Medal Quotes

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It takes about eight years to develop as an Olympic ath

It takes about eight years to develop as an Olympic athlete, very few athletes actually who go there win medal in their first Games.
The Olympics is a special event and winning is very important. For me as a world record holder and world champion, the only thing I am missing is the Olympic gold medal and that is what I want to achieve in my career.
You’re still a person with or without that gold medal. It just represents the hard work.
I was well under the spell of the old Gold Medal Crime novels when I wroteSavage Season,’ and I wanted to write a modern version of that. I had tried the same thing with ‘Cold in July,’ and I wanted to give it another go.
Every medal I have won is a story of a difficult struggle.
It is very humbling to receive the Fields Medal. The words of a Fields Medallist carry a lot of weight within mathematics – for instance, in framing future directions of researchwhich means that I have to watch what I say more carefully now!
The first time I won a medal at a female wrestling tournament, all of the other girls there had coaches and family members cheering them on. I went in alone, said nothing, wrestled three girls and beat three girls – convincingly.
I don’t know about you, but I lie awake nights worrying about Canadian uranium. I know these people. I grew up there. You have no idea what they’re capable of doing. If Sidney Crosby hadn’t scored that goal to win the Olympic gold medal, there’s no telling what might have ensued.
People say, ‘Wow, you’ve achieved it all this year: two world championship wins and an Olympic gold medal.’ And I think, ‘Yeah, but how come I feel so unsatisfied and under pressure all over again?’
I’ll spend time playing ‘Call of Duty‘ and ‘Medal of Honor.’
I am going to keep pushing myself and I would love to get an individual gold medal. That would be amazing.
Life has changed after Rio. Winning a silver medal was a huge moment for me. It has come with a lot of responsibilities.
My dream is to get gold medal both in the world championship and the Olympics.
Genzebe Dibaba
At the start of my two years at Juventus, I had big plans for the club, but it turned out that the Intertoto Cup was the only medal in my desk drawer when finally they told me to pack my bags. We started the first season really well, and Conte was so important for me.
Rome rankles. It will always. I missed a certain medal.
Women’s combat sports have been on a good run in the United States. Claressa Shields won a gold medal in women‘s boxing at the London Olympics in 2012, when it became a medal sport. American women won medals in taekwondo and judo as well.
Here were these college kids beating the Soviets and going on to the Olympic Gold Medal. To me, that’s the greatest upset of all time in any sport that I can think of.
Jim McKay
It’s an honor to be awarded the Liberty Medal.
To anyone who has started out on a long campaign believing that the gold medal was destined for him, the feeling when, all of a sudden, the medal has gone somewhere else is quite indescribable.
There are a lot of guys who play in the NBA. There aren’t a lot of guys who have a chance to win a gold medal, too.
James Harden
I made myself a little angry before beam. That’s the best way to do beam. It’s important to fuel yourself with some devastating things, but I also realized that if I daydream about doing well and having this silver medal, it’s more motivating than focusing on the negatives. So I learned to focus on the positive.
It would be nice to win a gold medal and then sit back and watch Mark win one, too.
It is a great feeling that I am the first Indian to win a gold medal in track event in world juniors.
A gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics is what I’m looking for. I have to pace my training in such a way that I’m at my best in Rio, and when I’m in form, no opponent can come in my way.
I was running track early in my years and I was breaking track records in sprint running. I was training and I wanted to be in the Olympics. I thought I was going to be able to win a gold medal, and my mind was pretty much set on ‘this is what I want to do’.
Rankings aren’t that important to me. I want a winners‘ medal.
While starving refugees in Homs were providing target practice for government snipers, Bashar al-Assad’s strongest international backer was in Sochi, at the Iceberg Skating Palace, visibly moved, smiling with deep satisfaction, as the Russians beautifully glided and leaped their way to the gold medal in the team event.
It means a lot to be an Olympian. I’m obviously so grateful and feel so lucky I was able to achieve my dream of winning an Olympic gold medal.
I got an Olympic medal.
Nobody loves the Boston Marathon as much as the people who make fun of it year after year. This was the race that previously offered as a prize a not particularly expensive medal, a laurel wreath, and a bowl of beef stew. This was the race that, on one memorable occasion, nobody knew who actually won.
And I really felt like I would regret never accomplishing my goals on the beach, or missing special moments with my kids, more than I would miss winning a third gold medal.
I won a silver medal. But really, I ended up running the fastest race of my life to become part of something that transcended the Games.
Peter Norman
I take a lot of pride in my first ’92 gold medal.
I want to compete in the next Olympics. If I go to Rio, it will be my third time, which is a rare feat for an Indian athlete. For me, Olympics is important because it’s the biggest event on earth for a sports person. I hope this time around I come back with a medal.
I’ve dominated past competitions, but I’ve sweated blood and tears for every medal. I take nothing for granted, and I’m fully focused on doing my best.
