve always approached my career and my life, you know, one day at a time, as if this was the last day that I’m going, because you never know as an athlete and as a dancer. You never know what can happen today, tomorrow.
I’m not a great athlete that can play any sport. But one thing I could always do is… fight back.
As an athlete, the body can fail you. I know. The mind and your education will be there to keep carrying you.
It’s a completely different thing, but there’s so many things I learned from being an athlete that helped me in business. The only risk is not taking the risk. You’ve got to take that step.
Jaycie Phelps
The typical response from people when I tell them I’m diabetic is, ‘Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.’ You know, I’m not. I’m a better athlete because of diabetes rather than despite it. I’m more aware of my training, my fitness and more aware of nutrition. I’m more proactive about my health.
Down South, there was the old ‘ladies-don’t-do-such-things’ way of thinking. You couldn’t be a lady and a good athlete at the same time.
In high school and college, I was an athlete.
Josh Brolin is fascinating to watch because he is just so effortless. It’s like watching a really gifted athlete run, and I just didn’t have that.
Reflecting back on my career, I was not a talented athlete at all. I had no competitiveness naturally, and was full of anxiety and panic all the time – something that’s certainly not needed for shooting.
I had been cut from the basketball team every year. But I was like, ‘I can turn it around! Michael Jordan made it!’ You see it a lot of times – you’ll have an athlete that you love, and then they’ll be like, ‘I also want to rap,’ and you’re like, ‘Don’t do that.’ I was that kid.
I was the first athlete, from a training standpoint, with Adidas to have their own signature shoe.
Keyshawn Johnson
I’ve always been a pretty good athlete.
As a former competitive athlete and a mother to a daughter who is a D1 collegiate athlete, I staunchly oppose biological males in girls/women’s sports, locker rooms, and bathrooms.
I try to stay very true to the kind of person that I want to be and the kind of athlete and the kind of professional I continually strive to be.
As an athlete, there are advantages being with a team and getting regular physio.
I’m impassioned about injury prevention as an athlete.
I wasn’t good at the sciences; I wasn’t a good enough athlete. The only thing I could do was mow lawns. So I thought that writing or teaching was what I wanted to do.
Life is awesome as a college athlete, and then it’s a total cliff to jump off.
As far as match-ups are concerned, I feel pretty good about matching up with anybody. I’m sort of a hybrid wrestler. I’m extremely explosive; I’m a good athlete. I can move around.
Being the world’s greatest athlete just does not get it done on the golf course.
When you go to college, and you talk about your college experience, there’s a lot of revisionist history that goes along with it. You tend to think of yourself as, ‘Oh, I got all of the girls. I was the best athlete on the team. I was a straight-A student.’ And that’s probably not the case.
I don’t know whether it’s the athlete in me or the passion I have for the game: I always think that I can step back on the field and play.
For an athlete, there’s no time off… until it’s over.
As an athlete, you figure you work your whole life to have what you have, and to be able to show the world what you have and how proud you are of it, that’s always fun.
I think there is no better way to invite a human being to view their body differently than by inviting them to be an athlete, by revering one’s body as an instrument rather than just an ornament.
There shouldn’t be budget problems. There is so much money that goes untapped. If every athlete gave 5% of what they earned, there wouldn’t be any budget problems.
I don’t know if I have a brand. I just see myself as an athlete and a competitor, someone who just works really hard at trying to get better at golf. I guess I’m kind of the feel-good story who’s seen every level of professional golf.
I can always do five, five-minute rounds, any day, even if I was drinking yesterday or doing whatever. I’m a seasoned athlete, an endurance athlete, and I’m always working out.
It is not the time spent with the child at their activity that is going to produce the highest level athlete. It is in supporting the child in an organized activity – and Bill alluded to this – so the child can find what they truly like to do and let them go.
Every generation comes with a unique athlete, I don’t think anybody wants to be the next Nadia; they want to be themselves.
I’m from Minnesota and have always lived there. And my competitive career actually started in the late ’90s racing motocross, which then turned into racing snowmobiles professionally. I turned pro in 2003, racing with the best in the world and living my dream as a professional athlete.
At one point that’s all I cared about, being a pro athlete. But I realized I wasn’t athletic enough.
The ‘New York Daily News‘ called me the most reviled athlete ever in sports history in New York. I don’t listen to them.
Growing up, I was often put under a lot of pressure. Being an athlete, I’ve been dealing with pressure for a long time.
I consider myself an athlete. I train like an athlete, I eat like an athlete, I recover and get sore just like any other athlete.
In every school, more boys wanted to be remembered as a star athlete than as a brilliant student.
James S. Coleman
To chase an athlete that really doesn’t want to speak with you and when you finally get him, gives you three words and you have to write a story based on three words of information he gave you, that’s pretty tough.
My hands. I’m constantly working on my hands. I’m constantly working on my ground game and constantly trying not to get satisfied with where I’m at with my career and where I’m at as an athlete. I’m somewhat happy, but never satisfied.
All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations. Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.
Michael Johnson
I might not be a great athlete, but I think I’m a real good football player.
I wasn’t some stud athlete at school that was destined to be a professional wrestler. I was just an insecure little guy that didn’t want to go to school because I had zits on my upper lip.
My dad was a great athlete growing up, and he could never fulfill his dreams of playing professional baseball.
I’ve never felt that I was less of an athlete or not accomplished athletically because I didn’t win an Olympic medal. It’s definitely something I would have liked to have added to my resume, but at the same time I think I can look back at my athletic career and feel that I was one of the best.
Mary Decker
The person most qualified to tell the tale of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the man himself, as gifted an intellect as he is an athlete.
It’s frustrating sometimes: as an athlete, you’re thrust into the spotlight, and you know, I think this team has always done a really amazing job of understanding that we have this incredible platform; let’s do something good with it.
Precisely at the moment when an athletic career is most on the line and fan perceptions of a Herculean, supra-human performance are highest, an athlete’s brain may be at its most vulnerable.
Obviously, that’s the thing any athlete wants to be able to do, to take weaknesses and turn them into strengths.
I’m an African-American man with an Afro who isn’t your typical athlete – who wasn’t as masculine as other guys.
I have always thought of myself as an athlete – even at the ripe old age of 52.
