As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given.
You give up your childhood. You miss proms and games and high-school events, and people say it's awful... I say it was a good trade. You miss something but I think I gained more than I lost.
It's going to be really weird when I'm 80 years old, in a walker, and people are still calling me America's sweetheart. We need a new one.
Be cocky. Walk into the Georgia Dome like you own it.
Having a home away from the media glare is important to world-class athletes.
Many medal winners dream of competing in a sport other than the one they're famous for.
For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.
The endorsement game has been very good to me.
If I had a bad performance in a particular leotard, I threw it in the trash.
Fragile egos are put on the line every day.
Getting to know athletes from all over the planet is a big part of the Olympic experience.
As a kid, I was a pretty good little sprinter.
For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.
In L.A., we had a game room with a new sensation called Pac-Man.
Former Olympians also get paid to make appearances. Many of them won their medals in an era when Olympic success didn't go hand-in-hand with financial success.
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