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Inspirational Words from our U.S. 2012 Olympic Athletes


Inspirational Words from our U.S. 2012 Olympic Athletes

iStayYoung congratulates our US athletes for finishing on top at the 2012 London Olympics, with 104 medals, 16 medals ahead of second-place China and 22 ahead of third-place Russia. Looking at the fantastic athletes who went to represent us, we cannot deny that they show some extraordinary qualities that set them apart from the average. Qualities such as passion, drive, and determination.

In this inspiration-packed article we let some of our best athletes (and their moms) share some lessons about their rises and falls, and, perhaps most importantly, how to commit to something greater than ourselves.

Gabby Douglas – Gymnastics

Just a year ago, no one expected Gabby to become the all-around gold medalist.

Words from Gabby: “Hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made.” More…

Ryan Hall – Long Distance Running

Ryan Hall won the marathon at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials and placed tenth in the Olympic marathon in Beijing. He holds the U.S. record in the half marathon.

Words from Ryan: “I think there are some common threads among Olympians like determination, hard work, talent, supportive people, etc., and then there are some qualities that are unique to the individual. What I have since learned on my journey is that it has taken an incredible amount of resilience. I have had to get back up after falling down over and over and over again in my career. There have been many more challenging races and disappointments than successes. I have found that it’s not the ability to never fail that makes an Olympian but the ability to get back up.” More…

Debbie Phelps – Mom to swimmer Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps became the most-decorated Olympian of all time in London.

Words from Debbie: “Through high school, Michael took on the credits he needed for graduation, and there was no fluff—no phys ed, art or music class. In order for him to get up in the morning, go to practice, come into school late, or be able to leave early, he had to meet his responsibilities and get the credits that he needed to be able to graduate.” More…

David Boudia – Diving

David Boudia (pronounced boh-DIE-uh) qualified for his first international diving competition at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since.

Words from David: “There wasn’t specifically a person I looked up to. It was more about the Olympics in general. When I was seven, I was watching with my family and just thought how cool that would be to represent your country. The Olympics is about bringing the world together and learning how to go through struggles. That’s what inspired me before my career and that’s been my inspiration ever since I was striving towards the 2008 Games.” More…

Missy Franklin – Swimming

After winning five medals (four gold), setting two world records and doing it all as a bubbly 17-year-old, Missy Franklin became a household name and one of the stars of the London Games.

Words from Missy: “A huge part of swimming for me is I love it, and it is so much fun, and I think a reason that it is so much fun for me is I have this whole other life outside of it, where I am able to be a teenage girl and enjoy life. I really want to get that college experience in, and hopefully I will have the chance to go pro later on. I would love that money, obviously. Who wouldn’t? I know, at the end of the day, even though I have to turn down that money, it is the right decision for me.” More…

Other great finds from the London Games:
- Get to know the US athletes
- Global country winners and losers
- Top 10 list: Best moments from London Games
- 50 Memorable Moments of the Games
- Video – Best of London Olympics 2012


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