Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Gold Medal Quotes from famous authors such as Sheila E., Abhinav Bindra, Scottie Pippen, Hope Solo, Brin-Jonathan Butler. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!
I was running track early in my years and I was breaking track records in sprint running. I was training and I wanted to be in the Olympics. I thought I was going to be able to win a gold medal, and my mind was pretty much set on ‘this is what I want to do’.
Up until Beijing where I had my greatest victory, I had trained for 16 years of life with a singular goal and singular obsession that I wanted to win gold medal at the Olympics.
I’d probably say the championships mean more to me, but the gold medal makes you a bit different. It’s a special award.
It took putting one foot in front of the other every single day to get through it to the point where I made it back on the team and won a gold medal in 2008.
Teofilo Stevenson won his first Olympic gold medal in 1972 and his last world amateur championship in 1986. He won 302 fights and once went an unbelievable 11 years without a loss. Had Cuba not boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics, many think Stevenson would have won an unmatched four gold medals in boxing.
I was able to represent my country and put on the red, white, and blue – how many people in the world get to do that? Standing on the podium with my teammates, and being the first women’s gymnastics team to win this gold medal, it was life-changing!
It surprised me, the feeling I got when I won the Oscar for ‘Scent of a Woman.’ It was a new feeling. I’d never felt it. I don’t see my Oscar much now. But when I first got it, there was a feeling for weeks afterward that I guess is akin to winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
I am a freestyle mogul skier who, on February 13, became the first American to win a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
My stepdad is Bruce Jenner, the Olympian. The first time he came over was like a blind date, and we had show and tell. He took out the gold medal for me and my sisters, and we were like, ‘So? Who the hell are you?’
Winning the World Cup is definitely the highlight of my career. I thought the gold medal at the Olympics would peak it, but winning the World Cup, the reception… it’s what we all dreamed of when we were little.
From the time I started boxing, my dream was to win an Olympic gold medal. At 10, I can’t say I knew how big the Olympics are. I just knew that every kid in the gym wanted to win an Olympic gold medal. Every kid in every gym probably wants to win an Olympic gold medal.
One thing I learned from the ’88 Olympics: It’s not a question of if they can screw you over: it’s a question of if they will. It’s not the gold medal they took away from me. The medal doesn’t mean anything. It’s that they said I lost. That experience is well and alive in my mind.
Looking back, I’m so proud to have gone to five Olympics – I believe only three other Americans have achieved that. My true gold medal, though, is my daughter, Karsen, who is 18 months old. And I have a wonderful husband, Mike.
My first major championships was in 2005, which makes me feel ancient. I’m really proud of playing in all the tournaments, yet I can have all the caps in the world, but there’s no point if you don’t have a gold medal.
The World University Games Gold medal was a great confidence booster for me. It highlighted my talents, my performance and dedication.
A gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics is what I’m looking for. I have to pace my training in such a way that I’m at my best in Rio, and when I’m in form, no opponent can come in my way.
When you’ve won a gold medal and you’re at the top of your sport, everyone’s trying to beat you. I find that incredibly motivating.
Our big hope is to get to the Olympics and win the first beach volleyball gold medal – if we can make it.
I never won a Vezina Trophy until I won the Olympic gold medal.
We surprised ourselves in ’84 when we thought we could win a major tournament but hadn’t yet until we won the gold medal.
It’s funny, when guests come over to the house, they want to see my gold medal first and my U.S. Open trophy second.
The only thing better than winning a gold medal is going to Heaven.
I have a goal in front of me and that is to achieve a gold medal at the Olympics in air rifle shooting.
I had a lot of wonderful accomplishments in the game of basketball. Of course, to win a gold medal for your country – it doesn’t get any better than that.
It has been a fantastic journey. I have gone to five Games, broke the Olympics record in 2004 in Athens and won a gold medal as well in Beijing. I have had a good run at the Olympics.
The time frame is summer 1961, a year after the gold medal in the National Science Fair. I always saw my ‘Coalwood’ books as a trilogy. This book finishes the story of my life in Coalwood. I think it’s the best of the three.
I’ve won the African Cup, I’ve won an Olympic gold medal. That says everything.
Well, having a pint is not going to stop you from winning a gold medal, but for me the question was ‘is this going to help me win a gold medal?’ if the answer was no, I’d cut it.
Although it was a great accomplishment to win a gold medal, as soon as they put it on you, that’s it; your career is over.
I don’t know about you, but I lie awake nights worrying about Canadian uranium. I know these people. I grew up there. You have no idea what they’re capable of doing. If Sidney Crosby hadn’t scored that goal to win the Olympic gold medal, there’s no telling what might have ensued.
A guy named Peter Rabe wrote a batch of books for Gold Medal in the ’50s, and he was absolutely the single largest influence on writing style. I was completely in love with the way the man wrote.
It would be nice to win a gold medal and then sit back and watch Mark win one, too.