Every athlete in the UFC, I think they want to fight for the title. I’m no different.
I do Athlete Devotion throughout all my fight camps. I am a Christian, so I fight with God first, and I have my devotions with me everywhere I go.
While I’m an athlete and while I’m fighting actively, I don’t intend to pursue a career in politics. What happens after that, we’ll see. But I don’t have an intention to do both at the same time.
I would encourage people to participate in sports. You don’t have to dream of being an Olympic or a professional athlete.
Like every other athlete, I always dreamt of playing at the Olympics, and it feels really good to see that dream materialize.
My biggest weakness as a endurance athlete has been in not drinking enough water after training, thereby racing sometimes while dehydrated.
Bill Rodgers
I disagree that an athlete can’t be intelligent. Some people think that, in basketball, we have a bunch of masculine adults who don’t know how to control themselves. They’re feeble-minded and can’t engage or articulate ideas. That’s a narrative they keep trying to paint.
The pro athlete is a sad tale. He signs a big contract and thinks he’s set for life. I didn’t think I was set for life, and I don’t now. As athletes, we are important, celebrities, in demand and rich. Then we are out of the game and we are not important, not celebrities, not in demand and not rich.
Fran Tarkenton
People want athletes to cater to their image of what an athlete should be, but they also want them to fail so they can feel like their screwups are all right. If I make a priority shift, I’ll make it because it’s best for me.
I’m a realist and I always have been. Quality training is what I do now; before it was a combination of both quality and quantity. Now I’m not trying to be a world-class athlete, I don’t need to train at that level. It’s about being fit, fit for life.
The conditioning and the lifestyle changes you have to make to remain a healthy athlete are what molded me into what I am today.
I am not someone who deserves to be dissected and analyzed like some tragic example of everything that can possibly go wrong for a professional athlete.
I remember being glued to the TV as I watched the Olympics as a kid. There was something so magical, almost otherworldly, about the Olympics. My favorite part was that moment right before it all started. The moment where the athlete would stand up ready to face whatever lay ahead.
When you reach a certain level, you live in a bubble when all you think, dream and breathe is becoming the best athlete in the world.
I don’t really take into account what the media says. People have their own opinions about what goes on, but they don’t see what goes on behind the scenes with an athlete and their preparation.
Sophie Pascoe
In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.
I am all athlete, and that’s important, that my looks have nothing to do with what I do in the WWE.
Gina Carano is a great athlete, and I’d be happy if she returns to MMA – doesn’t matter if it’s against Ronda.
I worked my whole life and dreamed my whole life of being a professional athlete.
I don’t run like any type of athlete.
Grant Gustin
With any kind of artistic thing, it’s a muscle, like any athlete, and the moment you’re not doing it, you lose all confidence. That’s why I’m terrible with down time.
I am the sort of athlete who participates in a lot of winter sports – basketball, for example, is an activity that I’ll spend many hours a week watching.
Growing up, you’d see Michael Jordan on everything from Gatorade to shoes – everything. Obviously, that’s something pretty cool for an athlete to aspire to.
I started running because my neighbour, Patrick Sang, was an athlete and I wanted to be just like him. Patrick came from the same village as I do and my mother used to be his teacher. I was so inspired by his success.
When you put the interest of a kid on money instead of heart then you’re destroying the beauty of our lives and our thought process, which should be about how much responsibilities you carry as an athlete and a citizen.
As an athlete, you choose your sport and are drawn into it but your passion should never be driven by fame and fortune but a desire to create something special that people will always remember.
Unlike the traditional athlete, I’ve got to do more than just engage in my sport to put food on the table. When I’m done running, it’s straight to the office.
There might have been a thousand people who had a better athletic feat than what I did. So for me, just the fact that they gave Canadian Athlete of the Year – and also, I was voted third in the Male Athlete of the Year – the fact that some people did consider what I did an athletic feat, that really makes me feel good.
When you’re an athlete and you play every day and are conditioning yourself every year, the aging is gradual.
It’s not my place to tell you whom to vote for, to take any political stand, to tell you what religion to believe in. I’m an athlete. I can influence certain things, but when I see other athletes and celebrities telling you whom to vote for, I actually get a bit offended.
As an athlete, you learn to keep pushing through the pain until the pain eventually becomes unbearable. Even then, you are told to continue.
You know raising a family in the lifestyle of a professional athlete can be very difficult.
Robin Yount
Things have changed so much, with Facebook and Twitter. Everyone is so much more accessible these days: no British athlete has ever experienced what we are experiencing now. It’s such a unique situation with the home Olympics.
When I was a kid, I had serious athlete’s foot and nosebleeds.
Ken Kercheval
Each great athlete must some day bow to that perennial old champion, Father Time, even as I, for Time eventually wins.
Major Taylor
I love doing a lot of cardio. It’s not so much for the way I look. It’s for how I perform. If I get in the ring with a 215-pounder, I wanna be able to keep up with him agility-wise. I take that back to my football days of being a large athlete that could move.
A lot of people thought you couldn’t be a top-level athlete as a vegan, but people like Mac Danzig and Jake Shields are proving that’s wrong. And it’s better for me as a performer.
There was no way we were going to let this band hobble around on three legs. We chose the route that every professional actor, athlete and musician should do – leave the legend intact and bow out at the top.
One minute you’re a developing athlete trying to get to the top, then the next minute you do well and win a medal somewhere, and then it’s all foisted on you. You never know when it’s going to happen. You don’t think about the media side of things when you’re a young athlete trying to do well.
I remember I wanted to be an athlete. I wanted to be in the NFL or NBA or something, and I don’t think I dreamed of being a benchwarmer. I’m sure I wanted to be the best. But I didn’t really ever think I was going to be a famous musician.
My stats don’t even need to be said, but I’ll say them anyway. I’m a 14-time champion. I’m a two-time Slammy award winner. I’ve done movies. I host my own show. How much more do you want in an athlete, in a star, than The Miz?
I am an athlete for Christ. That’s why I play for Him, to give Him glory, to thank Him for giving me the ability to play football.
I was an athlete when I was growing up.
Every NBA player, every athlete, I think once you get to this level in life, whether you have kids or you’re about to have kids, understands that this is so much bigger than this sport.