Every time I go on to the court, people expect me to get a medal. It is tough, and I can’t win always, but I still have to go out there and give my best.
You must understand that to get an Olympic medal is a huge achievement.
As the president put the Medal of Honor around my neck, I felt the history and the weight of a nation.
Whatever earnings I got from winning this silver medal, part will be used for my college education.
The silver medal is incredible, because we worked so hard for so many years. Sacrificing, absolutely demolishing our bodies for hours a day, 11 months a year, years on end.
An Olympic medal is much better than a world record, and so is a world championship or Commonwealth Games medal.
Chad le Clos
I wanted to win an Olympic medal for my country but because of circumstances, I had to become a professional wrestler. I will have fulfilled my dream if I can support even one kid who wins a medal for the country.
You have got to go through all of the opponents to get to the gold medal.
I had my Olympic gold medal cut up into eleven pieces. Gave all eleven of my kids a piece. It’ll come together again when they put me down.
Cricket pays well, so a lot of people are naturally drawn towards the game. But to carve a niche in non-cricket sports is not easy. So state governments need to be proactive. Indians need to be made aware of the power of an Olympic medal. It should be treated at par with an Oscars or a Nobel Prize.
Gagan Narang
Winning that gold medal in Sydney really did change my life.
Of course, I can’t wait until I get the medal and I can walk around the house and say, ‘Daddy, I got you.’
Your goal is to win a medal at the Olympics. The players who go into their second Olympics like me, know the agony of missing out on a medal.
One minute you’re a developing athlete trying to get to the top, then the next minute you do well and win a medal somewhere, and then it’s all foisted on you. You never know when it’s going to happen. You don’t think about the media side of things when you’re a young athlete trying to do well.
I always said I wanted an Olympic medal. It’s the pinnacle of any athlete’s career.
If I do something for my kids, I get a medal, because most fathers don’t.
London 2012 is all about winning a medal. Not just any medal, the gold medal.
At just 16 years old, I was told that my back would never be the same again. My well-being had been neglected for the opportunity to win a gold medal.
Going to the Olympics as a Maasai I want to make them proud because, after the warm welcome they gave me when I went back and being their leader, I want to also be the warrior in the Olympics. That will be something good because that will be the first Olympic gold medal for the Maasai.
As soon as we landed in Tokyo, that’s when I was like, OK. I really want to bring home a gold medal.’
I could be winning the decathlon in high school, which I’ve won twice, yet, if my dad is in the audience, ‘Oh look! It’s Anthony Quinn.’ And I’m like, ‘Hello? Kid just got a gold medal. Hello? I’m over here.’
Francesco Quinn
I’m extremely happy that I could win the gold medal. It’s a special moment in my career.
Ma Long
I’ve always looked at 2016, but 2020 is realistic for me. I’ll be 23 in 2016, but if I keep on progressing, hopefully 2016 will be a medal chance as well for me.
That’s what has always been good about track. The goal is very clearly defined: Try to win. Get the gold medal. And I’m able to put my energy toward that.
I showed everyone the medal and they said, ‘Ooh, I can’t believe how heavy it is,’ Sometimes they were more interested in the medal than in me. I was like, ‘Hey, what about me?’
Women’s marathoning was not added as an Olympic medal event until 1984 due to unfounded and bizarre concerns among Olympic organizers about women’s ability to run longer distances. It was finally added after much campaigning.
In 2016 I was fresh and raw and it was grit and determination which got me to the gold medal. Nobody really knew me and what I was capable of.
For any athlete growing up, the Olympics is the one thing you watch with your family, and it’s the one thing you dream about. Seeing your country’s flag go up as you get a gold medal is the best thing you can achieve.
Anthony Bourdain. He make the food, he make the world news. He know who is the real gold medal. He know what I can do. I know what he can do. He like the Jesus. He the best.
The saddest part of my career has been missing the Olympic medal by one-hundredth of a second.
I have a world championship medal from 2014, but I can’t find it. So I’m missing one. I think it’s at my sister‘s house. I have to find it.
I was still young when I missed Beijing. I was favourite to win a medal but I knew I had time. My coach advised me to stay at school and finish my exams. Even if I had gone and won the Olympics, I might not have handled the pressure. So I moved on.
Olympic medals are the one medal that I don’t have; I’ve won just about every other competition that I’ve been at.
Eric Shanteau
I definitely want to win a gold medal, that should be everybody’s goal.
Laura Wilkinson
If it were easy, everybody would have a gold medal, but they don’t.
Looking back, I’m almost happy I lost that fight. Just imagine if I would have come back to Germany with a victory. I had nothing to do with the Nazis, but they would have given me a medal. After the war I might have been considered a war criminal.
Max Schmeling
I believe Indian hockey itself is going through a major phase of transformation. We set our sight on winning the gold medal at the Asian Games. We have achieved that.
