A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world.
Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close.
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it.
People say that it was degrading for an Olympic champion to run against a horse, but what was I supposed to do? I had four gold medals, but you can't eat four gold medals. There was no television, no big advertising, no endorsements then. Not for a black man, anyway.
Life doesn't give you all the practice races you need.
I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.
It's like having a pet dog for a long time. You get attached to it, and when it dies you miss it.
After I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand or have me up to their suite. But no one was going to offer me a job.
When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.
I realized now that militancy in the best sense of the word was the only answer where the black man was concerned, that any black man who wasn't a militant in 1970 was either blind or a coward.
We used to have a lot of fun. We never had any problems. We always ate. The fact that we didn't have steak? Who had steak?