Standing on the podium at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and receiving a gold medal was the crowning jewel in a successful gymnastics career and, most certainly, the confirmation that my parents’ sacrifices were not in vain.
Yes, winning the gold medal was undoubtedly the biggest day of my career – mostly because I won the way I had prepared to run it. It was a totally satisfying experience.
Winning a gold medal means you’re the best in the world at that time.
I don’t know where my first gold medal is.
Actually, I always dreamed about getting a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle in Olympic swimming. I always thought that would be the epic award in sports to get.
Of course I want to bring home a gold medal, and that’s what I’m planning on doing. For me, that’s not pressure. It’s a chance to show the world who I am.
After one Olympics, if we invest in sports and say we will get a gold medal in the next Olympic, it doesn’t work like that in sports. How it works is that you provide the infrastructure, provide education about nutrition and health.
I’m 24, which I know doesn’t sound very old. But in the world of gymnastics it is. The Tokyo Games are my last shot to compete as a gymnast for Team USA, and my last shot at winning a gold medal.
It has always been a dream to win either the Olympic gold medal or the World Cup.
People think the gold medal is yours and they say you’re going to win – but they have no idea how hard it is. People aren’t doing it negatively – they’re mostly lovely and they really do want you to win – but they don’t understand the difficulty and intensity of competition.
My salvation was a free gift. I didn’t have to work for it and it’s better than any gold medal that I’ve ever won.
I slept with my gold medal.
Even though I’ve won numerous titles and an Olympic gold medal, there are still so many faults in my performance that I can honestly hardly bear to watch the videos back.
My goal is to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games, and I’ll fight and continue going until I do that.
If it were easy, everybody would have a gold medal, but they don’t.
I want to play for my country and win a gold medal.
Going to the Olympics as a Maasai I want to make them proud because, after the warm welcome they gave me when I went back and being their leader, I want to also be the warrior in the Olympics. That will be something good because that will be the first Olympic gold medal for the Maasai.
No matter what, like, I couldn’t – I could break a world record, get an Olympic gold medal, and my mom would be, like, you could have done better. But you looked pretty. That’s what she says all the time.
Most coaches would consider leading a team to an Olympic gold medal a capper for a pretty good year. The same goes for winning an NCAA national championship. Or a FIBA world championship. Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke Blue Devils and Team USA, led teams to each of these honors… within about 24 months.
Muhammad Ali meant everything to me. He inspired me to box after watching re-runs of him winning a gold medal in the Olympics and being a world champion.
Getting to the Olympic Games was my gold medal.
I graduated a the top of my class in the ’84 Olympic Games; I won a gold medal.
A gold medal is a goal and something that we’ve never done before as the United States indoor women’s volleyball team.
Winning that team-pursuit Olympic gold medal was unbelievable.
I wouldn’t say that there’s ever been an Olympic champion that didn’t deserve to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
Anthony Bourdain. He make the food, he make the world news. He know who is the real gold medal. He know what I can do. I know what he can do. He like the Jesus. He the best.
Anything other than a gold medal will be disappointing.
I’ve won a world championship, I know how that feels. I don’t know how it feels to win a gold medal. I want to feel that; I want to know that.
When I took the job as the manager of the Olympic team, I didn’t take it because I was a Dodger. I did it because I was an American, and I wanted to bring that gold medal where it belongs in baseball, the United States. And that’s exactly what our team did.
You’re still a person with or without that gold medal. It just represents the hard work.
I’m going to win a gold medal.
I always come into these competitions hoping to come away with a gold medal. I won’t relax until I have the gold medal around my neck.
When you’re expected to win and you have the press saying that you are going to win the Olympic gold medal, and you’re the only sure thing in the Olympics, it can undermine your confidence.
For any athlete growing up, the Olympics is the one thing you watch with your family, and it’s the one thing you dream about. Seeing your country’s flag go up as you get a gold medal is the best thing you can achieve.
I made a gym, it’s the best gym in Nicaragua, I have kids that this year July 6th through the 11th will be fighting and then will go on to the Central American Games and I’m sure at least one will win a gold medal.
My dream is to get gold medal both in the world championship and the Olympics.
Winning that gold medal at the Olympics is something I’ll never forget.
I’ve learned that winning isn’t everything, and it’s more about the journey. But at the end of the day, I just want to stand on the podium with the gold medal.
I wanted to win the gold medal and then go home and further my education in college. I had no intentions whatsoever to become a professional fighter because I had heard horror stories about former boxers who made money but, in the end, ended up with nothing. I didn’t want to be one of those guys.
The Olympics in ’92, I didn’t contribute that much. I had more to do with winning the National Championships than I did the gold medal.
I had already been into my professional career for six years and had not won an individual gold medal at the Olympics. There was a tremendous amount of pressure going into 1996 to get it done.
To win a gold medal at Olympic Games has long been my dream ever since I started my career as a table tennis player.