My kids love it. I thought I was the coolest dad in the world when I got to be in a Bond film, but ‘Harry Potter‘, too? Well, I think I qualify for a medal for exceptional parenting or something, don’t you?
I haven‘t let the gold medal out of my sight; it sleeps next to me in bed.
Magdalena Neuner
I always look back to my first Olympic medal in 2004 in Athens. I was very new to the sport, and it was my first big win at the Olympics.
I’ve won the African Cup, I’ve won an Olympic gold medal. That says everything.
After one Olympics, if we invest in sports and say we will get a gold medal in the next Olympic, it doesn’t work like that in sports. How it works is that you provide the infrastructure, provide education about nutrition and health.
I like to think that I probably have written more World War II music than anyone on the planet after all the ‘Medal of Honors’ and ‘Call of Duties.’
It has been a fantastic journey. I have gone to five Games, broke the Olympics record in 2004 in Athens and won a gold medal as well in Beijing. I have had a good run at the Olympics.
Don’t worry, everyone – I’m not going to be just this silly little idiot who thinks he’s ‘it,’ who has been to the Olympics, won a gold medal and come back thinking he’s ‘it.’ That isn’t me, trust me.
One thing I learned from the ’88 Olympics: It’s not a question of if they can screw you over: it’s a question of if they will. It’s not the gold medal they took away from me. The medal doesn’t mean anything. It’s that they said I lost. That experience is well and alive in my mind.
You have to lose to win a silver medal, so that’s always the tough thing to wrap your head around.
It’s really cool. I don’t know how many people in the world have a silver medal. Maybe a thousand?
The only medal that I am certain I deserved is the Purple Heart.
Bob Kerrey
One medal. One shot. One lap. Eight riders. No lanes. No right of way. Just go.
WikiLeaks is a service to the population. Assange should get an award for – presidential medal of honor.
When it actually came to everyone clamoring to see the medal and talking about the experience, I began to feel empty inside. I started to feel that this piece of metal was worth more than I was as a person, and I think this began a spiral for me.
I slept with my gold medal.
I never believed that India could win a medal in badminton because the competition is so tough.
Winning the 400 meters gold at the pre-Olympics gave me a little confidence. I thought I could win a medal if I tried.
This gold medal, to me, is a very good outcome from the many years I’ve spent on my professional career.
Ma Long
Even though I’ve won numerous titles and an Olympic gold medal, there are still so many faults in my performance that I can honestly hardly bear to watch the videos back.
Everything I do is for a gold medal for this country.
I think javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has a good chance of winning a medal at the Paris Olympics.
Bringing a medal for the country is the biggest achievement, and that is why I am very happy.
What I’m going to be given I gather is not the key to the city, which in many cities is the case. It’s the freedom medal, and for me freedom has always been associated traditionally within the city.
George Woodcock
I’m just really happy. Really satisfied with my whole medal collection.
Nino Schurter
Life has changed both on and off the court after the Rio Olympics medal. I have a lot of confidence on the court now and feel anything is possible. I also feel that I have improved my game. Off the court, I do get recognised more now.
All that work you put in, it’s so worth it to win a medal.
Before going to the L.A. Olympics, I had participated in only two competitions in 400m hurdles. Yet I came close to a medal. So if your mind is strong, you can achieve anything.
I’m going to win a gold medal.
Actually, I always dreamed about getting a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle in Olympic swimming. I always thought that would be the epic award in sports to get.
Chris Klein
It doesn’t matter who other people are saying the favourite is; I’m still going in to win the gold medal.
There was a lot of politics going on, and Ireland were denied an Olympic gold medal in 2008.
When you’re expected to win and you have the press saying that you are going to win the Olympic gold medal, and you’re the only sure thing in the Olympics, it can undermine your confidence.
And it wasn’t so much the medal, it was stepping out of the ramp during the Opening Ceremony. Man, I took a step back and realized I made it. That was huge.
Joe Frazier’s life didn’t start with Ali. I was a Golden Gloves champ. Gold medal in Tokyo ’64. Heavyweight champion of the world long before I fought Ali in the Garden.
I was telling somebody the other day that I have had five semi-finals with South Africa and never got to a final. I got to one final with Pakistan and eventually got a medal!
I’m actually sort of shocked that I was able to get a medal in 2014 and really have any of the success I had before because as soon as I came out, it was like a whole new world for me, and I felt so free, so confident, that it’s actually shocking that I was able to compete any other way.
My salvation was a free gift. I didn’t have to work for it and it’s better than any gold medal that I’ve ever won.
Betty Cuthbert
At Oracle, silver medal is first loser.
Receiving the National Medal of Science is the thrill of a lifetime, but good science does not happen in isolation.
Every athlete wants to win an Olympic gold medal, and I’d be lying if I said that’s not what I wanted.
