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  • But if kids take up things like hockey and football they will go back to it.

  • There are lots of women tennis players, for instance, but because not many of them seem to have much personality, they're interchangeable. You don't have a feeling about them.

  • In sport, if you want to be the best you have to compete against the best - I would much rather have come tenth and be judged against everyone than come first and be judged against just a few.

  • The only limitations are mental. The guy who thinks positively will win.

  • Even if you've been involved in a World Cup, the Olympics is huge. Only the Games has the power to change communities.

  • It's good to be difficult to know. Too many people are too easy to know.

  • What used to drive me was the fact that I wanted to be better than everybody at something. One of my best qualities is that I used whatever other people found to be an adverse thing to be a positive thing for myself.

  • I've still got a small fitness and conditioning business where I travel round the world doing stuff for individuals and corporations, mainly fitness training.

  • In my heart of hearts my motivation would always have been to be the best, and I think that athletics is probably what I was built for.

    Interview With Tom Bryant, www.theguardian.com. July 14, 2008.
  • If you don't want to grow old, then slow down the slowing down process.

  • Sport and health are so important to our nation that they deserve to be right at the front of people's minds.

    Interview with Tom Bryant, www.theguardian.com. July 14, 2008.
  • Kids are starting at such a low base rate in terms of fitness that it's taking them years to catch up to where people like me started from. Every little bit is making it more difficult for kids to succeed on a world stage.

    Interview with Tom Bryant, www.theguardian.com. July 14, 2008.
  • If you work hard in real life, people tend to get in your way - either from inertia or prejudice - and they stop you achieving things. It's the worst thing about real life compared with sports, where you generally get what you deserve: if you're the fastest guy, you win; there are no other games being played.

  • Having the ambition of becoming Olympic champion is a whole different ambition from wanting to be the greatest.

    "Don't go nuts, Bolt: Daley Thompson says sprint ace must get head in order" by Alex Spink, www.mirror.co.uk. July 14, 2012.
  • I'm obsessive. I want to know the answer to how good I am. Most people aren't.

  • We crave instant success these days. If you are a really good sprinter and long jumper, you don't want to spend two or three years on a whole new set of events. You're used to doing well and it's difficult to give that up.

  • People don't want to serve apprenticeships any more. Kids expect to be paid and treated really well and all that guff before they've achieved anything. It doesn't work like that. You have to spend five or six years being relatively rubbish and put up with it. For that you don't deserve to be getting lottery money.

  • The decathlon takes so long to learn that people who are good athletes don't want to go back to the beginning again.

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  • I have the mentality of a winner. I first went to the Olympic Games when I was 17, three weeks after my O-levels, and I remember sitting in a dining-hall filled with the world's best athletes.

  • You can be an Olympic champion in 9.5 secs, but to be the greatest, there's more to it. It takes a bit of forethought and a lot of mental application.

    "Don't go nuts, Bolt: Daley Thompson says sprint ace must get head in order" by Alex Spink, www.mirror.co.uk. July 13, 2012.
  • Retiring was hard. I'd spent 15 years doing something I loved, but when you get older everything seems to go. When I started spending too long with the physio and the doctor, I knew it was time to call it a day. But I had no preparation for being retired and I didn't know what to do.

  • Ever since I was a kid, whatever situation I was presented with, I always made the most of it.

  • Athletes these days are too robotic. People like to see performances filled with emotion. In my career I tried to be amusing, to differentiate myself from the other champions.

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  • I don't even have my own computer.

  • People tend to like an athlete's performance, but if you don't get a feeling for the individual, you're not very emotive about them.

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  • The stopwatch doesn't lie. The tape measure doesn't lie.

  • I tend to eat vegetables only when I'm with the kids and the rest of the time, I'm a bit slack. But, I am weight-conscious, so I concentrate on avoiding junk food.

  • During a photo-call with fellow Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew- Pity Steve Ovett didn't show up. Then we could have had the good, the bald and the ugly.

  • I didn't even know what it was when I started. But I was lucky. I found it at 16. Most people don't discover decathlon until they're 21 or 22.

  • I was in the doldrums for a while after my athletics career ended in 1992. I spent six to eight hours a day training, for 18 years, and it took a long time to get over the regret that I wasn't competing in major championships any more. All I ever wanted to be was the best. But I find new projects and I keep things in perspective.

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    Daley Thompson

    • Born: July 30, 1958
    • Occupation: Olympic athlete