Who Said What about

Olympic Games

You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Olympic Games. 297 people are quoted and you can read 445 citations of them about Olympic Games. Thomas Bach, Vladimir Putin and Lee Hee-beom, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Thomas Bach said: “This was a courtesy visit and there was a very good open and friendly atmosphere. Hopefully this has prepared the ground for successful negotiations between the NHL and international federation. Of course, we all want see the best players at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, and we know the players feel the same. Therefore, we hope even more that the international federation and the NHL will reach a solution to make the Olympic dreams of the players come true.”.

See more

Read all Thomas Bach's quotes about Olympic Games
Read all Vladimir Putin's quotes about Olympic Games
Read all Lee Hee-beom's quotes about Olympic Games
Read all Michael Phelps's quotes about Olympic Games

All quotes about Olympic Games

Automatically powered by
Valerie Kondos-Field

I have read before that it takes about a year for an Olympian to emotionally recharge, just going from the Olympics to all the appearances.

Gareth Southgate

I guess to highlight the difference they (Germany) postponed the start of the Bundesliga because they got a team in the Olympics. We can't even get a team in the Olympics. So that's the collaboration they have.

Tony Estanguet

There won't be any Games in Paris '28. It was very clear with our partners and with our leaders that we only bid for '24. Our project is not possible for '28. Whatever happens – and I don't want to speculate on any election – I'm ready to fight.

Gary Bettman

Why did we do it five times? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time but we have been unable to quantify any benefit from it.

Phil Pacsi

Just know there's a lot of people interested in the same thing and seeing if there is a way to make it work.

Gary Bettman

There are no negotiations ongoing. We were open to having discussions on a variety of things that might mitigate the damage to our season but that had no resonance. As things stand now people should assume we are not going. We're not negotiating pub[...]

Gary Bettman

When the IOC comes to us and says, by the way we know it cost $15 to $20 million to send your players between insurance, charter costs and accommodations for the players' ... well we're not going to pay for that. If they don't value our participatio[...]

Bas Lansdorp - Mars

Buying into Mars One, is buying into content, while buying into Boeing or Airbus is buying into technology. I think that throughout last 30 years, we see that content has become more valuable. High impact content like the Olympics, Formula 1 and big[...]

Eileen Shiffrin

I feel like she knows her limits and now says: 'I can't do that interview. I can't take that sponsor,' . We didn't know that last Olympics. We just did everything that we were told to do. And it was overwhelming.

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Having a Muslim woman, especially from the United States, who's played on Team USA, who's medaled at the Olympics, it shows people in and outside of the Muslim communities that it can be done. While I wish there had been another Muslim woman before [...]

Kulsoom Abdullah

This has been the case sometimes, luckily me for with weightlifting. It was not until the Sydney Olympics in 2000, that women first participated in weightlifting. There was also concern that the sport was going to change and people would want to pet[...]

Maxim Agapitov

We hope the suspension will be overturned by the IWF. I have asked to speak about the suspension at the IWF executive committee when it meets in April. We hope that the IWF takes into account the changes we have instituted and the progress we have m[...]

Gene Sykes

In a one-on-one competition politics nets out.

Simone Biles

I've been training my whole life for the Olympics, so this is very different but I'm used to repetition, doing things over and over and long hours in the training gym facilities. I think everyone has their splurge moments, you just need to know how [...]

Simone Biles

My diet is still the same as it's always been. Mainly I try to keep it on the healthy side. When you're training for something you want to be in good shape and I feel like I'm still in pretty good shape from the Olympics.

Tim Vickery

Firstly, I saw the Olympics as a lie, a useful lie for Brazilian football, but still a lie. In the final, a strong Brazil team met the German under-23 reserve side. Brazil also effectively drew three out of their six games, so it was no revolution. [...]

Antal Csardi

If over a quarter of a million Budapest citizens have determined that they want to decide in a referendum about the Olympics, it is only right if we give them this opportunity.