Allan Houston
I was just a normal athlete. My mother tried to spark something in me. She was an athlete in high school before she got pregnant with my older brother. She was 16, and that was it for her when it came to track and her education.
I became a process-oriented athlete; one who believed in giving it his best shot and not bothering about the outcome.
To be a top-class athlete, you have to train hard, you have to eat right, you have to get enough rest. I feel the way golf is going nowadays, you have to treat yourself as an athlete.
I remember making the all-star team in Little League when I was around 11 years old. I was not a great athlete, but I loved it, so making starting second base in the all-star was great for me. I think someone must have been sick and they slotted me in.
I’m a professional athlete – one who’s supposed to set examples – so whatever it is I put in my body, it’s up to me to take responsibility for it, and I have done that.
I’m so excited to be a Coppertone brand ambassador because as an athlete, taking care of my body is a huge part of my job, and sunscreen is a vital part of that.
I never in a million years thought I would be able to be a Paralympic athlete.
I can play basketball, run track, and play volleyball, so yeah, I’ve always been an athlete at heart.
I think it’s hilarious the way Obama is depicted post-presidency. He’s always kayaking or playing jai alai like he’s some retired athlete or something. Like he wasn’t doing the exact same thing everybody else was doing.
Life’s short, you know? Especially as an athlete. Your career is very short, and you use the opportunities that you have because you’re not going to have them again.
Athletics talent is more prominent in the villages than in the urban areas because the main factor determining the difference is hard work which is an integral part of an athlete’s training.
I don’t know if I’m a good kickball player; I know I’m a good athlete.
I have really good legs for jumping. I have terrible ankles for landing. I wasn’t as good fundamentally as John Stockton or Steve Nash, so I had to play like an athlete, in the air all the time, coming down in vulnerable positions.
For an athlete myself, it is especially meaningful for our country to host an Olympics. Every athlete hopes to participate in an Olympics, so I still can’t believe the games of dreams is going to take place in Korea.
If your body needs certain food, you have to give it to it. And as an athlete, if I’m doing 100 miles a week and working out, if I eat bad food one day, it’s not bad for me because I burn it off.
The life of an athlete does have to be lonely and you have to be focused on your craft and what you do. Loneliness is just a sacrifice you make as an Olympic-level athlete.
When you’re an athlete, you’ve got the horse blinders on pretty thick. Your exploration of other things in life tends to be limited because you have to have such a focus on what you’re doing. I wasn’t a good enough player to stray from that focus and still keep my ability.
The first time I walked into the Olympic athlete village seeing the Visa ATM machine with my picture on it and the Chinese characters saying ‘Destiny.’ For some reason, it just boosted my confidence and it was before I had even worked out or had my first training or competed.
Nastia Liukin
As an athlete, our platform is so high. A lot of people look up to us. So if they see us doing something positive, it can change the world.
Carl Yastrzemski was the best all-around player. He could run, throw and hit. He had the ability to play a number of different positions. He signed as a shortstop. He could play the outfield, of course, and third base and first, too. He was a tremendous athlete. Mickey Mantle was unbelievable, too.
Al Kaline
I want to be remembered as a great athlete. As a boxing champion.
Idi Amin
In wrestling, you’ve got to be an athlete. You can’t just be a body builder; you can’t just be this big strong guy who picks people up and throws them around. For longevity in the business, you got to keep your body fit and together.
I wouldn’t say I’m a phenomenon, just a great athlete.
I would say that one of the really special gifts about playing an athlete is that it’s the best motivation you’ll ever have to get in top shape and stay in top shape because you know that you’re going to be expected to deliver.
Holt McCallany
I’m slightly influenced by sport in that I like the idea of trying, like an athlete, to keep absolutely ready. That’s an emotional thing, almost. I don’t mean physically, although I play tennis. But you try to keep yourself ready.
I think the biggest thing is people forget that we’re these crazy athletes with these athlete bodies and stuff, but it’s just important to feed the other side of it, and if there’s a piece of cake there, have the piece of cake. You earned it. You only live once.
The holidays are important, but the path I’ve chosen doesn’t take that into consideration. I do what I can to enjoy them, but it’s one of the sacrifices of being an athlete.
Brittany Bowe
With Venus and Serena and their ascension – and you had a lot of kids that saw them and wanted to be like them – it’s like any sport, any major athlete, like Michael Jordan in basketball: everybody wanted to be like Mike.
I’m not just a footballer; I’m a top athlete, and we have to be at the top of our game.
I always said I wanted an Olympic medal. It’s the pinnacle of any athlete’s career.
Its a touchy subject, ’cause I never want to take it there, where it seems like it’s all about race. But I feel like that’s something that comes along with the territory of being a black quarterback. When you have success – ‘Oh, you’re a freak athlete.’ Not, ‘Oh, you’re a good quarterback.’
I didn’t train to make the Olympic team until 1968. I simply trained for the moment. I never even imagined I would be an Olympic athlete. It always seemed to evolve.
Dick Fosbury
Coos Bay is a sports-minded town. You had to be an athlete to be somebody.
Lets be honest: I’m an athlete, not an entertainer as much. So as an athlete, I am a guy who likes the physical confrontation of the football field. I like playing nose-guard; I like having two 350 pound guys trying to rip my head off.
I think the greatest all-around athlete ever was Jim Brown. He played lacrosse, basketball and ran track at Syracuse. He played professional football for the Browns.
Will McDonough
I like to push characters to extremes so they have to make really tough decisions and there is no life more extreme than that of an athlete.
Chris Cleave
I’m an athlete. I go out there and fight my heart out.
I’m training at Alliance because they encourage me, and they motivate me, and they try to build on my uniqueness as a fighter, as an athlete.
I was a horrible athlete.
I had a client who was a professional baseball player once, and he would go to clubs and dance for seven, eight, nine hours at a time. He wouldn’t drink, he wouldn’t take drugs – he just danced because he had so much physical energy; he was this amazing athlete.
You need to have explosive power. So you need to have good agility to move your feet quick and be in the right place at the right time. So you have to be an overall athlete: you need to be in shape to be able to throw.
I think there’s nothing sadder than a pro athlete who plays past his prime.
