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

6. "The Olympics are what I work for. They're why I spend so much time in the gym." -- Lindsey Vonn, USA, alpine skiing

7. "I love the Olympics." -- Jennie Finch, USA, softball

8. "One thing I'm proud to do like a girl is represent my country in the Olympics and at the highest level, at the highest platform that I can." -- Alex Morgan, USA, soccer

9. "I don't run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet." -- Nadia Comaneci, Romania, gymnastics

10. "I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match." -- Mia Hamm, USA, soccer

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

12. "Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds." --Larry Bird, USA, basketball

13. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." -- Muhammad Ali, USA, boxing

14. "I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability." -- Bruce Jenner, USA, decathlon

15. "The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it." -- Wayne Gretzky, Canada, hockey

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

17. "Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers." -- Magic Johnson, USA, basketball

18. "Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." -- Matt Biondi, USA, swimming

19. "The best motivation always comes from within." -- Michael Johnson, USA, track and field

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

21. "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." -- Michael Jordan, USA, basketball

Published on: Feb 7, 2018