Take it From the Top, Part 1

“The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.”

“This is a tough game. There are times when you’ve got to play hurt, when you’ve got to block out the pain.” — Shaquille O’Neal

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” — Leroy “Satchel” Paige

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.” — Unknown

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour — his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear — is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.” — Vince Lombardi

“Playing safe is only playing.” — Chuck Olson

“I don’t care how good you play, you can find somebody who can beat you, and I don’t care how bad you play, you can find somebody you can beat.” — Harvey Penick

“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave — win or lose.”

“There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.”

“Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything that comes in second.” — Bear Bryant

“The medals don’t mean anything and the glory doesn’t last. It’s all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.”

“Once you’re physically capable of winning a gold medal, the rest is ninety percent mental.”

“Every time you go out on the ice, there are slight flaws. You can always think of something you should have done better. These are the things you must work on.”

“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” — Lou Holtz

“Racing is a matter of spirit, not strength.”

“It’s amazing how much of this is mental. Everybody’s in good shape. Everybody knows how to ski. Everybody has good equipment. When it really boils down to it, it’s who wants it the most and who’s the most confident in his skis.”

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