Inspiring Olympics Quotes!

Olympic Quotes

The Olympics are a tremendous source of inspiration in many respects.  Watching the incredibly talented athletes compete is truly amazing.    Whether they win or lose, whether they are favourites or underdogs, or whether they are from your home country or another country, their years of training, commitment, skill and expertise are on full display.

Seeing so many of the countries of the world come together in peace is also a remarkable sight.  Fans and supporters cheer all of the athletes whether they are winning, struggling, or just giving it their all, and no matter where they are from.

The athletes are constantly in the media spotlight sharing their thoughts on their journey.  Whether you are athletic or not there is tremendous inspiration to be drawn from the comments that the athletes have uttered.

As such we have created this compilation of many memorable quotes from the Olympics over the years.  All of these quotes can give you inspiration in your personal or professional lives.


1. “Never give up. I feel like dreams are always a little tricky.  But if you just push through the struggles and the hard times, it will be so worth it in the end, because you will be able to get to your dreams” – Chloe Kim, Snowboarder, USA

2. “We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” – Jesse Owens, Track and Field

3. “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps, Swimming

4.  “I take whatever situation I’m in, and I spin it like it’s the most positive thing that’s ever happened to me” – Adam Rippon, Figure Skater, USA

5. “I really love what I’m doing and I think that’s a big secret to keep motivated every day” – Sven Kramer, Speed Skater, Netherlands

6. “It doesn’t matter what your background is and where you come from.  If you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters.” – Serena Williams, Tennis

7. “Failure is inevitable – and it’s the people that keep trying who become successful” – Mirai Nagasu, Figure Skater, USA

8. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali, Boxing 

9.  ” I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid.  I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” – Nadia Comaneci, Gymnastics

10. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

11. “If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything.” – Clara Hughes, Cycling and Speedskating

12. “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz, Swimming
13. “I wanted to show people that if you work hard, never give up, and believe in yourself, you can achieve success” – Karen Chen, Figure Skater, USA

14. “To win, you have to risk loss.” – Jean-Claude Killy, Skiing

15. “Never put an age limit on your dreams.” – Dara Torres, Swimming

16. “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, Athletics

17. “Nothing is impossible.  With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” – Michael Phelps, Swimming

18. “Failing in life is inevitable.  Staying down is optional.” – Carrie Johnson, Kayaker

19. “When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.”- Florence Griffith Joyner, Track and Field

20. “You can’t put a limit on anything.  The more you dream the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps, Swimming

I have always believed in Persistence, Enthusiasm and Positive Attitude (PEP) which is what I think of when I read these quotes.  These comments from the Olympics past and present are truly motivating.   No matter what you are doing and no matter what challenges are in front of you some of these quotes may help you on your journey!

If you are aware of other quotes from the Olympics that have inspired you please let us know!

Originally published on February 27, 2018.