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15 Inspiring Sports Quotes for Athletes and Coaches Alike

November 14, 2020

Anum Hussain

As a high school track runner, my coach always prepped me to greet my opponents and “kill them with kindness.” His words have always stuck with me, as he taught me how important it is to be kind to everyone you come across, whether a competitor or teammate.

“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just illusions.”
Michael Jordan, American Basketball Player
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“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”
Wayne Gretzky, Canadian Hockey Player
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“If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it.”
Muhammad Ali, American Boxer
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“You'll never know what you're capable of until you take that first step and just go for it.”
Natasha Hastings, American Track and Field Sprinter
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“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.”
Derek Jeter, American Baseball Player
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“I really think a champion is defined not by their wins, but how they can recover when they fall.”
Serena Williams, American Tennis Player
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“It's not pressure unless you are not prepared.”
Colin Kaepernick, American Football Quarterback
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“We don't want to tell our dreams, we want to show them.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese Soccer Player
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“If you go around being afraid, you're never going to enjoy life. You have only one chance, so you've got to have fun.”
Lindsey Vonn, American Apline Ski Racer
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"But effort? Nobody can judge that because effort is between you and you."
Ray Lewis, American Football Player
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“One day you won't be an athlete anymore. You won't have that training before competition. You won't have those long bus rides with your teammates anymore. One day you won't be an athlete anymore. You'll just have memories of one.”
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“As athletes, we have ups and downs. Unfortunately, you can't pick the days they come on.”
Deena Kastor, American Long Distance Runner
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“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
Kobe Bryant, American Basketball Player
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“Nothing can stop you and nothing can define you.”
Adeel Alam, American Wrestler
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“The wall is your mind playing tricks on you. You just need to say, 'One more step, I can do this. I have more in me.' You'll be so proud of yourself once you push pass your threshold.”
Kerry Walsh, American Beach Volleyball Player
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Feeling inspired? We hope so. For coaches, these quotes can be helpful to motivating the team, and our ebook below can help give more insight from other coaches.

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