Getting to the Olympic Games was my gold medal.
This medal goes to show that you don’t always have to have the best facilities, the best organisation, the best of everything to achieve.
I’m looking towards that Olympic medal and that Olympic gold and what it’s going to take to get there.
I knew if I went home with the gold medal knowing that I could do better, I wasn’t going to be very satisfied.
I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal. Sorry, that’s not what I am about. I wouldn’t be happy with that.
It has always been a dream to win either the Olympic gold medal or the World Cup.
My relationship with Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is very clear: respect. We met a couple of times; once I received a medal from him. I respect hugely how he brought Russia back from its knees.
I hope I can compete in one or two Olympics in my career. Of course I would like to win a medal, but just being there would be awesome.
You have to beat the king to be the king. No one is going to hand you a gold medal.
Once ‘Walk Two Moons’ received the Newbery Medal, I decided to write full-time. Partly because there seemed to be an audience out there who wanted to read what I wanted to write, and partly because I could now support myself financially through writing.
Sharon Creech
If you win even one tournament or medal, people can think they have become big.
Anyone would love to have the medal and a major trophy on their CV. When you reach Wembley, you think of the amount of hours you have put in training throughout your life, all the games you have played up to that point, and if you win a trophy, it is there forever as a reward.
As long as I get a medal, I’m okay with sharing it.
Derek Drouin
I wasn’t really expecting me to win the gold in this race. To get another medal for myself and for the U.S. was a pretty good thing to happen, I’d say.
Bonnie Blair
I wasn’t expecting two seconds of me on the medal stand to go viral after the Olympics. I came back to my room after the medal ceremony, and my dad said this picture of me doing a face I don’t even remember making is blowing up.
McKayla Maroney
Getting the Games for London has been the fulfilment of a dream. It is one which I truly believe can change the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people for the better. But in the end, nothing can quite compare with winning your first Olympic gold medal.
The title ‘black swimmermakes it seem like I am not supposed to be able to win a gold medal, I am not supposed to be able to break the Olympic record, and that is not true, as I work as hard as anybody else, and I love the sport, and I want to win, just like everybody else.
Simone Manuel
I love ‘Call of Duty;’ I’m a huge fan, but I started off with ‘Medal of Honor’ and I stuck with what I knew. I never got into the online play with people, across the world, across the country.
Mehcad Brooks
Who wouldn’t be thankful for another medal?
I hate it. I resent it. I refuse to tell anybody that I am a Medal of Honor recipient. I hate it.
I certainly wouldn’t be a dental hygienist – they should get the Medal of Honor just to look at people’s gums.
My children can really understand the Olympic Games, To have a medal is very, very special.
Winning that gold medal at the Olympics is something I’ll never forget.
It’s like a dream for me, participating in the Olympics, it’s so important for my career and I hope to win the gold medal here.
Everybody has to deal with tough times. A gold medal doesn’t make you immune to that. A skater is used to falling down and getting up again.
I basically have my life today as a result of what I did as a child. What did I miss out on? Yeah, I missed not hanging out at shopping malls, I guess, but that is not a big deal because you don’t get a medal for that.
There’s no shame in a bronze medal. I used to think that, and I’m so ashamed of thinking that because there’s so much joy and hard work and love in this.
Kerri Walsh Jennings
I remember before the Olympics, I was asked, ‘What do you think you’re going to do in the Olympics?’ and I said, ‘I’m hoping I’m going to win a medal, and, if possible, it’s going to be a gold one.’
You don’t get any medal for trying something, you get medals for results.
Up until Beijing where I had my greatest victory, I had trained for 16 years of life with a singular goal and singular obsession that I wanted to win gold medal at the Olympics.
I ran 10k once. I’ve got a medal.
To win a gold medal at Olympic Games has long been my dream ever since I started my career as a table tennis player.
Ma Long
Nobody strikes a medal for the Royal Military Canal campaign any more, but a pint in the back bar of the ancient Mermaid Inn, perched in front of one of the biggest and oldest inglenooks you’re ever likely to see, is its own reward.
It’s painful to see that after Independence, India hasn’t won a single Olympic medal in athletics.
If it doesn’t mean more to a normal human being like Dan Evans, who could change his life and career by winning not a gold but a bronze medal for Great Britain, if he doesn’t want to take that chance, I would say something is wrong with the Olympics in what it’s worth in tennis.
10,000 athletes go and compete at an Olympic Games, only 300 go back with a gold medal, the number is very, very less.
A gold medal at the Olympics is hard to top.
I have some great memories from the Olympics I also have some tough memories from it as well, where I was so close to winning a gold medal.
I was able to represent my country and put on the red, white, and blue – how many people in the world get to do that? Standing on the podium with my teammates, and being the first women’s gymnastics team to win this gold medal, it was life-changing!
It’s funny, when guests come over to the house, they want to see my gold medal first and my U.S. Open trophy second.
