There are some people out there who have accomplished great things in sports, athletics and fitness. For us, the mere mortals of the world, they might seem super human, fighting and succeeding against adversity. But as we discover the meaning behind many of their most famous words, we can see they are merely people too. They just happened to have a passion, determination or incredibly strong motivation to overcome the obstacles in their way.
So for those in need of some inspiration or just to admire greatness, here are 10 inspirational quotes we gathered from amazing people in sport and fitness. Here it goes!
"It's the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself"
Legendary american boxer, was introduced to boxing when finding his bike was stolen. He told the police officer he was going to "whup" the thief. Police officer suggested he first learns how to box.
"Just celebrate the life you had, not the life you could've had"
Retired basketball player, entrepeneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker. First called "Magic" when at 15 years old he managed to record a triple-double of 36 points, 18 rebounds and 16 assists while playing for Everett High School.
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up"
American baseballer who learnt how to play baseball while living in a reformatory school at the age of 7.
"You have to have respect for your opponent because it might be your friend"
For many, the best tennis player of all time, who held the #1 player position for 302 weeks. Acknowledged as a "true gentleman" by fellow players, Federer was the first tennis player to ever each at least the semifinals of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.
"If it's difficult, I'll do it now. If it's impossible, I'll do it presently"
"The Don", Australian cricket legend and known by his focus and determination shows his personality in this quote. As a kid he invented his own solo criket game using a cricket stump, a golf ball and a water tank that sharpened his skills from a young age.
"People ask me 'What was going through your mind in the race'? and I don't know. I try and let my body do what it knows."
Australian freestyle swimmer, and five time Olympic Gold medallist, Ian Thorpe was the youngest male swimmer ever to represent Australia at age 14 and the youngest male World Champion in 1998.
"I don't try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better that myself"
The Russian ballet dancer had to overcome rejection for main parts for being shorter than other dancers. He decided to leave Russia and head to New York where he became one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.
"I just wanted to play, play, play".
The tennis player was the first afroamerican tennis player to win a Grand Slam Title (the French Open) in 1956. Despite having to deal with racism on her way to tennis glory, she never gave up. Her legacy lead to contemporary tennis players like Serena Williams to thank her for opening the door to more afro-american players enter the world of professional tennis.
"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."
Known as the ultra-marathon man, Dean Karnazes can run for three days and nights without stopping due to a rare physical ability to clear lactic acid from his system.
Inventor of the world known and popular Pilates discipline, Joseph Pilates started training patients in a hospital using hospital bed springs and mattresses.
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