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Born: 1964-03-18
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before.

Tags: Done, Mean, Winning

Anytime you ride against the best in the world, it becomes a learning process.

Tags: Against, Best, Learning

Apolo is going to have to keep skating so he can add more gold to his entourage.

Tags: Gold, Keep, Skating

I don't fear anything.

Tags: Fear

I just hope I can get another personal best. If I can do that, I'll be satisfied.

Tags: Another, Best, Hope

I never could have achieved the success that I have without setting physical activity and health goals.

Tags: Goals, Health, Success

I was really happy with my race, though. I beat my personal best by 1.2 seconds.

Tags: Best, Happy, Personal

I will remember all the days at the Olympics.

Tags: Days, Olympics, Remember

I'm definitely going to miss hearing the sound of that gun.

Tags: Gun, Miss, Sound

It's sad to know I'm done. But looking back, I've got a lot of great memories.

Tags: Done, Great, Sad

My legs tightened up pretty much, and it was a hard last corner for me.

Tags: Hard, Last, Pretty

My parents put skates on me at age 2, the way it should be if you're serious, and I've always liked it.

Tags: Age, Parents, Put

No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.

Tags: Goal, Matter, Try

The sport I love has taken me around the world and shown me many things.

Tags: Love, Shown, Taken

This Olympics is almost a little sad. It is my final Olympics. There are a lot of good memories.

Tags: Almost, Good, Sad

You have to have the right mind-set.

Tags: Else, Enjoy, Lost

I love short track. I competed in short track, I was a world champion in 1986 but at that point in time it wasn't in the Olympic Games so I moved into long track. Short track is a blast to skate and it's a blast to watch.

Tags: Love, Short, Time

I wasn't really expecting me to win the gold in this race. To get another medal for myself and for the U.S. was a pretty good thing to happen, I'd say.

Tags: Good, Happen, Win

The leaders who we admire who have been able to bring great change in the past - Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela - they're all inspirational religious leaders and smart tacticians. It would be nice to find the Muslim Gandhi, wouldn't it?

Tags: Change, Great, Nice

As I've said many times and publicly, a war between China and Taiwan that involves the United States is a lose-lose-lose.

Tags: Between, Said, War

I find when you talk with the Chinese on most subjects, they are very practical.

Tags: Practical, Subjects, Talk

My experience is the White House is not a very good place to coordinate intelligence, much less to integrate it.

Tags: Experience, Good, Place

The Industrial Revolution caused a centuries-long shift in power to the West; globalization is now shifting the balance again.

Tags: Again, Power, Revolution

You can't always get someone where you want to with just sticks. There have to be some carrots, there have to be some other shaping things.

Tags: Carrots, Someone, Sticks

All officers of the Intelligence Community, and especially its most senior officer, must conduct themselves in a manner that earns and retains the public trust. The American people are uncomfortable with government activities that do not take place in the open, subject to public scrutiny and review.

Tags: Government, Place, Trust

As is often the case when things are complicated, extreme views have superficial appeal. On the one extreme, some see China as an inevitable enemy that must be contained; on the other hand, there are those who see China as a slowly developing democracy that can be embraced.

Tags: Democracy, Enemy, Often
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Before 9/11 there were weak procedures, willingness, and mechanisms for communicating among agencies for foreign intelligence and the FBI with its focus on law enforcement. The domestic-vs.-foreign barrier has been solved by the reforms after 9/11 that established the DNI.

Tags: After, Focus, Law

High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa'ida organization that was attacking this country.

Tags: Country, High, Used

I know it sounds Pollyannish and 'Kumbaya'-like, but I find that the more that you expose Americans to the diversity of what's going on in China and vice versa, the more people find that there is this broad middle path. And so I'm a strong advocate of intense visits and dialogue back and forth.

Tags: Diversity, Path, Strong

I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past, but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.

Tags: Decisions, Past, Time

I think American interests are served when there are sections of the world that have representative governments, politically open economic systems, and are willing to take a stand against some of the more extreme ideologies that there are around the world.

Tags: Against, American, Stand

I think you can go back in history and look at what the effect in Asia and the world was of a divided, fractured China from, you know, the opium wars through the Chinese civil war, and I don't think it was pretty for Asia or the world.

Tags: History, Pretty, War

In addition to anti-American terrorists with global reach, our adversaries include organizations - some nation states, some private and some criminal - that proliferate weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them.

Tags: Means, Nation, Reach

Nothing is more important to national security and the making and conduct of good policy than timely, accurate, and relevant intelligence. Nothing is more critical to accurate and relevant intelligence than independent analysis.

Tags: Good, Making, Security

Southeast Asia is an area in which there is a form of Islam which is both devout and progressive, and therefore to be supported. It's an area in which I see a congruence of American interests and local interests: to have tolerant societies and become more prosperous.

Tags: American, Become, Islam

The bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they gave us and they are not essential to our national security.

Tags: Done, Hurt, Whatever

The information gained from these techniques was valuable in some instances, but there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means.

Tags: Knowing, Means, Whether

The use of large-scale military force in volatile regions of underdeveloped countries is difficult to do right, has major unintended consequences and rarely turns out to be quick, effective, controlled and short lived.

Tags: Difficult, Military, Short

There are many causes of violent deaths in America - murders and traffic accidents - that we do not approach with the same 'no price too steep, no task too difficult' approach that we take toward al Qaeda.

Tags: America, Difficult, Toward

There's sort of a theory that's going around in the China-watching community about a perfect storm coming up with the 2008 Olympics, a U.S. election and a Taiwanese election, some sort of mutually reinforcing explosion and crisis.

Tags: Crisis, Perfect, Storm

We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it!

Tags: Enough, Life, Rather

Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.

Tags: Between, Business, Someone

Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.

Tags: Act, Today, Tomorrow

You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Goal setting is often a matter of balancing timing against available resources. Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.

Tags: Goal, Lost, Waiting

Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.

Tags: Failure, Goal, Success

Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure.

Tags: Failure, Fear, Respect

Money is always on its way somewhere. What you do with it while it is in your keeping and the direction you send it in say much about you. Your treatment of and respect for money, how you make it, and how you spend it, reflect your character.

Tags: Character, Money, Respect

Advancement only comes with habitually doing more than you are asked.

Tags: Asked

Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past.

Tags: Focus, Future, Past

Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.

Tags: Failure, Inaction, Perhaps

Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. Written goals provide clarity. By documenting your dreams, you must think about the process of achieving them.

Tags: Blessed, Dreams, Mind