Lynn Samuels
When I was younger, I used to wrestle, and I feel that it contributed to my athletic ability because as a wrestler you have to be an all-encompassed athlete. You need stamina, strength, endurance and mental capacity. You also have to learn how to adapt in any situation.
You can’t control what the other athlete is going to do; you can’t control anything except for your competition and how you execute the race or how you execute the task.
Michael Johnson
I hate divers, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who might be the greatest athlete in the sport, but he’s a big baby. If things are going well he’s great, but when things are going badly it’s the ref’s fault, it’s his teammates‘ fault.
Most importantly, you have to stay true to yourself as well as those fans who made you who you are as an athlete.
I was a judo athlete, while taking modeling as my side job, before I eventually quit my professional sports career over a knee injury.
Joe Taslim
As an athlete, you’re brought up with that mentality that you finish everything you start. If you’re going to start a meal, you’re going to finish it until the plate is clean. I had to change that mentality to one of where, ‘I eat until I’m full and leave the rest.’
It is very dangerous to have your self-worth riding on your results as an athlete.
Jim Courier
I don’t want to say names, but there are certain companies I won’t work with because of previous people they’ve worked with. I don’t want to be put in the same category as another athlete that I don’t necessarily think is a good role model.
Success for an athlete follows many years of hard work and dedication.
Michael Diamond
To be the first British athlete to win a gold is amazing, but to win it in the U.K. is something else. Also, having my family here with me has made it extra special, and I know all my friends back home have been cheering me on and putting posters in their windows. I want to thank them all.
I love athletics. As an athlete, I like to believe I can still do the things I used to do when I was once young.
Dominique Dawes
When I’m in the gym, I’m in the gym, and that is my focus. But when I’m not in the gym, I’m enjoying being a mom and taking care of those responsibilities .. They really do provide me with the balance that I need to be a more complete athlete.
Melanie Roach
I’m a sports fan. I’m not just an athlete who plays football.
Reggie Bush
As an artist, as a brand, as a rapper, as a musician, you know you got a window and a lot of people, even an athlete; they don’t have no exit strategy. It’s just living in the false reality that it’s going to be like this forever.
I think every athlete should give back to schools. I know athletes donate and have things that they give charity to, but, at the end of the day, it’s the younger generation that we need to be helping.
I found the emotion that as an athlete you block out, and it really helped me to understand myself as a person. I’m a really emotional person and it helped make me a better person.
My parents themselves both went to university, and they very much expected me to be an intellectual and go through further education, and it’s to kind of their surprise that I became an athlete.
An athlete is not a robot, not a machine. Wellbeing of athletes is absolute necessary.
I always wanted to be a pro athlete. When I was younger I wanted to be the first person to be a pro at three different sports, but then realized how impossible that is. At 15 I stopped playing other sports and focused on tennis.
To stand up to worldwide competition, we need a very strong set-up at home that produces athletes right from the beginner‘s level and has the sustained back-up for the same athlete to finally go and win an Olympic medal.
I was always a thin kid; I was an athlete.
My background is as an athlete, and you know, we in the Marines, when we want something, we go after it.
Lacey Evans
First of all, I really never imagined myself being a professional athlete.
To have any doubt in your body is the biggest weakness an athlete can have. There are times when I physically can’t get myself to go for a skill because I’m thinking, ‘My knee hurts really bad.’
The greatest feeling of accomplishment for me is the fact that I was an athlete who was somewhat disabled.
As an athlete, I feel like I have a little bit of control – or a lot of control – of the situation. When you’re the in the stands, you have no control of the situation.
My first ‘Tonight Show‘ was just one of those things – I mean this seriously – a cosmic, meant-to-be coming together of circumstance. You walk out there to do your first ‘Tonight Show’: Is the audience going to be hot? Are you going to be on fire? It’s like an athlete: Are you going to have your moves at a peak?
Bisping is a clean athlete, and it comes down to whether you’re clean or not. I’m totally against the use of drugs and steroids in the UFC and any performance enhancing drugs. Shows a lot about someone’s mental state if they have to do that.
One of the most important aspects of an athlete’s financial life is that he needs to be personally responsible for his own finances.
I am an athlete first and foremost, and it is vital for my competitiveness, my well being, and for my preparations for events during the European summer that I measure my performance against other athletes.
Once upon a time, it was hard to decipher what was more difficult to stomach: the foolish, detrimental behavior of a professional athlete or the apologists disguised as their inner circle, eager to excuse the inexcusable. And then there came Allen Iverson, who didn’t make it difficult at all.
I will be a complete man, a complete athlete, with a fight with Roy Jones Jr.
It’s hard to understand the athlete’s lifestyle. You literally eat, sleep, train. You go to training camps in the winter where there is no Internet, you can’t make phone calls.
I think, in the U.S., we have such a focus on the physicality, on being the best athlete, that it sort of overshadows the football aspect of it.
Growing up as an athlete, I started skating very young. My parents didn’t know anything about the sport, so they went with the flow. I had two great coaches who gave great advice and gave guidelines for my parents. My parents let the coaches dictate what was going on on the ice.
Henry Cejudo is going to become the greatest combat athlete of all time, being an Olympic champ and a two-division champ in the UFC.
I don’t know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.
Al McGuire
I’ve been through every surgery that any athlete has ever been through, and I’ve prevailed through it.
Everyone has been injured, regardless of whether they’re an athlete or not.
The more time I was spending with the British team, the more of a laugh I was having with them. It’s clean, their way of cycling; it’s more about what you can produce as an athlete.
When you speak of role models, when we talk to our kids, everybody is a role model, everyone, just as you look at a Michael Jordan to be the terrific athlete he is.
If you look at all the sports in China, the government is extremely involved and they are extremely proud of their athlete.
I wasn’t in shape at all before I decided to do boxing. I wasn’t an athlete. Before boxing, I would go to the gym for a month and stop.
But now – look, I have to take care of myself. I work out every day. I’m a dancer. I’ve always been an athlete, and I’m one of those people who start to go crazy if they don’t run or do something.
I have been a professional dancer and athlete my entire life.
I’m a different athlete, I’m a different person.
Libby Trickett
Also, to be honest, my dad wanted me to be an athlete. And I think all sons want to prove something to their dad. So now, aged 35, I want to see what I can achieve physically.