Our big hope is to get to the Olympics and win the first beach volleyball gold medal – if we can make it.
To win a joint gold medal with my brother – that’s the dream, to cross the line together.
An Olympic medal in athletics is still a dream for India. Milkha Singh is the torchbearer for young athletes to achieve that goal.
I’m glad to be partnered with Orgullosa because I feel that now that I’m able to win a gold medal at the Olympics, win a silver medal, I feel little girls will be able to look up to me, and Hispanics will kind of rise a little more.
Winning a gold medal means you’re the best in the world at that time.
It would mean a lot, but it’s weird, because what’s the title? It’s an extra line on your Wikipedia page and a medal that says you won on that particular night. It obviously symbolizes more than that, but those are the things people think about.
After getting a gold medal I could celebrate but also was trying to keep the emotions at bay.
From Clara Barton’s tireless work founding the American Red Cross to the first female Medal of Honor winner, Dr. Mary Walker, to our first female combat fighter pilot Lt. Kara Hultgreen, no list of American heroes is complete without the names of some of these extraordinary women.
Brian Kilmeade
The greatest memory for me of the 1984 Olympics was not the individual honors, but standing on the podium with my teammates to receive our team gold medal.
Mitch Gaylord
I never won a Vezina Trophy until I won the Olympic gold medal.
My only aim is to win an Olympic medal.
A gold medal is a goal and something that we’ve never done before as the United States indoor women’s volleyball team.
To have this gold medal around my neck is an indescribable feeling. I’m the happiest person right now.
Jordyn Wieber
My goal is to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, and I’ll fight and continue going until I do that.
Troy Dumais
My dream is to see an Indian with a gold medal in athletics in the Olympics.
At the end of the day, it’s my choice to do the lap. At the end of the day, it was my choice not to be nominated for the Madden medal. I had my last football responsibility as the club Best and Fairest and that’s what I was looking for.
If there was an Oppression Olympics, I would win the gold medal. I’m Palestinian, Muslim, I’m female, I’m disabled, and I live in New Jersey.
It’s kind of like I won a gold medal with my family.
So I went in front of the judge, and I had my St. Jude prayer book in my pocket and my St. Jude medal. And I’m standing there and that judge said I was found guilty, so he sentenced me to what the law prescribed: one to 14 years.
It’s about never giving up until your hand is on the wall. I think people who get complacent, who think that they are in front, a sloppy touch, can cost you that elusive medal, just as much as the people who are gunning for you. If you believe you can get there right to the very end, miracles do happen.
I am a freestyle mogul skier who, on February 13, became the first American to win a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Everybody expects me to win the gold medal.
Genzebe Dibaba
In 1999 and 2000, when I was a young editorial writer at the ‘Post‘, the ‘Post’ won the public service medal two years running.
When you go to a shooting competition, you don’t know what medal you’re going to finish with.
A world championship medal on the road is something that I’m missing from my CV.
I should have got a medal at Neunkirchen, my first club in Germany.
Through everything I’ve gone through- and I’ve been everywhere, at the top of the world, in jail, hung over drunk – I never gave up my dream of winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
It is a wonderful honor to receive the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society, which for more than a century has fought tirelessly to protect and preserve our natural resources and environment for future generations.
Louis Bacon
Muhammad Ali meant everything to me. He inspired me to box after watching re-runs of him winning a gold medal in the Olympics and being a world champion.
My first major championships was in 2005, which makes me feel ancient. I’m really proud of playing in all the tournaments, yet I can have all the caps in the world, but there’s no point if you don’t have a gold medal.
On no further occasion present a flag or medal to an Indian.
After I came back from London with a gold medal, my focus straight away was to defend it four years on.
When I chose to come to Milan, I knew there would be another side to the medal from the one I saw the day I was presented here. The message the club were giving out was clear: this year is no joking matter.
I don’t care anything about being a Medal of Honor recipient, but if I can use that to help veterans get jobs, I will.
Personal honors never meant much to Bill Russell, one of America’s most successful athletes with 2 college titles, 1 Olympic gold medal and 11 – count ’em, 11 – N.B.A. championships with the Boston Celtics.
I think every fight is a tough fight, but I’m not settling for a bronze medal.
I’ve learned that winning isn’t everything, and it’s more about the journey. But at the end of the day, I just want to stand on the podium with the gold medal.
To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the U.S.A. won the medal of gold. The Greeks said, ‘You’re better than the Cassius of old.’
I had already been into my professional career for six years and had not won an individual gold medal at the Olympics. There was a tremendous amount of pressure going into 1996 to get it done.
Michael Johnson
Much like the conservationists who previously have received the Audubon Medal, including Stewart Udall, Rachel Carson and Ted Turner, I realize that this recognition cannot be a cause to rest, but a spur to continue our work.
