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Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.
Muhammad Ali
American Boxer and three times World Heavyweight Champion.

Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.
Roger Bannister
After becoming first person to break four-minute mile, 1952.

When I step onto the court, I don't have to think about anything. If I have a problem off the court, I find that after I play, my mind is clearer and I can come up with a better solution. It's like therapy. It relaxes me and allows me to solve problems.
Michael Jordan
American basketball player.

My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win....Channel your energy. Focus.
Carl Lewis
American athlete and winner 9 Olympic gold medals.

My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works.
Tiger Woods
American golfer, one of most successful of all time.

Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.
Bill Shankly
English soccer manager.

Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost.
Martina Navratilova
American tennis player.

Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Vince Lombardi
American football coach.

Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billy Jean King
American tennis player.

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.
Earl Warren
Chief Justice of the United States.

Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but not for delicate boys.
Oscar Wilde
Irish writer.

I'll let the racket do the talking.
John McEnroe
American tennis player.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Roy Keane
Irish soccer player and English football club manager.

When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget it is a competition.
Katarina Witt
German figure skater.

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
Muhammad Ali
American boxer.

Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.
Brazilian soccer player, considered possibly world's greatest.

Golf is a good walk spoiled.
Mark Twain

Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
Winston Churchill

If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.
Bob Hope

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali
American boxer.

The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity.
George Bernard Shaw

I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures.
Oscar Wilde
Irish writer.

I am a winner. I just didn't win today.
Greg Norman
Australian golf champion.

People don't win because they're physically stronger. It's because they're stronger between the ears.
Alex Shaffer
American alpine skier.

You work your whole life to try to be the best you can, even if it's for only one day or one week.
Lindsay Davenport
American tennis champion.

I never ran 1000 miles. I could never have done that. I ran one mile 1000 times.
Stu Mittleman
American ultra-distance runner.

If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they've won.
Mia Hamm
American World Cup Soccer champion.

Football is a mistake. It combines two of the worst things about American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
George Will
American journalist and author.

Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Vincent Lombardi
American NFL football coach.

I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
Shaquille O'Neal
American basketball player.

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth
American baseball great.

Men forget everything; women remember everything. That's why men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten what happened.
Rita Rudner

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
Jack Handey

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog!
Archie Griffin
American football player and two time Heisman Trophy winner.

Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals, acquiring the experience is a matter of time.
Greg LeMond
American champion cyclist and three times winner of Tour de France.

If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to girls' sports, such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such.
Homer Simpson

You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.
Joe Paterno
American football coach.

If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race it's up to you.
Dave Scott
American tri-athlete and six-time Ironman World Champion.

There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.
Pat Riley
NBA Basketball Coach.

Cricket is basically baseball on valium.
Robin Williams

It ain't over 'til it's over.
Yogi Berra
American baseball player.

I'll always be Number 1 to myself!
Moses Malone
American basketball player.

Sport is a preserver of health.
Greek 'father of medicine'.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi
American football coach.

This is really a lovely horse, I once rode her mother.
Ted Walsh
Irish horse racing commentator.

You have to have the mentality of executing your game when you don't feel like there's a lot of hope. I think the best feeling is when somebody pushes you to the limit and you dig down a little bit extra. By the same token, you also need a little luck. Sometimes they come together.
Andre Agassi
American tennis champion.

You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional.
Joe Paterno
American football coach.

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.
Ronnie Lott
American professional NFL player.

Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them!
Jimmy Demaret
American golfer.

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
Magic Johnson
American NBA basketball star.

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words, it is war minus the shooting... there are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators.
George Orwell
The Sporting Spirit.

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.
Tom Landry
American football player and coach.

Football doesn't build character, it reveals character!
Marv Levy
American NFL football coach.

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat.
Herschel Walker
American NFL football player.

Sometimes you're the pigeon, and sometimes you're the statue.
Bernie Bickerstaff
American NBA basketball coach.

To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
Tony Dorsett
American NFL football player.

I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.
Will Rogers
American actor.

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
Steve Garvey
America baseball player.

The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.
John Madden
American broadcaster, football coach and analyst.

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
Vince Lombardi
American football coach.

One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't do you any good.
Abe Lemons
American basketball coach.

Most games are lost, not won!
Casey Stengel
American baseball player and manager.

It's not whether you win or lose - but whether I win or lose!
Sandy Lyle
Scottish golfer.

A lifetime of training for just ten seconds!
Jesse Owens
American Olympic sprinting gold medalist.

I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles.
Sam Snead
American golfer.

An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
Emil Zatopek
Czechoslovakian runner and winner four Olympic gold medals.

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
Vince Lombardi
American NFL Coach.

Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas. But it's a wonderful game.
Queen Elizabeth II
To English soccer's Premier League Chairman David Richards.

Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.
Mia Hamm
American female soccer star.

My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play.
Tiger Woods
American golf champion.

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.
Robert Lynd
Irish Writer.

The more I practice, the luckier I get.
Gary Player
South African golfer, generally regarded as one of the greatest players.

If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.
Julius Erving
American basketball player.

So you wish to conquer in the Olympic games, my friend? And I too, by the Gods, and a fine thing it would be. But first mark the conditions and the consequences, and then set to work. You will have to put yourself under discipline; to eat by rule, to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed hour whether you like it or no, in cold and heat; to abstain from cold drinks and from wine at your will; in a word, to give yourself over to the trainer as to a physician. Then in the conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust, or to be severely thrashed, and, after all these things, to be defeated.
Greek Stoic philosopher.

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
George Bernard Shaw
Irish playwright.

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