“For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art.” Avery Brundage
“It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication.” Herb Elliott
“The six colours, including the white background, represent the colours of all the world's flags... this is a true international emblem.” Pierre de Coubertin
Jesse Owens(African-American athlete, 1936 Summer Olympics) Olympics -- A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
Charles Barkley (American basket ball player)
Curling is not a sport. I called my grandmother and told her she could win a gold medal because they have dusting in the Olympics now.
Peggy Fleming (American figure skater, 1968 Winter Olympics)
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
Mark Spitz (American swimmer, 1972 Summer Olympics, on winning seven gold medals Inspirational)
I swam my brains out.
Sebastian Coe (2-time winner at the Olympics, after losing the 800m final in 1980)
To anyone who has started out on a long campaign believing that the gold medal was destined for him, the feeling when, all of a sudden, the medal has gone somewhere else is quite indescribable.
Away from the sport an Olympics offers the host nation the chance
to see themselves as other countries see them.
To stage an Olympics is to pay billions of pounds for the world to laugh at you
- the test is how you react. MARINA HYDE
I reckon they should rename snickers back to marathon for the duration of the olympics.
Weird Old Hattie
A SHUTTLECOCK'N'BULL STORY
Olympics: The one time every four years when people remember badminton exists.
I like England and I am from there. But when it involves organisation it is going to be a right balls up. Things will catch fire and people will be tripping over things, then it'll start raining and the Queen will do a fart.
Shakespeare described England as a “fortress built by Nature for herself against infection” - but that was before the Olympics were held there.
HENRY I. MILLER
These distant viewers will see athletes skipping untroubled through a deserted and well-staffed Heathrow. They will see reports of trains running smoothly, of red buses speeding along unclogged roads, and of restaurants, bars, parks and museums with plenty of room to spare. For a month or so London will actually work. Only those of us who actually live here will know that it is all a fraud. That’s what I call genius.
Unless you're the Olympic flame, no smoking on board.
British Airlines pilot of the plane flying the Olympic Torch from Athens to the UK