Istvan Tarlos

Everything that is going on is no longer about sports. The saddest thing … is what kind of image the country is creating itself abroad with this circus surrounding the Olympics.

Erzsebet Nemeth

It would only be fair for the city council to reject this motion and leave the decision about whether to host the Olympics to the voters.

Istvan Tarlos

It was not our idea to host the Olympic Games in Budapest. We started it at the HOC's request.

Anna Orosz

The risks are so big that they simply cannot be taken, considering how huge the corruption problem is in the country. Very few other countries have been able to host profitable Olympics. Most of them made a loss.

Istvan Tarlos

In cities where referendums were held, with the sole exception of the Winter Games in Vancouver, Olympics were never held. The extraordinary assembly ... will likely take place before noon Wednesday.

Istvan Tarlos

I never insisted on the Olympics. There is no point dragging out this process like strudel dough.

Jules Boykoff

I think you're assuming there's some deeper-level thinking going on here. I'm afraid that's just not happening. We're seeing in city after city, citizens are asking big and important questions even before they get the Olympics. The word is out that [...]

Sundar Pichai - Google

I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams, you can accomplish everything you set your mind to – from working at Google to swimming at the Olympics. I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school! [...]

Hiromi Sakushima

I came today because I thought it's great that my old mobile phones will become medals for the 2020 Olympics Games.

Rami Anis

Sport gives everyone a chance, and what happened at the Rio Olympics showed people around the world who have trouble and fear in their lives that there is hope.

Mike Tirico

The 11 prime-time Olympics may never be touched.

Mike Tirico

I knew Bob wasn't going to stay in the job for 20 more years, but I didn't know if they were going to choose me or when it would happen.

Bob Costas

It just felt to me like the right time and it's felt like the right time for a while. This was a good time to step away, while I could still do it. Rio had some capstone moments. Michael Phelps was finishing off. So was Usain Bolt. And Simone Biles [...]

Mike Tirico

Hopefully they invite me back for another. I'm just focused on South Korea.

Bob Costas

And, I was younger then.

Bob Costas

This is entirely on my terms and I like it that way. I'm not retiring, I'm just transitioning. Somehow even in that condition he was just as charismatic and magnetic as he's always been.

Bob Costas

I hope I enhanced people's enjoyment and understanding of the events, and I hope that I presented a sense of the drama, the theater, the excitement and, when appropriate, acknowledged all of the issues involved.

Bob Costas

I was lucky because I was surrounded by tremendous colleagues -- and we kept getting the rights to it. Somehow even in that condition he was just as charismatic and magnetic as he's always been.

Lee Hee-beom

Any athlete from any country is allowed to participate in the 2018 Games as long as they promote peace. North Korea is no exception. I know people expressed some concerns about the current political situation and how it might affect the Olympics. Bu[...]

Simon Gleave

It seems a bit on the high side for Norway, I must admit. But this is what we are showing now in world cups and world championships. The differences are tiny. It would be a bit harsh if we had to get it all right. It's sport. Some sports are incredi[...]

Sung Baik-you

As of now, we are preparing for the Games on the premise that the Russians will be there.

Shaun White

It's right there in the distance for me. I didn't think that would be my last Olympics; I was thinking about Korea. But people kept bringing it up, and it kept getting spun in the media about that being it for me and I should retire. And I started l[...]

Shaun White

It's going to take a little learning curve but it won't be too dramatic.

Arnand Simon

It is not as easy as you might think... everything happens so quickly. With the human eye it is very, very difficult to be able to tell who is doing better or who is leading. But with technology we can show many aspects from a skiers speed to their [...]

Peter Hutton

Subject to all the approvals from federations and the International Olympic Committee, I'm hopeful we will be able to use some very cool technology to bring more data to the sports than ever before, . We've seen tests of patches which show not only [...]

Choi Kwang-shik

The Winter Olympics will let us show that we have reached the level of an advanced nation.