Louis Bacon
The Manchester games in 2002 was the breakthrough for me because I won my first individual Gold medal and that gave me the confidence to maybe think I could be a world beater.
Everything that I got, it’s special. I mean, I had the silver medal from Rio. Also was one of my best week ever on tour, playing for my country in Rio. Davis Cup, it’s also special for me and for my country.
No matter what, like, I couldn’t – I could break a world record, get an Olympic gold medal, and my mom would be, like, you could have done better. But you looked pretty. That’s what she says all the time.
But probably this is helps to win, to win, to gold, more gold medals, and to win most my important medal, heart of people. This is most important for me.
After I got my gold medal, I thought, ‘This isn’t just me. It belongs to my team, my friends, my family, the fans, everybody who’s impacted my life – this is our gold medal.’ So when someone asks to try it on, I’m like, ‘Sure, why not?’ I might be a little too relaxed about it, but why would I keep it to myself?
I had a gold medal in olympics at 12. At 14 or 15 I had my career set before me. Because I started so early, I had this daily training. It developed a focus. It became so natural that it was like a native language for me to play chess. That’s why I didn’t feel pressure.
After I won the Newbery Medal for ‘From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,’ children all over the world let me know that they liked books that take them to unusual places where they meet unusual people.
E. L. Konigsburg
Maybe there’s a little girl who thinks she can be an Olympic athlete, and she sees all the things I struggled through to get here. Yeah, I didn’t walk away with a medal or run away with a medal, but I think there’s lessons to be learned when you win and lessons to be learned when you lose.
Lolo Jones
I think if I am to win an Olympic medal I’ll have to score like I did today.
I’m not disappointed with bronze. It’s always good to come away with a medal.
Bryan Volpenhein
My goal is definitely a gold medal still in Rio.
Normally, politicians lie because they want to persuade us of the truth of what they are saying. A candidate for Congress will claim that he earned a medal of honor when he did not, so that we will love and revere him.
Any chance we have to skate for another Olympic medal, it’s amazing.
That’s the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball and now hockey – and know they can win a gold medal, too.
Angela Ruggiero
I remember standing on a medal podium at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, imbued with a sense that if you won enough basketball games, there was no such thing as poor, backward, country, female, or inferior.
Pat Summitt
The Olympics in ’92, I didn’t contribute that much. I had more to do with winning the National Championships than I did the gold medal.
It’s always going to be hard when you see the other team lifting a trophy. When you have to walk up those stairs and collect the runners-up medal, it’s hard.
Standing on the podium at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and receiving a gold medal was the crowning jewel in a successful gymnastics career and, most certainly, the confirmation that my parentssacrifices were not in vain.
I think the biggest thing was that I was putting pressure on myself leading up to Beijing. Now I am learning how to take that pressure off and seeing this as an incredible opportunity, but not like, ‘I absolutely have to medal.’
Ryan Hall
There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t bless myself with holy water and then get in my car and rub the medal of the Virgin Mary that she gave me and say a Hail Mary for my mother. And then I kiss her Mass card that’s right there on the dashboard.
Peter Criss
The World University Games Gold medal was a great confidence booster for me. It highlighted my talents, my performance and dedication.
I came back to Mumbai with the tag of having assisting the legendary Satyajit Ray. I thought that would be a medal, but it became a disqualification. People thought I would only make serious kinds of cinema.
The motivation will always be there to change the colour of the medal in Paris.
If I bring back only one gold people are going to say it’s a disappointment. But not too many of them own an Olympic gold medal so if I get one I’m going to be happy.
I’d promised my older daughter Rhianna I was going to get a medal for her, and in my mind I was thinking, ‘I can’t let her down.’
When I was growing up, yearning with my pals to be a track star, one of our heroes was Bruce Jenner. He won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in the decathlon, and he adorned our Wheaties boxes. We all wanted to be Bruce Jenner.
I didn’t even think that I could be competing for a gold medal; I was convinced I’d compete for a silver medal.
Sunisa Lee
To be part of something special, to be an Olympian and have the chance to win a medal – it’s an amazing feeling.
I had a pretty good sequence of games at the World Under-18 Championship but our main goal was to win gold there, and we didn’t. I’d trade all 20 of my points there for a gold medal, but I feel like I had a pretty good tournament.
Jack Hughes
When I ran the anchor leg to a gold medal with my Canadian teammates Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin, and Robert Esmie in the 4×100-metre relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, it was my responsibility to motivate the guys as unofficial captain and leader.
Records are there to be broken. Lots of people would love to swap their world record for an Olympic medal, but for me, my medals are there forever and ever, and that’s what does it for me.
If I won another gold medal in 2012, in my home city, imagine that. To be the face of 2012, that’d be unbelievable.
I love the people to see me as gold medal, Hall of Fame, world champion that knows how to make the world news and how to come from oldest counrty in the world to be most famous Iranian in the history.
