‘It’s something I’ve worked so hard for – 120 miles,week in week out. What you put into it is what you get out.’ Mo Farah on winning his Olympic gold medal in the 10,000m.
‘I was in a right old state. There are so many moments in the four years when you are doubting yourself. You only see the final polished product but it’s four years of hard work, injury, defeat, it is not a glamorous thing to be a cyclist, you have to put a lot of hard work in and that is what makes these moments so special.’ Sir Chris Hoy, Britain’s most successful Olympian with six gold medals.
I knew she was capable of something great,’ said David Baker, chairman and head coach of Matrix Taekwondo about Olympic champion, Jade Jones. ‘It was her willingness to train. She loved training. She never complained if the training was too hard.’
‘I think the message is really, whatever sport you’re doing, even if it’s just a job if you work hard at, if you’re dedicated you can achieve anything. Anything’s possible.’ Boxing Olympic champion, Nicola Adams.
Listening to the medallists during these games has been a useful reminder that for every golden moment, there’s a story of fighting against the odds, of overcoming rejection, pain and self-doubt in order to succeed. Sometimes the goal seems distant, impossible to reach, but the only way to reach it is to keep going.
Congratulations to each and every one of the inspiring Olympic champions who never stopped fighting for their dreams.
Photos by kind permission of daughter, Caroline, who was lucky enough to be there to see Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford win their gold medal.