Rene Fasel - International Olympic Committee

I think it was very important to get us and the IOC and NHL/NHLPA together. This was a courtesy visit and I hope we can build on this and continue to work to a solution that will benefit the sport of ice hockey.

Anne Hidalgo

In a context of a terror threat hanging over all big cities in the world, we witnessed the efficiency and the relevance of the security measures put in place in Paris.

Andras Fekete-Gyor

The Olympics is a great thing, so we can organise it in 2036 if you want but we have to use this money for other purposes. It is ridiculous that they didn't ask the people. This is a mega project in Hungary, and they just forgot about the people. It[...]

John Tavares

It can be used as a sensitive issue. You can make the argument on the negative impact it can make during the regular season, but then globally, the positive impact it can make. There's a lot of talk about China and preseason games and the growth the[...]

Attila Juhász

In a certain point the Olympics is important. But, in Budapest – and probably in the whole country – there is a wide layer of the society who is against this, and you can see it on the growing number of the signatures that it definitely has a mobili[...]

Keisuke Kurimoto - Health Services

We're using this as an opportunity, a goal. Of course, this isn't the only reason, the health impact is our main priority.

Yasuhisa Shiozaki

According to the World Health Organisation, Japan's measures to prevent passive smoking are among the world's worst. We're using this as an opportunity, a goal.

Vivian Cheruiyot

The world record can be broken... Kipchoge can do it. The time can still come down from the current (2:02:57), but 1:59:59 is setting the bar too high. They could have set it below the current world record. Running a marathon in under two hours is i[...]

Manabu Sakuta

The situation for preventing passive smoking in Japan is on a level with that in a developing nation. We hope for improvement so there will not be lots of problems with passive smoking in all the parts of Tokyo that do not meet the Olympic standards[...]

Gary Bettman

There's the worldwide stage that the Olympics provides except they don't promote NHL hockey. They take the players and run their own tournament. It's great to have the world's best-on-best play but, in the final analysis, the restrictions that the I[...]

Eric Garcetti

In today's political landscape, I don't need to tell you that finding common ground isn't always easy, but there is common ground here today.

Rick Horrow

The use of existing infrastructure is incredibly compelling to the IOC.

Jérôme Bocuse

What we expect for the next 30 years is just a reflection of what is happening in the world. And today for the 30 year anniversary we have for the first time a plate which is only 100 percent vegetal and of course I think it is a trend all over the [...]

Mathew Peters

It was a long year, actually a couple of years, you know what? It was all worth it.

Masayuki Tamaki

I think the selection process of the venue seems rather strange. The fact that a club which does not allow women as full regular members was selected for Olympics is also difficult to understand.

Eiko Ohya

Kasumigaseki is a exclusively high-class private club, and normal people are not able to play there unless they are introduced by a full member. In addition, as mentioned by the moderator, women are not able to become full regular members of the clu[...]

Kiyoshi Imamura

The steel market has been under pressure due to massive China production and exports in the past two years, but things look different now as China's demand has recovered while its exports have declined.

Marx Beltrão

We still have a lot to do to benefit in an efficient manner from the image legacy of the Olympic Games.

Sasha Rearick

Why not? It's Bode Miller. Bode is going to do something. But first he's going to have to qualify for the Olympics.

Sasha Rearick

Bode is going to do something. But first he's going to have to qualify for the Olympics. We have a strong team in downhill. But I expect Bode to come out here and work hard and charge and bring the love of the sport to the team.

Alex Wang

We should hope for central inspection teams to bring the same sort of rigour to local enforcement in surrounding areas that we see when major international events like the APEC meeting or the Beijing Olympics come to town.

Viola Davis

Every day was an acting Olympics. There was no scene where you just walked in and put down a pot.

David Aromin

It's for a great cause. I'm new to Alaska, and this is one way to be baptized.

Brittany Petrikos

We're not from here, so we wanted to do the Alaskan experience, and this is just a part of it.