Being a minority athlete in this sport, it’s been wrought with challenges, but I wouldn’t consider myself a trail blazer.
I’m definitely Australian and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been formed as an athlete in Australia.
Jessica Fox
I think being an athlete prepares you for more things than people give us credit for.
Eric Shanteau
He is very upbeat but we hear that all the time from just about any athlete.
Pat Cash
Being a lifelong athlete, I am a firm believer that I am who I am today because of sports. Not only did it give me structure and a solid foundation, but it gave me a sense of failure and how to overcome failure.
I’ve been an athlete and competitor my whole life, and there’s nothing more that I get off on than competition.
Obviously, you’re known for what you do. But you still want to be known as a good person. You’re a person a lot longer before and after you’re a professional athlete.
I was someone who was trying to make it into the world of glamour. On the other hand, Tiger has also been an athlete and a sports person. He is making his own choices instead of being under my shadow.
I admit, I don’t look like the athlete of the day’s supposed to look. My belly‘s just a little big, my heinie’s just a little big, but, brother, I am bad, and they know I’m bad.
Don’t live vicariously through your kids or try to shape them into who you wanted to be, like the popular kid or an athlete. Children should be given the opportunity to be themselves.
Johnny was an athlete who didn’t play sport. His first love was baseball, but he didn’t think he had it in him to be a professional.
Truthfully, this is how I approach my workout: I want to be the best athlete I can possibly be. If I can out-perform some of the better athletes then I’m happy. When I look at the NFL or the NBA, these guys look how I want to look – it’s useable, functional muscle.
We know that as a Christian athlete, people are watching, and so we want to be the best example we can be and show that we are different – that Christ has changed our lives.
Getting released in 2014 was the best thing that happened to me because I got to regain my focus, regain my pride, and come back as the best-conditioned athlete there is in WWE, which ultimately led me to become the single greatest WWE champion.
If you look at any superior athlete, you will find a strong parental influence. Parents introduce their children to a sport, and then they support them.
Being paid as a professional athlete didn’t change how hard I was working because I’m always going to do that, whether it’s the weight room or the film room.
One thing that drives me crazy is when people tell me that I sound good for an athlete. They be like, ‘You don’t sound like you from Harlem.’
Being in school is the best place to be if you are an athlete because you can structure your own time.
Traditionally, the treatment for a concussion has been to stare at a wall and wait for your brain to heal itself. Don’t watch TV, don’t read a book, don’t look at your phone, and definitely don’t train. It’s a torturous protocol for an athlete.
If I’m only defined by my sport, I really have failed. Yes, I’ve opened myself up for more criticism, but I’m a professional athlete. I get criticised every week. I’m used to it. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt, but you get used to it.
I’m a British citizen, and I’m incredibly proud to represent Great Britain. I’ve also represented Great Britain in the Olympics, so I’m definitely a British athlete.
No athlete ever ends his or her career the way you want to. We all want to play forever. But it doesn’t work that way. Accepting the end gracefully is part of being a professional athlete.
I approach my work still like an athlete. I have to go to the gym and run or ride the bike and work up a sweat. I need to still get my body right, and, in turn, that will make my mind right. That’s how I approach acting.
I’m obviously always interested in the dancer who’s an athlete and vice versa. I expect dancers to be in condition like an athlete is and to challenge themselves in the same way, to the same physical degree.
I want to compete in the next Olympics. If I go to Rio, it will be my third time, which is a rare feat for an Indian athlete. For me, Olympics is important because it’s the biggest event on earth for a sports person. I hope this time around I come back with a medal.
Every athlete wants to win an Olympic gold medal, and I’d be lying if I said that’s not what I wanted.
The U.S. Olympic spirit award is an award that is given to an athlete who embodies the Olympic spirit in more ways than just on the playing field, in showing incredible perseverance, in overcoming obstacles, and what we wanted to do is have everybody can vote on-line.
Brian Boitano
My father was an athlete, a great athlete, fought in the Marines in World War I. He was all sports and activity. My mother was all academics. I still have the complete works of Shakespeare that she had.
Growing up, I wasn’t an athlete or anything like that. The only place I felt like I belonged was in the theater.
I have my Grade 1 autobiography that says I’m going to the 2012 Olympic Games, and it has a picture of me on the podium. So, I’ve known my whole life. It’s not something I just thought of. I’ve known I would be an Olympic athlete; didn’t know what sport, but I drew myself in a judo gi.
Kelita Zupancic
I train my entire body to be strong. To be a professional athlete, we need every part to be strong – the core, the legs, arms.
There is one thing on which most athletes and experts seem to agree. If you want to be an elite athlete, good nutrition at a young age is an important place to start.
I really developed an early love for ballet. Like most dancers, I am still ‘first’ a dancer. I’m very proud of it. Once you are a dancer, the physicality never leaves you, nor does the strength. Hopefully, it keeps you like an athlete.
I was a huge athlete as a kid. I was on every sports team.
The rules that enabled me to compete first went into effect in 2003. They are known as the Stockholm consensus with the IOC, but I think even 10 years ago the world perhaps wasn’t ready for an athlete like myself – and perhaps it is not ready now.
Always, I seemed to just miss out. Why, I wasn’t even the most valuable senior athlete in my high school in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
John Matuszak
Let’s be honest: I’m an athlete, not an entertainer as much.
Even Sachin used to get ducks during his career. There are ups and downs in every athlete’s career.
I’ve become more of a climber now – who still keeps that time trial as strong as ever. It gives me such self-belief. I feel a different athlete.
We always spend more time on the throwing events and a little bit more on the long jump. They’re my weaker events – they don’t come as naturally to me as running and jumping. I like the hurdles and the high-jump, I’m a springy, speedy athlete so those suit me.
I used to pray that God would make me a great athlete, and He never did.
At the very beginning of my career, when I opened my business in Italy, I was also a ranked tennis player. I had won many tournaments. To be an athlete was my first choice. Second choice: designer. However! There was more money in being a designer at that time.
Oleg Cassini
As we all know, when you’re an athlete things are a little bit easier for you. It didn’t mean that what was going on inside my heart wasn’t a bit of a thunderstorm, but outwardly I got along ok. I was really shy in seventh grade.
