This week brings the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Olympics is a marvel of the modern world, a remarkable moment when people from nearly every country in the world can join in one place and compete for personal and country pride in a fun, peaceful atmosphere.
But the feeling of peace that permeates the Olympic spirit doesn't mean these athletes don't feel fire in their hearts. These athletes are warriors, forged in years of dedication and sacrifice to achieve their goals. Even those who fall short of a medal can still count themselves among the very best in the world.
Here are quotes from Olympians to inspire your own championship performance:
1. "For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth." -- Mary Lou Retton, USA, gymnastics
2. "I run to be known as the greatest runner, the greatest of all time. I could not eat or sleep for a week after I lost in the 1992 Olympics. I have to win or die." -- Noureddine Morceli, Algeria, track and field
3. "I touched the wall and all my dreams, hopes and ambitions basically coalesced into one moment." --Duncan Armstrong, Australia, swimming
4. "I love the Olympic Games. The Olympics are an event that few can fathom but all can enjoy, and that's why athletes work our whole lives to put on the greatest show on Earth." -- Johnny Weir, USA, figure skating
5. "You show up at the Olympics, and you're no longer you; you're an American Olympian. You're part of this greater whole, and the individual doesn't matter." -- Shaun White, USA, snowboarding
11. "To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits, and then you have to have the courage to blow past them." -- Picabo Street, USA, alpine skiing
16. "Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts." -- Dan Gable, USA, wrestling
18. "Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." -- Matt Biondi, USA, swimming
20. "I was told over and over again that I would never be successful, that I was not going to be competitive and the technique was simply not going to work. All I could do was shrug and say, 'We'll just have to see.'" -- Dick Fosbury, USA, track and field