Jesper Koll - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Once the buildings for the Olympics are being built, then the next construction boom is going to be the integrated resorts.

Craig Spence - International Paralympic Committee

Some of our smaller national Paralympic committees, who took out loans to pay for their travel for the Games, are now in serious danger of defaulting on their repayments.

Craig Spence - International Paralympic Committee

Never have we faced an issue like this with an organizing committee being so late paying travel grants.

Liz Nicholl

Despite the most successful Olympic Games since 2004 for GB Badminton, the decision presents a catastrophic impact on the sport.

Adrian Christy

We are staggered by this decision, it is incomprehensible.

Liz Nicholl

But the reality is that we have to prioritise within agreed resources to protect and enhance the medal potential within the system.

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

While some progress has been made with RUSADA's efforts to regain compliance with the Code, there remain a number of challenges that must be addressed before that can happen.

Richard McLaren

The Russian Olympic team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established. This corruption involved the ongoing use of prohibited substances, washout testing and false reporting. The [...]

Christophe Dubi

We had glitches. But when everyone comes back with a big smile, you know the games have been a success.

Mark Adams

Were they perfect games? No. Someone described them as the most perfect imperfect games, which I think is actually quite a good characterization. There were problems, but what is fantastic is the way those problems were overcome.

Christophe Dubi

The games worked. Were they perfect? No. The organizers faced immense difficulties. But, in the end, you have to take your hat off. It's extraordinary what they have delivered.

Mark Adams

Someone described them as the most perfect imperfect games.

Mark Adams

As you remember in the lead-up to the games, we are all going to die of Zika or poisoned water or we were all going to be mugged in the streets. As it turns out we find out that the games were the most universal, the most consumed ever.

Lee Hee-beom

Unlike the Summer Olympics, the Winter Games are usually held in mountain clusters, so in that sense Pyeongchang is not very well known around the world, like Seoul or London or Tokyo.

Lee Hee-beom

When I was a government minister I solved many difficult issues, including a nuclear disposal site. It's that kind of achievement I think that made me president of POCOG.

Lee Hee-beom

I can say that the POCOG organization, and also the contracts within our organization, were not contaminated, were not influenced by outside factors.

Lee Hee-beom

Most of the tenders for procurement were done through the public tender process, which cannot be affected by outside factors. Most of the articles quoted in the domestic media were exaggeration or distortion.

Lee Hee-beom

The Olympic Games is not just about sports.

Trip Chowdhry - Global Equities Research

If you think about this quarter, it's as good as it can get because two major events happened in a single quarter. You have U.S. elections and the Olympics. This is not going to repeat for the next four years.

Andy Hargreaves - Pacific Crest Securities

We continue to recommend buying NFLX. ... Continued reactions to Netflix's price increase and distraction from the Olympics should restrain sub growth in Q3. However, both of these factors should begin to wane in Q4, which, along with growing local [...]

Jeremy Darroch

We added customers at a good rate, albeit the quarter got off to a slow start due to the tail end of Euro 2016 and the Rio Olympics, both big free-to-air events.

Francois Hollande

I have no idea what the world will look like in 2024, but it will necessarily be dangerous. There is not a single country, or capital, that might think it will be immune. We have been confronted by this reality for a while, but we have what it takes[...]

David B. Wyshner - Avis Budget Group

My sense is that this softness was driven more by security concerns than by the Brexit vote or the Olympics or the broader economy, but all four probably played a role. The silver lining would be that in-country rental volumes were okay, and the res[...]

Giovanni Malagò

Anything can happen but it seems to me improbable that there can be another Italian candidacy for the Olympics for the next 20 years.

Giovanni Malagò

This (bidding to host the Olympics) is like a three-legged table -- the city, the government and CONI (Italy's national Olympic committee). Without one leg the candidacy loses strength. We have accepted this situation while at the same time understa[...]

Virginia Raggi

It's more than an Olympics of sports, it appears to be an Olympics of 'bricks.