Once you start worrying about a national football championship, then you begin to worry about getting the quality of athlete, and the numbers needed, to win a national championship. And that worry leads to pressure to compromise academic standards to admit those athletes.
You get older, and you want to be a professional athlete; you want to win on the biggest stage.
Beside the brand-ambassador elements of the modern racing driver, the evolution of the athlete has mandated that as drivers, we are very committed to fitness.
Holly Holm is a heck of an athlete and a heck of a fighter.
Thank you to everyone that has made me the athlete I am! God, family and friends, my competitors and supporters! You have all had a hand!
I don’t know about politics so much. I’m a professional athlete.
Maybe there’s a little girl who thinks she can be an Olympic athlete, and she sees all the things I struggled through to get here. Yeah, I didn’t walk away with a medal or run away with a medal, but I think there’s lessons to be learned when you win and lessons to be learned when you lose.
Lolo Jones
As an athlete, as a free agent, you owe it to yourself to explore your options.
I had started as an average athlete – a normal boy. It took me three years to win a race. I was glad that I endured those three years – that I did not give up.
Emil Zatopek
I was always an athlete; my grandfather and my dad are basketball players, and I played sports my whole life.
I want to prove to people who sit on a couch and don’t do anything but criticize other people that, if you’re a true athlete or martial artist, you’re not old until you can’t get up and walk around anymore.
I’m an athlete rep, so I’ll be available if they need me for anything.
With every passing week, I get an opportunity to improve my acting because I get to do it day in, day out. So a lot of times, I compare it to being a professional athlete.
I was a very good athlete: actually professional in the sport of handball.
I think the physicality of being an athlete or working out, it grounds you. It centers you.
As an athlete there are times in your career where, during a game, any decision you make seems to be the right one. The bowler bowls where you want, you don’t have to think and you are so ‘in the zone‘ that you are not aware of anything else around you.
I have no physical genius about me. I can’t dribble a ball and run at the same time, I can’t do lay-ups – I’m not an athlete. But my experience as a kid was, I was made fun of so much that what I did then, is, I wouldn’t participate. And I think I cheated myself out of a lot of fun.
Rich Mullins
People assuming that because I’m a great athlete, I can dance. But no. My rhythm is off a little bit.
I just wanted to be an athlete.
Merlin Olsen
When you reach that elite level, 90 percent is mental and 10 percent is physical. You are competing against yourself. Not against the other athlete.
Dick Fosbury
You can no longer just be a good sailor. You have to be an incredible athlete as well. Having said that, you can be a great athlete, the strongest guy in the world, but if you can’t anticipate and make decisions under stress and exhaustion and think ahead, then you won’t be able to cut it, either.
James Spithill
You need to become more than one type of athlete. You have to be a sprinter, a weight man and a distance guy all in one.
As a professional athlete, part of my job is to make sure I’m consuming high quality nutrients.
I didn’t want to be a dancer. I just did it to work my way through college. But I was always an athlete and gymnast, so it came naturally.
Gene Kelly
I am used to training 10 to 12 sessions a week, so I have the physical and mental endurance that comes with being an athlete.
Tanc Sade
The nearest approach I have ever seen to the symmetry of ancient sculpture was among the Arab tribes of Ethiopia. Our Saxon race can supply the athlete, but not the Apollo.
Injuries are psychologically so hard for an athlete because you don’t get to do what you love to do.
Being an athlete, you know how to train and prepare your body for a performance and you’re able to do it under pressure.
Every athlete acquires routines as a way to help control nerves.
If you can miss getting up in the morning and running into a wall, I miss playing football. I’ll never be a frustrated athlete.
Brian Bosworth
I had a job on college campus. I lost that job, but on my way home I heard an inner voice that said go out for the baseball team. I was a walk-on, and I was actually petrified as a walk-on because you’re not an athlete.
Lou Brock
I don’t think I’d be the wrestler or the athlete that I am today if I didn’t have some of the intergender matches that I have.
Dai Greene will be our greatest-ever Welsh athlete.
I’m very involved in Shred, constantly checking in on something. It takes a lot of time. But it has let me leverage who I am as an athlete into a product.
Ted Ligety
I’m a little worried because I’ve heard that Shaq has got, like, really fat. If he’s going to go into WrestleMania bigger than me, I’m going to lose my moniker as ‘The World’s Largest Athlete.’ I hope he is well. I hope he is healthy.
Kid Rock is a hell of an athlete.
The moment an athlete doesn’t train, things start to get a bit rusty.
I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I’ve played every sport, including soccer, baseball, softball, basketball.
Any top-level athlete, it’s always the same. There’s always that hint of arrogance there… It’s hard to be humble when you’re the best.
I think no athlete wants to end his career on an injury.
Jayson Williams
Acting is sort of an extension of childhood. You get to play all of these roles and have so much fun. Playing an athlete would be so cool. Or where you get to shoot guns, ride horses. I wouldn’t turn down any of that.
I try to take the approach that everyone really is an athlete at some level. I mean, we were all on the playground in the beginning. Some of us just stayed there.
An athlete’s diet is a complicated thing.
Both parents supported my becoming a world class athlete.
I think an athlete should be honest. I know it’s difficult, but if a guy knocked me on my can, I couldn’t very well say, I slipped.
A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.
When I go through the airport and see white women walking through the airport barefooted, like athlete’s feet don’t exist, there’s something wrong.
I guess I’m just not the film femme fatale type. I giggle too much. I have freckles and a turned-up nose, and I walk like an athlete.
Joan Caulfield
You can play professional lacrosse, but they make less than a teacher’s salary now. I always thought about that. And it’s a very difficult career, a short career, as a pro athlete.
Nash Grier
The truth is, I’ve been on a team my whole life. I’m the youngest of 7, so I’ve been training to be an athlete my whole life.
Homophobia in male sports is much stronger than in women’s sports; the locker room environment is a lot different. It’s going to be much more of a brave step, an earthshaking move, for a gay male athlete to come out.
As an athlete, it’s very important to have an open mind and to be willing to learn.
I grew up as an athlete doing judo, so I didn’t really have a conventional, feminine body type.
Given this platform of being an Olympic athlete, I think it’s really important that we stand up for what we believe in, and we speak out against things that we think are wrong and injust.
