Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Midweek Motivation

Women's Health Magazine asked Olympians: What motivational quote, advice, or personal mantra helps get you through a challenging time?  Here are some of my favorites:

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"'Falling in life is inevitable—staying down is optional.'"
-Carrie Johnson, two-time Olympic kayaker

"'Breathe, believe, and battle.' My former coach, Troy Tanner, told us that before each match. Breathe—be in the moment. Believe—have faith that you can rise above it. Battle—you gotta be prepared to go for as long as it takes."
-Kerri Walsh, two-time beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist

"'If you think you can't, you won't, and if you think you can, you will.' When I'm tired at practice, I tell myself that I'm not tired, and I can push through. If you tell yourself you're tired or if you tell yourself you're sick, your body is going to follow the mind."
-Kellie Wells, 2011 USA indoor and outdoor 100m hurdles champion

"'Keep calm and carry on.' A challenging time is just that—a period in time. Taking a few deep breaths and knowing that it won't last forever really allows me to focus on the present moment and task at hand."
-Betsey Armstrong, 2008 water polo Olympic silver medalist and goalkeeper for 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Water Polo Team

"I always tell myself to 'man up.' Growing up beside my brother [2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey], I was never allowed to whine. He wouldn't let me then, so I don't let myself now."
-Paige Railey, four-time sailing world champion and first-time Olympian

"'My competition isn't resting!'"
-Kim Rhode, five-time Olympic shooter

"'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'"
-Jessica Long, nine-time Paralympic swimming medalist

"I ask myself, 'Can you go any harder? Are you hurting enough? Are you going hard enough?' I keep asking myself: 'Can you go any harder?'"
-Kristin Armstrong, 2008 road cycling Olympic gold medalist in women's time trial

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  1. My competition isn't resting and that which doesn't kill me have always been motivators for me!

  2. My competition isn't resting is probably my favorite.


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