Gary Bettman

The game plan is to use this (World Cup) as a foundation for new, more energized effort to give us a bigger presence outside of North America.

Gary Bettman

The fact we are doing a World Cup and we believe it is going to be huge success, and that we are going to continue to do it on a regular basis does not mean we can't also do the Olympics.

Gary Bettman

The fact that there are complications relevant to the stopping of our season in the middle at a very prime time ... and the difficulties of dealing with the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation are really the f[...]

Junichiro Koizumi

I studied the process, reality and history of the introduction of nuclear power and became ashamed of myself for believing such lies.

Junichiro Koizumi

It is not under control. They keep saying they can do it, but they can't.

Jill McDonald - Halfords Group

We did see continued decline in sat nav (sales), but dash cam continues to grow significantly as more insurance companies offer incentive to motorists to install dash cams.

Peter Salama

But certainly we feel fairly confident that the risk assessment that there (would) be no significant increase in transmission due to the Olympics is fairly much on track.

Peter Salama

Many people have been tested and there have been no confirmed cases. We feel fairly confident that the risk assessment that there would be no significant increase of transmission due to the Olympics seems to be on track.

Peter Salama

"Many people have been tested and there have been no confirmed cases". "We feel fairly confident that the risk assessment that there would be no significant increase of transmission due to the Olympics seems to be on track".

David Heymann - Health Protection Agency

This still does remain an emergency of international concern. This extraordinary event is rapidly becoming, unfortunately, an ordinary event.

Bob Dorfman

But gaming and anime are certainly major aspects of modern Japan, and Mario is a universal icon. As someone who doesn't take sports or the Olympics too seriously, I found the whole thing pretty funny and entertaining.

Jeffrey Kingston

I think the bump up was due to the feel-good factor of Japan doing well in the Olympics and 'Super Mario' is irrelevant.

Monica Puig

I know that there's no doubt in my mind that I can probably win a grand slam because the Olympics was one.

Ariya Jutanugarn

So I know I hurt my knee, so that's why I didn't play very good on the third round (in the Olympics).

Matt Mihaly

I don't mind the plug-and-play camps. It's not the Misery Olympics.

Lydia Ko

The Olympics was surreal, a week like I've never experienced before.

Hassan Wario

There was alleged mismanagement of the facilitation of our athletes and the entire team [of] Kenya ranging from accommodation and travel mishaps, mishandling of the accreditation of the list of participants to the provision of kits that never reache[...]

Roger Federer

I never really had pain, funny enough. It just felt unstable.

Roger Federer

When it's swollen, you can't compete at the best level.

Yuriko Koike

Let's work together with everyone to hold a great Olympics and Paralymics as the Olympic flag, which just arrived, is a symbol of.

Katie Ledecky

I think I've gotten stronger and a lot's happened in four years. I've been to a couple world championships, more international meets, another Olympics, I've gone through high school, I'm heading out to college. Looking back four years ago, a lot has[...]

Emily Samuelson - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

I got addicted to saving, (and) I started investing at 14. Good, honest direction is lacking in the Olympic sphere when it comes to finances.

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

These were marvelous Olympic Games in the 'marvelous city'. I declare the Games of the XXXI Olympiad closed.

Jessica Sjoberg

A growing shift towards digital is just a reality that broadcasters need to adapt to ... by developing services and platforms that correspond to new viewing behaviours.

Augusta Porto

We are very resilient, we didn't leave anything important unaddressed. We can welcome people despite the serious problems that we have faced in the recent past.

John Coates - International Olympic Committee

It's going to need a lot of careful planning to get people from venue to venue. It's a more complex situation than Rio. On the positive side they have a very good transport infrastructure that connects all parts of the city. I think they're up for i[...]

Scott Blackmun

We weren't sure we were going to have that kind of success coming in. The track and swimming teams had plenty of first-time Olympians.

Mo Farah

The atmosphere at the GB house has been amazing in the village.

