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Inspirational Quotes from Olympians

How to build mental resilience - lessons from Olympian gold medallists

After a five year wait, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics begin tomorrow! For athletes, mindset is as important as physical fitness.

T21 Group has selected eight of the best quotes from Olympic winners who've taken gold at the games.

1.)"Winning doesn't always mean coming first. Winning means doing better than you've ever done before."

Bonnie Blair, US speed skater and five-time gold medallist

2.) "If you dream and allow yourself to dream, you can do anything."

Clara Hughes, Canadian cyclist and speed skater, gold medallist

3.) "The key is not the will to win. Everyone has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important."

Bob Knight, US coach of the the 1984 gold medal winning basketball team

4.) "Don't dream of winning, train for it."

Sir Mo Farrah, GB long distance runner, gold medallist

5.) "The only one who can tell you "you can't win" is you. And you don't have to listen!"

Jessica Ennis-Hill, UK athlete, gold medallist

6.) "We all have dreams. But in order to make our dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of dedication, self-discipline and effort."

Jesse Owens, US track and field athlete, gold medallist

7.) "It has been a long journey, but if you dream and have the ambition and want to work hard, then you can achieve."

Sir Mo Farrah, GB long distance runner, gold medallist

8.) "I'm the type of person that it doesn't get me down if I have a bad swim. I just get more motivated. I'm quite resilient that way."

Rebecca Adlington, GB swimmer, gold medallist


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