The Olympics are very important only if you gain a medal, and that’s a very difficult achievement.
I’ve proven that Filipino weightlifters can win a medal in the Olympics.
I didn’t want people to think of me as someone who wasn’t impressed with a silver medal, because obviously that’s a huge accomplishment, and I was so happy. It was more about me just being not impressed with falling at the Olympics in my last event.
McKayla Maroney
I would love very much to win a medal at the Olympics for myself, by my own performance. But that will never happen.
Bela Karolyi
Although it was a great accomplishment to win a gold medal, as soon as they put it on you, that’s it; your career is over.
Every time a medal is won on the national or international platform, our country really enjoys winners but we don’t appreciate the effort that goes into creating winners.
I wear a St. Christopher medal. On the back it says: ‘Good luck, good luck, good luck – Mama.’
Dinah Manoff
When I took the job as the manager of the Olympic team, I didn’t take it because I was a Dodger. I did it because I was an American, and I wanted to bring that gold medal where it belongs in baseball, the United States. And that’s exactly what our team did.
Getting a medal is not a small feat, irrespective of what color it is.
I don’t know anybody that is like super close friends but also competing for the same medal. That would be kinda odd.
I think that I am a serious threat to anybody out there who is trying to get that medal.
When you win the Olympics, you hope that the medal that you get, that weight makes it feel like you really earned something.
Charlie White
Since I started playing at the Olympics in 2000, I have always wanted to do a dress based on Wonder Woman. It should be interesting to wear. And hopefully, it will get me a gold medal.
There are some real memorable highlights in my history that, in my mind, are such milestones. Winning a national championship in college and being on the Olympic platform getting a gold medal. Visiting the Hall of Fame and going into the Hall of Fame.
I worked hard to complete my medal collection.
Nino Schurter
I get to do the fun part which is racing. I get to enjoy the race… I don’t need a piece of medal to remind me of that.
I’m 24, which I know doesn’t sound very old. But in the world of gymnastics it is. The Tokyo Games are my last shot to compete as a gymnast for Team USA, and my last shot at winning a gold medal.
Having an Olympic medal validates that you can be a successful freeskier… It’s like a credential that sticks with you the rest of your life.
Qualifying for the Olympics is probably harder than winning a medal at the Olympics.
Mandy Bujold
I didn’t think I would have an Olympic medal at 21, but I knew I would give my best and play my game. I just viewed it as my first Olympics and that I would take it one match at a time, but to bring a silver home made me very, very happy.
Now that I have an Olympic medal in my room, it makes me hungry for another and a different color one.
I want to win a gold medal in London.
Kerri Walsh Jennings
The SheBelieves was my big moment, my big breakthrough. We had to get on that platform, hold that trophy, and have that medal around our necks.
Children will come out and listen to a writer whose books they like. They don’t need a government agency or a medal that says ‘laureate‘ to continue that.
When I win a gold medal in the Olympics… I would say every pain, tears and screams in training will be worth it.
It’s like an addiction: you win one medal and you want to win more.
The best gift I could give my father would be to represent India in the Olympics. If I can do that in 2016, and even win a medal, it will be fantastic.
Jeev Milkha Singh
Witches of East End’ is certainly wild, and so are a lot of other shows these days. But ‘Twin Peaks‘ still holds the gold medal for strange. I think we’ll hang onto that for all of TV eternity!
If you can come to the Olympic Games and leave with a medal then that is alright.
Yohan Blake
I had trouble finding my next goal after winning a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics, but the interest of the public and my fans in me got even bigger. I wanted to get away from the pressure, even for a single day.
As a soccer player, I wanted an FA Cup winner’s medal. As an actor you want an Oscar. As a chef it’s three-Michelin’s stars, there’s no greater than that. So pushing yourself to the extreme creates a lot of pressure and a lot of excitement, and more importantly, it shows on the plate.
My stepdad is Bruce Jenner, the Olympian. The first time he came over was like a blind date, and we had show and tell. He took out the gold medal for me and my sisters, and we were like, ‘So? Who the hell are you?’
My first medal, the League Cup at Tottenham, that was a very proud moment for me. Being captain, and winning. But also winning the double in my first year at Arsenal, that was special.
When a player cheats, you can’t have a gold medal, right?
I have learned from the first Olympics, of course. When I went to my first Olympic Games, I experienced all of the pressure and was able to win the gold medal. I try not to feel the pressure, and I try not to be nervous when I am on the ice and when I compete.
From the time I started boxing, my dream was to win an Olympic gold medal. At 10, I can’t say I knew how big the Olympics are. I just knew that every kid in the gym wanted to win an Olympic gold medal. Every kid in every gym probably wants to win an Olympic gold medal.
It is effectively a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved, and the chance to win an Olympic medal would be amazing.
We surprised ourselves in ’84 when we thought we could win a major tournament but hadn’t yet until we won the gold medal.
