Friday, July 27, 2012

Springing from the Soul

I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin (1936) to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.   ~Jesse Owens

There is something in the Olympics, indefinable, springing from the soul, that must be preserved.   ~Chris Brasher

The Olympic Games must not be an end in itself, they must be a means of creating a vast programme of physical education and sports competitions for all young people.   ~Avery Brundage