Top 499 Olympic Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Olympic Quotes from famous people such as Arnold Palmer, Peter Bergen, Katie Taylor, P. T. Usha, Petra Kvitova, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

As a kid growing up in Latrobe, PA, I could dream about

As a kid growing up in Latrobe, PA, I could dream about being an Olympian like Jesse Owens or Johnny Weissmuller. I could also dream about being a great golfer like Bobby Jones or Byron Nelson. But the idea of being an Olympic golfer never occurred to me.
Arnold Palmer
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers who carried out the marathon bombing, was a non-practicing Muslim who only became an Islamist militant once his dreams of becoming an Olympic boxer faded. At the time of the attack, he was unemployed.
Peter Bergen
I’m just sorry I couldn’t come home with a second Olympic gold medal.
Katie Taylor
The country has to identify and promote raw talent. I have full faith that India will win Olympic gold in athletics sooner than later.
P. T. Usha
My dream is to have a medal from the Olympic Games, and I will do my best to have it.
Petra Kvitova
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.
David Rudisha
The first time I walked into the Olympic athlete village seeing the Visa ATM machine with my picture on it and the Chinese characters saying ‘Destiny.’ For some reason, it just boosted my confidence and it was before I had even worked out or had my first training or competed.
Nastia Liukin
The London Olympic Opening Ceremony was excellent. The mixture of old and new, of classic and contemporary was a beautiful reflection of Great Britain. Danny Boyle is a genius.
Ludovico Einaudi
For me, back in Sydney, it was just being there and going out and beating Alexander Karelin, 13-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist. It was everything for me.
Rulon Gardner
I wouldn’t say that there’s ever been an Olympic champion that didn’t deserve to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
Dorothy Hamill
I am very glad not only to complete the grand slam, but to become Olympic champion alone makes me happy.
Ma Long
I remember seeing a story on Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte doing strongman workouts. That was awesome.
Brian Shaw
The atmosphere in Sochi is unusual, in that we are surrounded by the Olympic complex. It is special to compete at a location that has played such a big part in international sporting history, which gives this place a unique feeling.
Charles Leclerc
Obama might as well be president of Turkey or Brazil; it does not matter. It’s the system that is absolutely flawed, where 25 or 35 or 50 people make multi, multi-billions on building Olympic structures while people live in Barbados and have no roads or clean drinking water. There’s something pretty inequitable there.
Al Jourgensen
I’m hoping that maybe everyone on the Olympic team thinks that I’m worthy to carry the flag. That’s my next goal, to carry the flag during the opening ceremonies, if everyone chooses me.
Picabo Street
Nothing dramatic can be expected from the Sports Code, because the Olympic Charter has to be respected.
Abhinav Bindra
I know everyone has Olympic dreams, but if you really think about it, you just don’t want to go to the Olympics. You want to be a gold medalist at the Olympic Games.
Sam Mikulak
That people believe I can be Olympic champ, it just spurs me on.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
The pressure of the Olympic Games is real overwhelming.
Natalie Coughlin
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
A lot of skaters hole themselves up in hotels and focus – and that’s great, and that may work for them. But for me, having the Olympic experience was as great as winning the medal. I have so many memories of living in the village and meeting other athletes, seeing other sports, and feeling the energy. It’s so magical.
Tara Lipinski
I was discovered by Paul Marciano of Guess when I was actually, like, two years old. And so I started with Baby Guess; I did Guess Kids, and then I stopped because I was a really competitive horseback rider and a club volleyball player. I went to Junior Olympic qualifiers for volleyball. So, I kind of stopped modeling.
Gigi Hadid
During my first Olympics in 1980, at the age of 23, I was physically in great condition but mentally too inexperienced to cope comfortably in the pressure cooker of an Olympic year.
Sebastian Coe
When I first asked my boxing coach, two-time Olympic champion Hector Vinent, what made the Cuban style of fighting distinct from the rest of the world, he smiled and told me to sit on a bench in Prado and watch the Cuban women walk.
Brin-Jonathan Butler
Growing up, Michael Jordan was my Olympic hero.
Kerri Walsh Jennings
I want to bring back that glory in our country because we are the Olympic champions. So I want to see that glory days back in India, hence I’m giving my hundred per cent to contribute my best.
P. R. Sreejesh
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.
Kim Yuna
I got an invitation to go to the Olympic trials. And in the same week, I got a telegram from a… big executive at Columbia Records.
Johnny Mathis
You work for years and years to make the Olympics, then something goes wrong and it’s all gone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make your mark in another way. Losing in the Olympic Trials made me that much hungrier to become a world champion as a pro.
Danny Garcia
Both the velodrome and the Commonwealth swimming pool are open to the public and are frequently used by local schools and the local community. Over the last six years young people have been inspired to take up swimming and cycling more seriously; some of them are now coming through as Olympic champions or hopefuls.
Lucy Powell
I’m looking towards that Olympic medal and that Olympic gold and what it’s going to take to get there.
Max Aaron
I've been given this amazing platform as an Olympic ath

