It’s basically Christmas here at the FITNESS offices–without the snow. Or presents. But instead of going gaga over gifts we’re bubbling with excitement about being just days away from the 2012 London Olympics. Want to see how the athletes are mentally prepping? In the spirit of the Games, we asked some of the top competitors what motivational quote they live by on behalf of Ralph Lauren’s London 2012 Olympic Collection. See what gets them fired up and keep a mental queue for when your workouts get tough this week.
Diana Lopez (Taekwondo): “I got the height, the reach, the weight, the physique, the speed, the courage, the stamina, and the natural ability that’s going to make me great. Putting it another way, to beat me you got to be greater than great.” – Muhammad Ali
Heather Mitts (Soccer): “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before hard work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”– Vince Lombardi
Jennifer Kessy (Beach Volleyball): “Rule #76: No excuses, play like a champion!” – Wedding Crashers
Aly Raisman (Gymnastics): “Believe deep down in your heart that you are destined to do great things.”
April Ross (Beach Volleyball): “The journey is better than the inn.” – John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach
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