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The 2016 Summer Olympics are almost here! I have such respect for the hard work, determination and sacrifices that these athletes make on a daily basis.  So, in honor of the Summer Olympics, I thought I’d share some motivational quotes from our US Olympians which we can apply to our daily lives.

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
–Jesse Owens, USA track and field gold medalist

“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it.  If you do, you’ll win.  If you don’t, you won’t.”
–Bruce Jenner, USA medalist in the decathlon

“I’m trying to do the best I can.  I’m not concerned about tomorrow, but with what goes on today.”
–Mark Spitz, USA gold medalist in swimming

“I like added pressure.  It makes me work harder.”
–Mary Lou Retton, USA gold medalist in gymnastics

“There’s always a point where you get knocked down. But I draw on what I’ve learned on the track: If you work hard, things will work out.”
–Lolo Jones, Olympic hurdler

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
–Wilma Rudolph, USA gold medalist in track and field

“Focus, discipline, hard work, goal setting and, of course, the thrill of finally achieving your goals. These are all lessons in life.”
–Kristi Yamaguchi, USA gold medalist in figure skating