The greatest memory for me of the 1984 Olympics was not the individual honors, but standing on the podium with my teammates to receive our team gold medal.
People say, ‘Wow, you’ve achieved it all this year: two world championship wins and an Olympic gold medal.’ And I think, ‘Yeah, but how come I feel so unsatisfied and under pressure all over again?’
I can’t believe that I just won a gold medal. I think it will take a bit to sink in.
The Olympic Gold medal in 1968 was definitely the highest moment of my career. It was a dream come true. I was a 19-year-old boy, and it was just amazing to be standing on top of the podium and hearing the National Anthem in the background.
There are a lot of guys who play in the NBA. There aren’t a lot of guys who have a chance to win a gold medal, too.
I didn’t even think that I could be competing for a gold medal; I was convinced I’d compete for a silver medal.
It is a great feeling that I am the first Indian to win a gold medal in track event in world juniors.
To be honest, I already felt that I was going to win the gold medal, but with school being so hard I was kind of second-guessing myself. So, when I actually was told that I was going to be able to walk across the stage and be done with high school, it was such a relief.
For so long I wanted to win the gold medal. Then I won. I had to figure out what was the new motivation to take myself to that place again.
When a player cheats, you can’t have a gold medal, right?
Playing in Wembley Stadium in front of 83-some-thousand fans to win a gold medal was unreal.
I had a gold medal in olympics at 12. At 14 or 15 I had my career set before me. Because I started so early, I had this daily training. It developed a focus. It became so natural that it was like a native language for me to play chess. That’s why I didn’t feel pressure.
There was a lot of politics going on, and Ireland were denied an Olympic gold medal in 2008.
To have this gold medal around my neck is just bonkers and still hasn’t really sunk in.
Don’t worry, everyone – I’m not going to be just this silly little idiot who thinks he’s ‘it,’ who has been to the Olympics, won a gold medal and come back thinking he’s ‘it.’ That isn’t me, trust me.
Winning the 2012 bronze medal was magnificent, but I would love to win a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
You don’t just go and pick up a gold medal anymore.
For sure, 2010 was the best year I’ve ever had. It couldn’t have gone any better for me. Even if I just won the Olympic gold medal, that would have made it the best year of my career and the best day of my life, period. Winning the World Cup races and the overall title just topped it off.
‘Esquire Magazine’ just gave me ‘Father of the Year’. I’ll put it right up there with my gold medal. I survived; that’s why they gave it to me.
Getting the Games for London has been the fulfilment of a dream. It is one which I truly believe can change the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people for the better. But in the end, nothing can quite compare with winning your first Olympic gold medal.
I think there are definitely times when I feel the expectations on my shoulders and I think it’s because even before I race people expect me to get a gold medal and it’s not the case.
It would be meaningful if I can get a gold medal in my parents’ country.
As a teenager I had no idea that I had the potential to win an Olympic gold medal and my athletic career developed only by lucky circumstances.
Women’s combat sports have been on a good run in the United States. Claressa Shields won a gold medal in women’s boxing at the London Olympics in 2012, when it became a medal sport. American women won medals in taekwondo and judo as well.
Breaking the world record in ’92 was a very special personal moment, but I’d say my favorite moment as a decathlete was winning the Olympic gold medal.
My dream is to see an Indian with a gold medal in athletics in the Olympics.
For me I tried to not keep a low profile but I was training in a different country as I prepared for Sydney because I had such a realistic gold medal shot. I just wanted to stay focused and not get caught up in all of the hullabaloo and all of press prior to it.
If I win the gold medal, I will be set for the rest of my life. The medal itself doesn’t give you anything, but it makes you a marketable item. You take it and see what you can do.
Since I started playing at the Olympics in 2000, I have always wanted to do a dress based on Wonder Woman. It should be interesting to wear. And hopefully, it will get me a gold medal.
If I won another gold medal in 2012, in my home city, imagine that. To be the face of 2012, that’d be unbelievable.
I’m chasing that gold medal.
An Olympic gold medal is something that almost seems like a fantasy. Yes, of course I want it, since I was a little kid, before I even knew what the World Cup tour was.
Having the chance to win a gold medal doesn’t come around very often.
I want to win a gold medal in London.
10,000 athletes go and compete at an Olympic Games, only 300 go back with a gold medal, the number is very, very less.
I’ve been dreaming of winning gold medal in the Olympics.
I have learned from the first Olympics, of course. When I went to my first Olympic Games, I experienced all of the pressure and was able to win the gold medal. I try not to feel the pressure, and I try not to be nervous when I am on the ice and when I compete.
I had my Olympic gold medal cut up into eleven pieces. Gave all eleven of my kids a piece. It’ll come together again when they put me down.
Every athlete wants to win an Olympic gold medal, and I’d be lying if I said that’s not what I wanted.
It really means a lot that I won the gold medal – but I woke up the next morning expecting to feel different. I felt the same.
To finish off this whole Olympics by finally getting the gold medal, it’s the best feeling in the world.