With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio just around the corner, the eyes of the world will once again focus on the super humans – the gifted and committed few, who dedicate their lives to their chosen sports. The focus, drive and determination it takes to go for gold, coupled with the pressures of representing their country on a world stage means Olympic athletes are made of strong stuff.
But, what does it take to become a world class competitor?
We’ve rounded up some of the most inspirational quotes from Olympians on what it takes to be a winner.
“Don’t dream of winning, train for it” – Mo Farah
“Training can be monotonous and it is hard work, but you never lose sight of why you are doing it. Every single effort of every single session counts in the months and years leading up to a big event” – Sir Chris Hoy
“I love my sport and can’t think of anything I would want to do more. To be recognised for the years of hard work and the success I have had over the years means so much” – Jessica Ennis-Hill
“I have a goal, I want to be a legend” – Usain Bolt
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get” – Michael Phelps