When I competed, it was for honor and country. It was a privilege to be a part of the U.S. team.
Understand from top to bottom what the effort requires.
Too many athletes don’t have the ability to set a goal and then carefully go towards it.
Too many athletes do not admit their weaknesses.
One of the key elements is the ability to be honest with yourself.
The Olympic movement is divided into two very distinct eras.
Past Olympians have a continuing role within the Olympic family.
Once you have selected a sport or a creative activity, the rules are pretty much the same.
My Olympic voyage has continued because it is so rewarding.
It is always possible to improve.
The fans and supporters are also part of the Olympic family.
I think that money has changed my sport.
I have competed before empty stadiums a lot in my career.
Then in a fraction of a second, I realized that these sportsmen were not anyone’s enemies.
Olympians are the product of the Movement, and to get them to the stadiums, pools and playing fields, it takes the actions of legions of people who might not be Olympians.