Girls playing sports is not about winning gold medals. It’s about self-esteem, learning to compete and learning how hard you have to work in order to achieve your goals.
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Olympian, U.S. track and field)
Too many times women try to be competitive with each other. We should help support each other, rather than try to be better than each other.
- Katarina Witt (Olympian, German figure skater)
You’ve got to look for tough competition. You’ve got to want to beat the best.
- Grete Waitz (Olympian/Norwegian marathon runner and former world record holder)
This ability to conquer oneself is no doubt the most precious of all things sports bestows.
- Olga Korbut (Olympian/Belarusian gymnast, gold & silver medalist)
If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything.
- Clara Hughes (Olympian/Canadian cyclist and speed skater, multiple medals)
Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.
- Mary Lou Retton (Olympian/gold medalist at 1984 Summer Games)
I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
- Mia Hamm (Olympian/gold medalist in women’s soccer)
Never put an age limit on your dreams.
- Dara Torres (Olympian/U.S. gold medalist in swimming)
When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.
- Florence Griffith Joyner (Olympian/gold medalist in athletics in 1988 and silver medalist in 1988 and 1984)
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
- Peggy Fleming (Olympian/gold medalist in figure skating in 1968)