Winning the World Cup is definitely the highlight of my career. I thought the gold medal at the Olympics would peak it, but winning the World Cup, the reception… it’s what we all dreamed of when we were little.
Yeah, that’s what kind of, we get the idea a little bit yeah, because other people from different countries also try as hard as they can to get a medal or a gold medal in the Olympic Games. And you know, if they can work hard, we can work hard as well.
Inge de Bruijn
Mum got a QSM (Queen‘s Service Medal) for her community work in mental health. She was a psychiatric social worker, so she’d travel all around the north visiting people back in the day.
The whole reason I moved to the U.S. to be coached by Alberto Salazar is to be able to improve 1 or 2 per cent. I was sick of coming sixth in the world, seventh in the world, and get close to a medal, but not quite there, half-a-second.
To stand up to worldwide competition, we need a very strong set-up at home that produces athletes right from the beginner‘s level and has the sustained back-up for the same athlete to finally go and win an Olympic medal.
To finish off this whole Olympics by finally getting the gold medal, it’s the best feeling in the world.
Everything that I did to win a gold medal, I’m practically transferring it over to mixed martial arts.
It has been said that sharing my silver medal with that incident on the victory dais detracted from my performance. On the contrary. I have to confess, I was rather proud to be part of it.
Peter Norman
My 30s were obviously amazing, having kids and building the bulk of my career, but although outsiders might think, ‘well, he got’s a great life, the major, the gold medal, the Ryder Cup status, all those other garlands, what’s left?’ it’s nothing like that. I’m actually still very, very hungry.
To have this gold medal around my neck is just bonkers and still hasn’t really sunk in.
It is a big achievement to win a medal at the World Cup. Winning a medal is like doing well at Wimbledon, in tennis. It is one of the biggest shooting competitions in the world.
I wished for just one medal as a junior.
Nowadays a gold medal is a $1 million contract. Our athletes are our heroes.
Cathy Rigby
It’s an amazing thing to hear they’re finally giving out a Medal of Honor to a soldier from the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tim Hetherington
Now if I go back home with an Olympic medal, the reaction of my family will give me immense satisfaction.
Winning the gold medal should have been the happiest day of my entire life, and it just wasn’t. It felt like the saddest day of my life. Everyone was so angry with us, that Scott and I had fallen in love, because it was so unprofessional, and we were a disgrace and had betrayed everybody.
My dad used to be a goalie. He actually won a bronze medal with Team Canada in 1956.
Playing at the Women’s World Cup is my long-term goal and, hopefully, I can contribute to winning a medal.
I graduated a the top of my class in the ’84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.
It surprised me, the feeling I got when I won the Oscar for ‘Scent of a Woman.’ It was a new feeling. I’d never felt it. I don’t see my Oscar much now. But when I first got it, there was a feeling for weeks afterward that I guess is akin to winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
London was the hardest Olympic Games, and before it, I was really just hoping to win a medal, even if it was not the gold medal. At the same time, I have my next target. I am not settling for three golds in a row. I now want to try for a fourth.
Saori Yoshida
Teofilo Stevenson won his first Olympic gold medal in 1972 and his last world amateur championship in 1986. He won 302 fights and once went an unbelievable 11 years without a loss. Had Cuba not boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics, many think Stevenson would have won an unmatched four gold medals in boxing.
I always feel I had a very lucky life. For example, I sure didn’t want to go in the army: when I was drafted in the Korean War, I wanted to go as a photographer. But luckily, they put me in the infantry – luckily because the official photographer was photographing the medal awarding and all the official situations.
Harold Feinstein
The Olympic Gold medal in 1968 was definitely the highest moment of my career. It was a dream come true. I was a 19-year-old boy, and it was just amazing to be standing on top of the podium and hearing the National Anthem in the background.
Winning an Olympic gold medal is like nothing else.
Rebecca Lobo
People tell me an Olympic medal is a life-changing event. Except I don’t even think about the medal unless someone asks about it.
I don’t know if it’ll happen four years from now or 52 years from now, but our job is to make an Olympic gold medal happen at some point for the history of the U.S. program.
My one and only focus at the Olympic Games is to win a gold medal.
I would be happy with an Olympic bronze. What I don’t have is an Olympic medal.
I won my first medal when I was nine years old. It was at the Boston Open.
I ended up winning a silver medal at the Summer X Games Adaptive Supercross seven months after my injury – on a leg that I built.
I had a lot of wonderful accomplishments in the game of basketball. Of course, to win a gold medal for your country – it doesn’t get any better than that.
One of the things I was never thrilled about with ‘Medal of Honor’ was that it was non-stop music.
Playing in Wembley Stadium in front of 83-some-thousand fans to win a gold medal was unreal.
I’m really happy that I’ve got the Champions League medal around my neck and the trophy sat by my side.