Quotations on Athletes

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The street to obscurity is paved with athletes who can perform great feats before friendly crowds.
- George Allen, Sr.
(Keywords: Athletes, Crowds, Obscurity)

I want to be like the athletes who seem stuck in time. When you see them at 50, you say they probably can still run like a champ.
- Tyra Banks
(Keywords: Time, Athletes, Want)

That's the hard part about sport: as men we haven't started to be in our prime, but as athletes we are old people. I needed support. I lost trust and did stupid things.
- Boris Becker
(Keywords: Men, Trust, People, Athletes, Old, Support)

I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American.
- Larry Bird
(Keywords: African, Athletes, World)

In this culture, where entertainers and athletes wield such power, it seems only right to me that they try to make their influence a good one.
- Pat Boone
(Keywords: Power, Athletes, Culture, Influence, Right)

Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models.
- Bill Bradley
(Keywords: Sports, Athletes, Difficulty, Metaphor, Obstacles, Overcoming)

I have spoken with many former athletes, and they tell me the best time they had was in sports. I listen to them and use their experience in my career.
- Sergei Bubka
(Keywords: Experience, Time, Sports, Athletes, Career)

The bottom line is that these athletes tend to be safer investments because they really value their marketing opportunities. They don't make as much money as during their active careers.
- Dick Butkus
(Keywords: Money, Athletes, Careers, Marketing, Value)

One of the perks of being an actor is to get to meet athletes that you respect. Especially who played before my time. Brooks Robinson is one of those athletes; they just don't make them any nicer.
- Josh Charles
(Keywords: Time, Actor, Athletes, Being, Brooks, Respect)

I don't think there are really enough meetings in Britain for our athletes to compete properly, and because of this a lot of the talent we have has been stunted.
- Linford Christie
(Keywords: Talent, Athletes, Meetings)

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.
- Linford Christie
(Keywords: Life, Money, Athletes, Job, Pride, School, Today)

We have got to go out there and deliver, go on the streets and find athletes, improve facilities around the country and find coaches. We have got to go out there and search for a star.
- Linford Christie
(Keywords: Athletes, Coaches, Country)

For centuries, New York has served as the gateway for millions of people from all over the world in search of the American dream. It only makes sense that it would now serve as a gateway for the world's greatest athletes.
- Hillary Clinton
(Keywords: People, Dream, American, Athletes, Now, Sense, World)

The London Games will be designed for the athletes and we will provide them with the very best venues and the very best conditions to pursue their sporting dreams in London.
- Sebastian Coe
(Keywords: Dreams, Athletes, Games, London, Will)

The night before I compete, I like to have steak. Meat is especially important for female athletes because it provides them with the nutrients they need to perform at their best.
- Sasha Cohen
(Keywords: Athletes, Night)

I wish I had said 'some athletes here are competing unfairly.' It was my opinion, never an accusation.
- Bob Costas
(Keywords: Athletes, Opinion)

Someone who wants to write should make an effort to write a little something every day. Writing in this sense is the same as athletes who practice a sport every day to keep their skills honed.
- Anita Desai
(Keywords: Athletes, Day, Effort, Practice, Sense, Writing)

I worry when athletes are simply used by their universities to produce revenue, to make money for them, nothing to show at the back end. I grew up with a lot of players who had very, very tough lives after the ball started bouncing for them. And that's why I'm going to continue to fight.
- Arnie Duncan
(Keywords: Money, Athletes, End, Fight, Nothing, Worry)

Training of female athletes is so new that the limits of female possibility are still unknown.
- Katherine Dunn
(Keywords: Possibility, Athletes, Limits, Training)

I think there is a special bond between Carolina athletes. A lot of people seem to wear our gear because it is fashionable. They love the colors. It's Michael Jordan's school!
- Lorrie Fair
(Keywords: Love, People, Athletes, Colors)

I think exercise tests us in so many ways, our skills, our hearts, our ability to bounce back after setbacks. This is the inner beauty of sports and competition, and it can serve us all well as adult athletes.
- Peggy Fleming
(Keywords: Beauty, Sports, Ability, Athletes, Competition, Exercise, Tests)

It strikes me that these days, clubs don't even want players who can truly play any more; they just want athletes, quick guys who don't have a football brain, can just run and run; some of them, Jesus. I can never imagine acting like that.
- Robbie Fowler
(Keywords: Acting, Athletes, Football, Play, Quick, Want)

Universities exist to transmit knowledge and understanding of ideas and values to students not to provide entertainment for spectators or employment for athletes.
- Milton Friedman
(Keywords: Knowledge, Ideas, Values, Athletes, Entertainment, Students, Understanding)

Since I achieved something, running has exploded in my country. For me sometimes it is difficult even to know who the athletes are who are competing at the highest level. There are thousands.
- Haile Gebrselassie
(Keywords: Athletes, Country, Running)

Among the world elite there are a handful of athletes who are physically capable of winning it.
- Maurice Greene
(Keywords: Winning, Athletes, World)