I am a well-spoken, educated person, and I’m also an extremely accomplished athlete. For me, it’s disrespect and a slap in the face when people say I broke a mold as champion or I don’t fit as champion.
Every few weeks, I’d really be worn down. The doctor said just take time off, but it became apparent that the exercise you need to be a top-level athlete brought the symptoms on.
Tucker Halpern
The concentration of the elite athlete is akin perhaps to the concentration of the writer.
My plant-based diet has opened up more doors to being an athlete. It’s a whole other level that I’m elevating to.
Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot.
I have to play baseball to make me happy. I have to be an athlete. But when it’s all said and done, I’ll be a normal father. A normal-type house man.
I’m an athlete. I’m not a big golf nerd in that aspect. I’m not big on the history.
The most important part of this is to prepare the athlete for life in general and then be able to compete.
Alberto Juantorena
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
Bill Shoemaker
The Olympics is about showing what you’ve done with your life, your dream as an athlete and sharing that with the world.
I used to go to some Harvard parties with my athlete friends, and they would introduce me as ‘Winona, the Indian activist.’ It made me uncomfortable. I felt like a novelty.
People assume that, as an NBA athlete, you can get access to any kind of sneaker you want, when in reality, it’s hard to get the exclusive releases or shoes from the past and feel confident they’re authentic.
Any athlete has massive reserves in their body and their emotional landscape.
Edoardo Ponti
You see a hockey player, you’d never know he’s a professional athlete. But you put the skates on him, and he becomes a beast.
Just having what’s important, to have people around you to support and take care of you. That’s the most important thing when you are a professional athlete.
My dad was a good athlete. My mom had longevity. There were some athletic genes that certainly got passed down.
Hale Irwin
Every Olympic athlete prepares differently. For me, I am 100 percent into the sport. And if I decide to really make a crucial career decision to say, ‘This is something I want to do,’ I want to leave no stone unturned in my preparation.
My father’s NFL dreams never really felt like motivation to me, but it was something to aspire to. He was such a great athlete, the least I could do is try and use my athletic talent to represent my country in a different way. He represented as a Marine. Maybe I could do something to represent as an athlete.
I like to think of myself as a pretty good athlete, I don’t think I’m a great sprinter, but 200, 400, maybe 800. I won’t say excel in them, but I’d do pretty good.
Grant Hill
I grew up an athlete, growing up in Pittsburgh. I played basketball. I played football. I played a little bit of baseball in my earlier years.
I want to know about what makes an athlete tick.
Lisa Guerrero
I am always available to share my experiences. I am happy to talk to people in Indian sports administration, maybe teach them a few things, and eventually help out an athlete. That would make me happiest.
Motherhood has changed me as a person. I’m much happier and very content with life. That can only transfer positively to the track. It will make me a better athlete.
As an athlete, I was never really comfortable with being a celebrity.
Michael Johnson
I guess I compete in everything I do, but it’s always good to get out and be active and find an outlet for all of that pent-up aggression you had as an athlete.
You know Rockhold is a very good athlete and great fighter. He is a champion in Strikeforce, in UFC.
I’m an athlete, so I’m very interested in making the sport as safe as possible – just for my own career longevity.
Ted Ligety
In front of the world, all of a sudden I’m a great athlete and I’m put into an environment with 25 other women and I’m expected to go to team meals, team functions.
Whether you’re working on becoming a more patient parent or you’re striving to become an elite athlete, building mental strength will help you reach your goals.
You don’t have to try to hurt people and be angry to be an athlete.
Everyone needs to move – if you’re a pro athlete, a contortionist, a computer programmer, or just somebody who wants to play with their kids.
My brother David was a great athlete and I knew there was no way I could live up to that.
I’m not your cookie-cutter athlete, and that scares people. People don’t know how to take that.
I would like to fight as hard as I possibly can in each and every game and win or lose, leave it at that, and move forward. I know in my heart that that is the mindset I need to be a successful and happy athlete.
As a professional athlete, the small print says there could be a trade at some point in your career. Sometimes expected, sometimes not. You have to be able to handle that.
When I was on the chubbier side, I thought that whatever God and whatever my body told me to be at that time, that’s what it was. I’d say I grew more of an understanding about my body probably around my senior year in high school. I understood my body physically as an athlete.
Wrestling, it’s all about playing with people’s emotions. You need to be better than just a great athlete; you need to be the best. At one time, I might have been. When I look back, I remember how much I enjoyed it.
I would always love to be an athlete, but it’s got to be a tough day when you have to hang up those cleats.
I’ve always looked at my career as an athlete would look at his. I won’t play forever. Some don’t know when to walk away, but the smart ones do.
I despise stereotypes. A gay man can be a macho athlete, or he can be an interior designer or any career in between.
I was a Division I college athlete, and I grew up with five brothers and two sisters. I’ve always been a competitor.
You can’t really describe how difficult it is to deal with. It is any athlete’s worst nightmare to be accused of cheating by taking drugs. It really is very difficult to put into words how it makes you feel.
Greg Rusedski
When I was in high school I was a super serious athlete. I wasn’t fun at all.
On days when I do not work, I am working on my image. I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image, just like an athlete.
Nick Aldis is a great champion. He looks like a professional athlete. He dresses like one. He carries it well.
I’m never going to be an athlete, never going to be running triathlons – I’m not that person.
You have to watch out because being an athlete and playing at the college level with the opportunity to go the NFL, you’re under the microscope and everybody’s watching. There are people that look up to us. So you have to watch out for what you do and who you’re around.
My father was just an amateur; my mother is not even an athlete herself.
I enjoy sports, and love being involved in any outdoor sport from volleyball to softball. I’m not being immodest when I say I’m a natural athlete.
Honestly, the only thing I loved when I was a kid was basketball. I was an athlete when I was a kid, and that was it.
I think being a rock star is a little bit different than being an athlete or even a movie star.
I was a big kid and a big athlete, but let’s be honest: I don’t know diddly about football.
If you got anything to you at all as an athlete and a competitor, you don’t care what the circumstances are. You still got competition.
With the responsibility of being a professional athlete, I believe that it is on us to go out there and help people.
