12 Quotes from Olympians That Inspire Greatness

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It's that time again: The Olympics are here! Not only are the Olympics a time to show off your patriotism, but they're also a time to be awed and inspired by humankind. To help you get in the mood for the next couple weeks we're rounding up 12 quotes from some of the most incredible Olympians in history. 


1. "Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work." Andre Agassi (1996 gold medalist)

2. "Each of us has fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit." Mary Lou Retton (1984 gold medalist)

3. "You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get." Michael Phelps (23 time gold medalist)

4. "Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning. It makes you willing to jump through hoops, go through all the ups and downs and everything in between to reach your goal." Kerri Walsh (2004, 2008, 2012 gold medalist)

5. "I don't think you're human if you don't get nervous." Sidney Crosby (2010 gold medalist)

6. "You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there." Venus Williams (2000, 2008 gold medalist)

7. "If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail." Mark Spitz (9 time gold medalist)

8. "Never put an age limit on your dream." Dara Torres (12 time medalist)

9. "Don't ever let your memories be bigger than your dreams." Jim Craig (1980 gold medalist)

10. "Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us." Wilma Rudolph (3 time gold medalist)

11. "If you dream and allow yourself to dream, you can do anything." Clara Hughes (6 time medalist)

12. "There is a spark of greatness in everyone." David Hemery (1968 gold medalist)

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