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The Olympics Top Twenty Quotes

Updated on June 4, 2012

2012 Olympics

London is the next city to stage the Olympics in 2012, it has also staged the Olympics previously in1948 and 1908.

It is a great honour for a city to host the Olympic games, but it isn't always plain sailing. Here are some of my favourite quotes for the Olympics and the cities.

Olympic Quotes

The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them. Pierre de Coubertin.

The Olympic games exists for the art of the possible,rather than ideals.Without such a stance, the Games would never take place at all. Simon Barnes, journalist

Sydney should have come last time they would have beat Atlanta. Dick Pound, IOC Board member.

The six colours, including the white background, represent the colours of all the world's flags... this is a true international emblem. Pierre de Coubertin

A more open China awaits the Olympic Games. Newspaper headline.

For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art. Avery Brundage, American sports Administrator

My wife and I came to Canada for the 1994 Commonwealth Games and we really liked the B.C. lifestyle and environment. The following year we applied to become permanent residents. We moved here in 1996 after the Atlanta Olympics. Jon Brown.

The Olympics are the most significant generator of investment and private equity in the world today. Andrew Young, leader of the successful Atlanta bid.

Olympism is not a system - it is a state of mind. This state of mind has emerged from a double cult: that of effort and that of Eurythmy - a taste of excess and a taste of measure combined. Pierre de Coubertin.

The world awaits Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Olympics, an occasion which will bring into the global spotlight the dramatic advances China is making in enhancing the quality of life for its people. Alexander Haig.

The Greek Olympic Committee have decided not to take part in any events marking the 100th anniversary of the revival of the modern Olympics . Statement after Athens lost out to Atlanta in the bid for the 1996 Games.

When we stage the Olympics (London) it will inspire kids all over the country. A kid in Scotland or Ireland will be encouraged to take up sport. Daley Thompson.

We need the Olympic games to feed and clothe our children. Chen Xitong. Secretary of the Beijing Communist Party

The Athens Olympics will be meaningful even though I cannot participate as an athlete, since I can participate in the flame relay all over the world. Cathy Freeman.

Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Olivia newton John.

If you want Olympic Games,don't start wars. HRH Duke of Edingburgh, 1980

The Montreal Olympics made money,like their predecessors from 1964 onwards.But all the city projects were lumped into the games' balance sheet. It's the redevelopment of Montreal that is still being paid for. Charles Palmer.


The Olympic Spirit is neither the property of one race nor of one age. Pierre de Coubertin.

The IOC now believe that whatever the host city, the income will vary by only a small percentage. Dick Pound.

I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself. Jesse Owens


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