Yulia Efimova

It was not positive. It was like war.

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

We have to be realistic about numbers – there have been sessions where I would have liked to have seen more people. But we have had good crowds and in the digital space, it's gone through the roof. That shows a real passion.

Dick Pound - World Anti-Doping Agency

Pyeongchang is not all green lights at this point. It will be and it's a very able country.

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

We want to see full stadiums but it hasn't affected the way people have absorbed the event and having some of those finals in the morning has gone down well in Europe.

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

Athletics here has enthralled and entertained. Our sport is alive and incredibly strong.

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

I'm very keen for him to carve out some space to help us to develop the sport and not just in an ambassadorial role.

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

There have always been questions, and I know that from my own experience and from athletes I've trained with.

Vivian Cheruiyot

It was my fourth Olympic Games and I had not had gold. I'm so happy for me, my husband, my son, my parents. This might be the last Olympics for me so I thought maybe God might give me gold.

Paul Fuller

Usain is the greatest of all time. He's put Jamaica on the map. There is nobody…the only person that I can remember being this influential is maybe Bob Marley for Jamaica, and we are so proud of them.

Ginette Schroetter

Of course we had to win. I'm very proud of each of them and Usain, but I'm very disappointed he won't continue running.

Renaud Lavillenie

If this is a nation where they only want Brazil and they spit on others, then you should not organize the Olympics. I expected some whistles, and it would have shocked me, but I didn't expect it to be so violent.

Shiv Putcha

While new disruptors are not yet putting a dent in the [traditional TV] business, they are stealing away future users. [T]raditional media companies [rely on social media] to engage with the millennials they are currently losing and tech companies [[...]

Kirk Smith

If you're going to be spending billions of dollars to host an event, you're going to want to have a level of certainty that you're not going to have to cancel it at the last minute.

John Balmes

If we project out to the 22nd century, then there are only 4 cities in the world that can host the summer Olympics and that would be Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast.

John Balmes

Our study using climate change projection shows that there will be very few cities at the end of the century that will be able to hold the summer Olympics as we know them today.

Justine Fedronic

We'll see how the regulations will change. I think the Olympics will probably bring a lot more eyes to the issue than there have been before. It's an issue of protecting human rights, but I guess the decision is who has to be protected?

Sue Bird

Obviously I felt a huge relief. The hardest part is waiting and not knowing. So, to finally get the thumbs-up from the doc that everything was okay was incredibly relieving and exciting, and obviously I'm very happy.

Agatha Bednarczuk

It still hasn't sunk in what we've done, beating a player who has never lost at the Olympics.

Cety Soledade

Since they still don't have famous faces yet, people try to associate [the painted images] with some artist or movement leader. When we tell them they are the refugees, people congratulate us and are happy. They say this is the best choice for a mur[...]

Rodrigo Sini

For me, they're already gold medal champions. There is no medal that justifies the pleasure or the weight each of them carries, for the story each of them has, for the determination and courage they all had when they had to abandon their home countr[...]

Lydia Ko

It was my first eagle at the Olympics. So I think it's great.

Ariya Jutanugarn

I had one double but I felt OK. I want to play my game and not worry about it.

Miriam Nagl

Being in my home country and golf being back in the Olympic Games ... it's just very special to me.

Danell Leyva

This was absolutely a redemption, not only for me but for the team as well. My success is as much for the team as it is for me.

Hillary Clinton

When you got out and compete, not everyone can win, but you have got to do your best. Can you imagine Michael Phelps or Simone Biles or all these other great American athletes in the locker rooms saying, Well I don't know, I am to afraid to go out a[...]

Simone Biles

Your first Olympics you walk away with five medals, that's not tough at all. Especially four being gold, that's just unheard of. I'm very proud.

Simone Biles

It's kind of scary with this public eye being on me all the time. It's rewarding but I think we'll get used to it.

Simone Biles

I would never rank myself. It's weird.