Torrey Smith
A female professional athlete has to have the whole package, as opposed to a guy who can just be good at sport. You have to have a job or go to uni or do three sports instead of one, you have to be a standout.
My life was always different growing up. I mean, even before the show, my dad was who he is. He’s an Olympic athlete. And we were going to premieres, like ‘Finding Nemo’ premieres, and we would be little kids, like, before the show, walking down the red carpet.
On the court, Jason Collins is not a huge basketball star, but he has already claimed his place in civil rights history as the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major U.S. sports leagues.
Being a professional athlete, people respect the fact that I respect eSports professional gamers.
I’m an athlete in general.
An athlete gets paid a lot of money. And someone who is after that, a thief, a mugger or someone who steals from people, they are taking a chance with the law that if they get caught, they are going to jail or face some other problem. In my case, you are going to get shot.
Maybe I’m the kind of athlete who absorbs the atmosphere instead of trying to block it out.
I surfed until I was 18, and being the athlete that I am, I got really frustrated with how I wasn’t really getting any better.
I was a nerd academically. But I was also an athlete and a musician. I never wanted to be shut out of any situation. I think it was that more than anything.
I try not to be a typical athlete.
Baldwin gave expression to the longings of blacks in exalted prose. He was embraced, in the tradition of Negro Firsterism, even by those who never sat down with a book, as our preeminent literary spokesman, whether he liked it or not. Neither athlete nor entertainer, but nevertheless a star.
I’m an athlete; I’ve got an ego when stunt doubles have to come in. Not an ego like that, but when it comes to physical stuff, if I didn’t have to have a stunt double, I would always probably do it myself unless the producers were jumping in and stopping me.
As an athlete and as a woman, I get my confidence from playing sports because it shifts your focus from what your body looks like to what your body can do for you. That’s what we all should be doing. It shouldn’t be about looking perfect.
People don’t think an athlete nowadays can have a team-first mentality and I do.
I think I’ve gotten more attention after the Olympics than any other U.S. athlete, and it’s really great that people are recognizing who I am and what I do. You look at Shaq and you see a basketball player. You look at Tiger Woods and you see a golfer. But people are responding to who I am.
I found it tough to follow an athlete’s lifestyle. But soon, it became a part of my life, and I embraced it.
As an athlete, I used my speed, agility and quickness to go out and play against the big guys.
As a child, I wanted to be an athlete, a professional tennis player or something like that.
Being at school, being who I am, being an athlete, it was hard to find people like me. There’s not many athletes that can be at my level. That was kind of hard finding people who love something so much they want to keep on doing it.
Sally Pearson
I was an athlete growing up and I miss that. I miss hanging out with dudes and making raunchy jokes and telling stories, trading details, you know? There’s something I really miss about that.
I realized I love motivating and I love empowering and I love inspiring people. I did that as an athlete for 18 years, and I am able to do that as a motivational speaker now as well as doing work on television.
Dominique Dawes
I think I’m a born athlete. My coaches have told me my muscles and body structure are perfect for skating.
It’s in my blood to be an athlete, to be a hockey player.
Jack Hughes
Whether you’re an athlete or a student, having an adult who believes in you and can give you advice and wisdom that is coming from a place of experience is an incredible asset to help guide you through your young life.
I’m proud of the way I’ve dealt with setbacks. It’s hard when you feel down and you think, ‘Why is the world doing this to me?’ But you have to pick yourself up again. That’s what makes you a better athlete.
Before even Court Grip, I just wanted to be a part of a brand that I felt that listened to the athlete and really catered to the athlete, and gave us what we were looking for.
When I was running as an athlete, I’d be looking at my heart rate, monitoring when it started to peak, when it plateaued. I’d make a note of the oxygen debt in my body and would always be working to a specific time.
An athlete who tells you the training is always easy and always fun simply hasn’t been there. Goals can be elusive which makes the difficult journey all the more rewarding.
Alberto Salazar
Of course I want to look well and fit – and as an athlete, I want to look strong.
My thing about looking good is that it should be the character. If I’m playing a character who’s concerned about his body – an athlete, say – I’ll get in shape. If I’m playing a character who doesn’t or wouldn’t, I don’t. I almost never get in shape for a movie, even though I know it would be a good career move.
Aidan Quinn
You can do as much training, the hardest training, and you might get there and not perform how you wanted, not because of lack of training but maybe the pressure you are putting on yourself. That’s a major part of being a resilient athlete – it’s not just physical, it’s mental.
I would need a book to describe Jamal Miles. He can do it all. We line him up in the slot. We bring him into the backfield. We hand the ball to him. We send him in motion and get him the ball. He throws the football. He might be the best athlete I’ve ever been around in my life.
I am not competing to be an athlete. I make music.
I’ve done whatever it takes to prove I am a clean athlete.
Sun Yang
By being an athlete, I have uncovered so many other ways to express my beauty. Being a strong, fearless woman makes me feel beautiful. I love the way I look and feel when I am two hours into my training and my skin is glistening with sweat and my clothes are drenched because I have given it all I’ve got.
I’m not your average athlete. I’m good at other things. I’m not just a basketball player. I’m multi-talented.
Bobsledders are big athletes, and I’m a big athlete.
Since my sophomore year in high school, I knew I didn’t want to do anything but be a professional athlete. I knew when I got to college there was no way anybody was going to stop me from being an NFL player.
I loved DDT for the freedom; I was able to tell the wackiest and wildest of stories but also test myself as an athlete.
Whatever luck I had, I made. I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration and took the time necessary to learn karate and become world champion.
My biggest accomplishment has been making a transition from athlete to author.
I would have – I didn’t really have to be an athlete. I could have been, you know – worked in fast food, been a janitor, anything. I would have had two or three jobs, working long hours, you know, to support myself and for my family in the future. I would have been successful.
Even though I have bad qualities in my personal life, as an athlete, I can turn it on.
Shaquille O’Neal was probably my favorite athlete growing up. I loved how dominant and unstoppable he was, but also his charisma off the court. He was someone I gravitated toward.
Some of today’s athletes do not have that kind of pride. They left school at 16, have never had a job in their life and are getting Lottery funding, earning money as an athlete.
You need just as much drive to be a good businessman as you do to excel as an athlete.