I was so afraid that the athletes wouldn't talk to me because I'm a woman.
- Lisa Guerrero
(Keywords: Athletes, Talk, Woman)

The only reason we make good role models is because you guys look up to athletes and we can influence you in positive ways. But the real role models should be your parents and teachers!
- Dante Hall
(Keywords: Positive, Athletes, Influence, Parents, Reason)

Cyclists, I work with a number of cyclists. They are great athletes; they are great aerobic athletes. If you ask them to hit a baseball or golf ball, they can't do that.
- Eric Heiden
(Keywords: Work, Athletes, Baseball, Golf)

That's one of the reasons I moved to Florida. Of course, the main reason is the weather and the training. But there's more jealousy in Switzerland because it's so little and they don't have so many athletes.
- Martina Hingis
(Keywords: Athletes, Jealousy, Reason, Training, Weather)

American professional athletes are bilingual; they speak English and profanity.
- Gordie Howe
(Keywords: American, Athletes, English, Profanity)

I have a hard time believing athletes are overpriced. If an owner is losing money, give it up. It's a business. I have trouble figuring out why owners would stay in if they're losing money.
- Reggie Jackson
(Keywords: Money, Time, Business, Athletes, Losing, Trouble)

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day.
- Michael Jordan
(Keywords: Athletes, Day)

We want to make sure our athletes have a future once their athletics careers are over.
- Alberto Juantorena
(Keywords: Athletes, Careers, Future, Want)

We do not use managers, we are the representatives of our athletes, and that is why I am deeply involved in athletics, I follow our athletes careers from start to finish, 100% all the way.
- Alberto Juantorena
(Keywords: Athletes, Careers, Managers)

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
(Keywords: Athletes, Career, Longevity, Risk, Years)

I am always fighting inside the Council to get the message across that at each competition venue, we should send somebody to inspect and to make sure the athletes will be looked after in a correct manner.
- Alberto Juantorena
(Keywords: Athletes, Competition, Fighting, Will)

In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.
- Billie Jean King
(Keywords: Sports, Women, People, Athletes, Girls)

Food fighters in Japan think of themselves as athletes. They have a higher recognition of the game and are constantly thinking about records. I probably won't continue for long because it puts pressure on the body. But I am at the age where I can perform my best.
- Takeru Kobayashi
(Keywords: Age, Food, Athletes, Body, Pressure, Thinking)

They thought that athletes that worked out with my system wouldn't be able to throw a ball because they'd be too muscle bound. Those are the misconceptions I had to go through for about 40 years.
- Jack LaLanne
(Keywords: Thought, Athletes, Years)

Athletes who take to the classroom naturally or are encouraged to focus on grades should be able to do well in the classroom. I believe the reason you go to college is to get your degree. It's not a minor league or an audition for the pros.
- Rebecca Lobo
(Keywords: Athletes, Classroom, College, Focus, Reason)

No one will burn out doing aerobic running. It is too much anaerobic running, which the American scholastic athletic system tends to put young athletes through, that burns them out.
- Arthur Lydiard
(Keywords: American, Athletes, Running, Will)

Young people and Indian people need to know that we existed in the 20th Century. We need to know who our heroes are and to know what we have done and accomplished in this century other than what Olympic athletes Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills have done.
- Russell Means
(Keywords: People, Athletes, Heroes)

I feel sorry sometimes for these sportsmen and women who put in just as much effort as the footballers. For example, athletes train at least as hard as footballers but have to be happy if they can earn enough to finance a decent education.
- Angela Merkel
(Keywords: Education, Finance, Women, Athletes, Effort, Example)

We typically don't choose our athletes until about a month prior to the Games because anything can happen.
- Shannon Miller
(Keywords: Athletes, Games)

I had a great interest in sports. I had three older brothers who were great athletes. I was not.
- George J. Mitchell
(Keywords: Sports, Athletes, Brothers, Interest)

It was the baseball fantasy of a lifetime - to be able to sit on the bench with all those professional athletes. I got to take my son along because I wasn't sure I would be able to play with them.
- Matthew Modine
(Keywords: Son, Athletes, Baseball, Fantasy, Play)

My concentration level blocks out everything. Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.
- Edwin Moses
(Keywords: Athletes, Training)

I long for the days when athletes were revered. I want to see the romance return to sports, to see people enjoy the game purely for the game and the players.
- Mike Piazza
(Keywords: Sports, Romance, People, Athletes, Want)

Without a doubt, professional boxers are the most exploited athletes in our Nation.
- Charles W. Pickering
(Keywords: Athletes, Doubt, Nation)

Today, many fans are saddened and upset by the lack of integrity they see in professional boxing that has significantly weakened the sport - the most deplorable problem of which is the treatment of the sport's athletes.
- Charles W. Pickering
(Keywords: Athletes, Boxing, Fans, Integrity, Today, Treatment)



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