Aimee Boorman

I think that she was really consistent, that was a big thing for her. That was the goal. Not to come in and win five golds but to show what she trained.

Martha Karolyi

I'm so proud of these girls. I'm going out very happy, very satisfied.

Chester King - eGames

The reason why we have established what we are doing on the eGames is the fact that we were concerned that e-sports was going too much down the poker route, it was all about money rather than national pride.

Darya Klishina

With the appeal now behind me, I can thankfully focus my time and attention on competing tomorrow night and enjoying my Olympic experience, which I have dreamed of since I first began long jumping as a young girl.

Mark Adams

Throughout the Games, the same in London (in 2012) when you are the center of attention of the world, there are massive attempts every day all day long to break our security. We have it all year round anyway but it's particularly intense at the mome[...]

JJ Kinahan - TD Ameritrade

This might be the weekend when people go out to stores, because last night was the most excitement I've had so far.

Paul Hickey

You have increased competition. Under Armour is a public company out there now competing for more sponsorships. It's more expensive for the companies involved.

Monica Puig

They're going through some tough times and they needed this and I needed this. I love where I come from.

Ester Silva

That road ripped our little community in two. My home is crumbling, all for an Olympics that is not being put on for us poor, yet we are the ones paying the highest price.

Michael Phelps

Being able to close the door on this sport the way I wanted to, that's why I'm happy now.

Mark Adams

It's important, that the Olympics isn't just a kind of little European or American club.

Nico Hernandez

We said when we get there, we're going to medal. We're finally here.

Kim Rhode

When I started the Olympics I was 16 in 1996, I am 37 now and a mom, and who would have thought? It's been an incredible journey.

Galal Nassar

As long as you agreed to play an Israeli champion in the Olympics, you should have exchanged the greeting.

Kelly Whiteside

I think the audience would be even greater.

Mark Lazarus - National Broadcasting Company

The way we create our storytelling and our narrative, mixed in with incredibly compelling competition, I think is working for men, women and children. And that's our goal. This is a very big tent and all are welcome. We program, we schedule, and we [...]

Kelly Whiteside

It's almost like a time capsule for me.

Anderson Tyosaii

With the Olympics here, people have been asking about themes linked to the games. A lot of people are looking for scenes of sports images and the Olympic rings, which symbolises unity of nations and people.

Barry Lowenthal - Media Kitchen

Those are really big numbers by today's standards.

Adriana Bahar

Of course, soccer is a passion in Brazil ... but now we want to focus on the 41 other disciplines in the Olympics.

Wang Shun

This situation, I don't know the details. I'm not aware of it, so unfortunately I can't answer your question.

Ryan Murphy

My goal was to win one gold. That was a real breakthrough for me to be able to win that one. The 100 back was an event that comes a little bit more natural. The 200 back is an event I really have to dig deep for, so this one means a little bit more [...]

Li Keke

This reported test should be generated by the organizer. The Olympic committee and FINA should know about it. At present, we will continue to monitor.

Joanne Gerstner

We've all grown up playing sports. We have kids that are playing sports. Who are these groups of women they feel are so alien to sports that they have to be catered to in this way? I don't know who these people are.

Yulia Efimova

Of course I wanted gold like any other athlete, especially at the Olympics, and it was so close. But I was really pleased with today's medal and the one that came before it because looking back at what happened to me over that time, it's a big step.[...]

Cate Campbell

I should have stepped up and performed better, but that's the way the chips fell. When you're in form coming into an event, it's hard not to think about outcomes and I think I just let my imagination run away with me a little bit.

Sylmara Multini

As long as they do not use the Olympic logo, the Rio 2016 logo or our look, there is no infringement.

Barry Lowenthal - Media Kitchen

Look at what happens with Michael Phelps' face. We are all realizing the Olympics are a very multi-screen, complex experience. It's not as simple as just watching a baseball game. The impact of that is it's going to be more and more fragmentation.

