7 Inspirational Quotes From Top Olympic Coaches

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7 Inspirational Quotes From Top Olympic Coaches

Get focused fast with the advice given to the best athletes in the world.


Often preferring to be behind the scenes, there are thousands of coaches who focus on pushing the athletes in their care from exceptional talent to top performer. For them, it’s not a periodic spectacle but a passion-fueled job to bring out the very best in those they work with. Coaches make it possible for the runners, swimmers, cyclists, rowers, wrestlers, and all the other athletes to have a chance at something truly remarkable. It’s the opportunity to compete and earn the title of “the best in the world.”

Below are some words of wisdom gathered from Olympic coaches. You may not be an Olympian, but you can be the best in your field – with a little coaching along the way. Here are some of the words of wisdom inferred from the coaches’ quotes on the topic of what it takes to make yourself and your team successful.

  1. Compete for yourself. Focus on the personal joy competition brings and not the weighty expectations.”  —Aimee Boorman, Simone Biles’s coach
  2. “Improve your technique or skill level. Be a student of the strategies of your game, whatever they are. And take care of yourself away from the field of play.”  —Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps’s coach, advises three things to improve performance
  3. “You have to be willing to go the extra mile. You have to be willing to do more than anyone else. That’s where champions come from.” —Pistol Coach Sergey Luzov, USA Shooting Team
  4. You must lose in order to win.”  —Glen Mills, Usain Bolt’s coach
  5. “The magic happens when [the team members] all get along. The team wants to hear from people they trust.”  —David Marsh, U.S. Women’s Swim Team coach
  6. Connect on a personal level to build trust, though not at the expense of honesty or the collective needs of the team.”  —Jill Ellis, U.S. Women’s Soccer team coach
  7. “Adjust your strategy to your team. Be your best player’s best friend. It’s the leader’s job to get rid of distractions. Don’t have rules, have standards.”  —Leadership advice from Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski)