Quotes of the London Games13 august 2012, 10:32
Some of the best quotes from the Olympic Games which end later Sunday:
"I am the greatest living athlete."
- Usain Bolt after his 100m-200m double.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt. ©AFP
"It's my motivation. My friends back home call me a warrior. In fact I'm a butterfly-faced warrior."
- Bronze medallist in the women's 400m DeeDee Trotter on her unique face design.
US' Deedee Trotter. ©AFP
"I have been dubbed 'the girl who puts the glamour into hammer'."
- Hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon.
Britain's Sophie Hitchon. ©AFP
"About a year ago I was not sure I would be alive. It's winning just being here, speaking to you guys."
- Czech badminton player Petr Koukal less than two years after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
"Don't hate the player, hate the game."
- Danish badminton player Jan O Jorgensen shows some sympathy for the eight players expelled in the women's doubles 'match-throwing' scandal.
"I saw the president in the audience as I was coming and I thought 'oh fuck, what am I going to do? Now I play the number one and the president is here. I do not want to get my ass kicked'."
- Finland badminton player Ville Lang felt the pressure increase during his singles match against Lee Chong Wei which he lost.
"We couldn't shoot into a lake."
- Nigeria men's basketball coach Ayodele Bakare bemoans his team's scoring problems in a 72-53 defeat by Lithuania.
Nigerian coach Ayodele Bakare. ©AFP
"Sometimes it's just the beer and bikinis that get people to come and watch, but it's the competition that's keeping them there."
- USA gold medallist Kerri Walsh Jennings on the attractions of beach volleyball.
US Kerri Walsh Jennings. ©AFP
"When I used to go running I used to see all these crackheads and drug addicts. I didn't want to be like them."
- Women's middleweight gold medallist Claressa Shields on growing up in Flint, Michigan.
Claressa Shields of the USA. ©AFP
"Our opponents were better than us and we must congratulate them and prepare for our next race. In the pub."
- Czech Republic canoeist Filip Dvorak.
Czech Republic's Jaroslav Radon (L) and Filip Dvorak. ©AFP
"Our sport involves two living beings, and horses have their bad hair days just as we do."
- Germany's equestrian coach Otto Becker on why the team failed to make the jumping final.
"She has a broken knee and maybe I wasn't concentrating as hard as I should have been. I am human and I didn't want to hurt her."
- Judoka Daria Pogorzelec of Poland on her defeat to Abigel Joo of Hungary.
"He knew when, pardon my language, he had to be an asshole and when to be a nice guy."
- Rowing silver medallist Malcolm Howard of Canada pays tribute to Mike Spracklen, the British-born Canadian men's rowing eight coach.
"This race was shit. There's no point in having a Porsche if you don't know how to drive it."
- Rower Olaf Tufte of Norway takes himself to task after finishing second to world champion Mahe Drysdale in the heats of the single scull.
Norway's Olaf Tufte. ©AFP
"My composure was a little shaky in the qualifying rounds, but in the final I came out with fire in my bottom."
- US gymnast Savannah Vinsant finished sixth in the trampoline final.
US Savannah Vinsant. ©AFP
"They picked me for a doping test. They simply cannot believe that such a great body can be built without any banned stuff."
- Three-time Olympic champion water polo player Zoltan Szecsi of Hungary.
Hungary's goalkeeper Zoltan Szecsi. ©AFP
"He's got to wear his big boy pants."
- US wrestling coach Mark Manning on how his charge Jordan Burroughs must handle the pressure of competing for the gold medal in the men's 74kg category against Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran.