Sport quotes


‘Adversity isn’t an obstacle that we need to get around in order to resume living our life. It’s part of our life’. Aimee Mullins, Paralympic athlete. 

Team cohesion: 

‘Talent wins
games; teamwork and intelligence wins championships’.Michael Jordan, basketball player. 


‘The more you believe in yourself, the faster you’re going to get’. Adam Peaty, British swimmer.


‘Imagination has a great deal to do with winning’. Mike Krzyzewski, basketball player and coach.

Mental training:

‘I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability’.Caitlyn Jenner, decathlete.

‘Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself’. Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter.

Controlling the controllables:

‘You can’t always control circumstances. However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response. Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better’. Tony Dungy, American Football player and coach.


‘I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.’Michael Jordan, basketball player.

‘If you only ever give 90% in training, then you will only ever give 90% when it matters’. Michael Owen, footballer. 

‘The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in life is not triumph, but the struggle’. Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympic Games. 


‘It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up’.Vince Lombardi, American football player and coach.

Sport as a learning vehicle: 

‘Life is meant to be a challenge, because challenges are what make you grow’. Manny Pacquiao, boxer.

‘You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy’.Arthur Ashe, tennis player.

‘Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play’.Mike Singletary, American football player and coach


 ‘To have success, first of all we have to believe that we can have it’.  Mireia Belmonte, swimmer. 

‘The secret is not on the legs, but in the courage of going running when it rains, is windy or snows’. Kilian Jornet, sky runner. 

 ‘The elevator to success is out of order; you have to climb the stairs little by little’.  Mireia Belmonte, swimmer. 

‘The good ones do not always win, those who fight win’. Diego Pablo Simeone, football coach. 


‘Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something’. Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido. 

‘What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it’. Dean Smith, basketball coach. 


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