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Born: 1968-01-24
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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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.

Tags: Best, Simple, Try

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.

Tags: Give, Good, Lost

Be cocky. Walk into the Georgia Dome like you own it.

Tags: Cocky, Georgia, Walk

If I had a bad performance in a particular leotard, I threw it in the trash.

Tags: Bad, Particular, Trash

Fragile egos are put on the line every day.

Tags: Fragile, Line, Put

Having a home away from the media glare is important to world-class athletes.

Tags: Away, Home, Media

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.

Tags: Financial, Success, Won

As a kid, I was a pretty good little sprinter.

Tags: Good, Kid, Pretty

Companies that support sports developmental programs in our communities should also be applauded.

Tags: Companies, Sports, Support

For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.

Tags: Test, Ultimate, Worth

For six years, I kept my five Olympic medals wrapped in a plastic bread bag beneath my bed.

Tags: Bed, Bread, Five

Getting to know athletes from all over the planet is a big part of the Olympic experience.

Tags: Big, Experience, Getting

I usually don't mind giving autographs, but when hundreds of folks with paper and pen start coming at you, it's time to seek shelter.

Tags: Giving, Mind, Time

In L.A., we had a game room with a new sensation called Pac-Man.

Tags: Game, Room, Sensation

In the dressing room, I always put on my right shoe first. Same thing for my right wristband.

Tags: Put, Room, Shoe

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.

Tags: America, Old, Weird

Many athletes competing in Atlanta wouldn't be here if it weren't for corporate support.

Tags: Athletes, Here, Support

Many medal winners dream of competing in a sport other than the one they're famous for.

Tags: Dream, Famous, Winners

Pay-per-view would deprive many kids of the delight of seeing the Olympics.

Tags: Kids, Olympics, Seeing

That's because the International Olympic Committee has a policy of never replacing medals.

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The endorsement game has been very good to me.

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Nothing sways the stupid more than arguments they can't understand.

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A man who does not trust himself will never really trust anybody.

Tags: Anybody, Himself, Trust

It is even more damaging for a minister to say foolish things than to do them.

Tags: Damaging, Foolish, Minister

I was the only westerner to succeed in a place that's like a toilet, and you always come out of a toilet with a smell.

Tags: Place, Smell, Succeed

Business in Russia was not being done like in the West, with contracts. In Russia, hundreds of millions of dollars were going forward and backward by word of mouth.

Tags: Business, Done, Forward
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