I’ve been given this amazing platform as an Olympic athlete, and there are so many people out there who don’t feel like their voice is being heard. I feel it’s my responsibility to speak out on issues that are important.
Adam Rippon
I still wanted to see it officially on the scoreboard but, when it was announced ‘Denise Lewis is Olympic champion,’ it was just like a volcano of elation, relief and satisfaction exploding through my system.
Denise Lewis
Winning that team-pursuit Olympic gold medal was unbelievable.
Geraint Thomas
I went and played football so I can support my family like I wanted to. Track has been my real dream, to be an Olympic champion and God gave me another opportunity.
Marquise Goodwin
I did not know about awards. I just wanted to break the world record and the Olympic record.
Milkha Singh
My wife is an Olympic gold medalist, WNBA All-Star, ‘Jeopardy!’ champion, and Rhodes Scholarship finalist who was sung to by President Clinton, sung about by Ludacris, and serenaded on ‘Sesame Street’ by a chorus of Muppets.
Steve Rushin
I had been thinking, ‘I’ve got to win because I’m Olympic champion’; actually, no, it’s, ‘I’m an Olympic champion for life,’ I can just enjoy the rest.
Jade Jones
Of course, most people remember that I received the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics competition.
Nadia Comaneci
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.
Charles Krauthammer
Due to my love for ‘Harry Potter,’ I have to say my celebrity crush is Emma Watson and my Olympic crush is Gracie Gold.
Sam Mikulak
I’m not a big fan of the Olympic Games. The ATP calendar is a bit complex due to the Olympic event.
Dominic Thiem
The Olympic Games of the Modern Era began in 1896 in the city of Athens.
Bill Toomey
I’m more of a hands-on person. I like working with young people from the standpoint of providing support for the grassroots programs. State, national and Olympic champions begin at a grassroots level.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
There was a time in my life I wanted that Olympic medal, and all I did was train, train, train and work harder than ever.
Yoel Romero
Sports authority should hire coaches only on contract basis in athletics and also in other games. The coaches should be told to produce medals in upcoming Olympic Games. Only then will they work day and night and push sportsmen and women to work harder.
Milkha Singh
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 parents’ sacrifices were not in vain.
Dominique Moceanu
Who actually enjoys skiing? Come on, even Olympic ski masters, even James Bond, think that dressing up in all that fluorescent, insulated kit and having to manoeuvre down a mountain in the freezing cold is no way to spend leisure time.
Claudia Winkleman
From the energy of the Olympic crowd to the celebratory feel of the Brazilian culture, I expect nothing less than an exciting and unforgettable 2016 event.
Maya Moore
What I find about Olympic games is there’s so many fantastic stories, and the celebration of sport, and to be involved in that is the honor of our lifetime.
Scott Moir
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.
Sangram Singh
It’s been a dream for me since I was six years old to go to the Olympic Games and to finally have that dream realised is something massive for me.
Natalie du Toit