Marc Ganis

How many people would pay five or 10 or 20 dollars to be able to get a better experience with no ads? I'd suspect you would have many people who would sign up for it. I would expect NBC is surveying that now.

Mark Lazarus - National Broadcasting Company

This will be our most economically successful games in history.

Fabian Cancellara

It's quite special, it's an amazing day after 16 years, in the last season before my retirement, to reach a gold medal. I mean I won a gold already in Beijing at the Olympics, and a silver as well and now it's just a fantastic day. I'm happy, proud,[...]

Svetlana Khorkina

I think this is absolutely reprehensible. It destroys the spirit that's existed for over 100 years at the Olympics.

Michael Phelps

The history him and I have had with one another, it's something special and something I've never had in another competitor of mine. We'll have one more time to hop in the pool and duke it out.

Ryan Lochte

We'll hang out because swimming doesn't dictate our friendship.

Henrik Stenson

It has a slightly different feel and it should have, it is the Olympics.

Anouk Verge-Depre

It's only the second set she's lost in the Olympics. I'm proud of that.

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Those are great girls. It's a hazard of the job. I was just feeling for her.

Majlinda Kelmendi

I was young but I could see that my country needed to be represented in the world. I knew that I can do it much better and much easier than the other ones in my country. Today I am very happy that this medal is for Kosovo, that this medal did not go[...]

Majlinda Kelmendi

It's the kind of sport which [teaches] you to have respect for everything and everybody, when I started judo I changed completely. As a kid I was so quiet and was even afraid to maybe go out in the street. Then I started to do judo and I have a stro[...]

Leo Tristao - Airbnb

It is the first time we are bringing home-sharing officially to the Olympic Games. We are ensuring that anyone who wants to come to attend the Olympics has a place to stay in Rio.

Missy Franklin

It's so hard, knowing all the work you put in every day, and then to get here and be so far behind where you feel like you can be.

Travis Tygart

The level of frustration among athletes is at an all time high.

Serena Williams

It was a great opportunity. It didn't work out the way I wanted it to, but at least I was able to make it to Rio. That was one of my goals.

Carl Forti

We made the determination the Olympics offered a large, captive audience who weren't channel surfing. And in the case of Mitt Romney, we had a candidate who turned around the Salt Lake Olympics and had a unique story to tell.

Mark Lazarus - National Broadcasting Company

One of the indicators of changing viewer habits, especially with these Olympics, is that our digital consumption has more than tripled from London in each of the first three days of full competition. We've also been pleasantly surprised that our mul[...]

Phillip Dutton

I try to watch what I eat, depending on what the day is like I do some other sports. He (Mighty Nice) may have another Olympics.

Serena Williams

Obviously, I am very disappointed. The better player won today but I can't wait for next time. That will be a really good match and I look forward to it.

Kristin Armstrong

I had a choice at that moment to take it and get super nervous and say, Oh my gosh. Or I could say, I've probably ridden in the rain on my time-trial bike more than anybody out here,' so I just tricked my mind and said, Take it,'.

Matt Smith

It's much more stressful when we have unfair wind.

Michael Schirp

The German Olympic Team is a late bloomer at every Games, London was pretty much the same. Nevertheless we cheer today's first three medals.

Michael Jung

He's so strong in the cross country he can run every hill and he can jump every fence.

Michael Jung

We have a very special partnership in the show jumping.

Elina Svitolina

I'm really happy I could take risks. I was expecting that I can play well, as well, and just push her to her limits. Obviously, she was not playing well today.

Donald J. Trump

It's a little early to spend. You know it's like the racehorse, right? Hangs back, hangs back, hangs back. And I think we've got some pretty good ads. But we don't want to go too fast.

Vinicius Lummertz

It's democracy in action. When you think of the size of this democracy, and the youth of this democracy, it tells good things about us.

Mark Adams

I hope everyone understands that the Games should not become a platform for political debate. I think a lot of people appreciate that. But absolutely, we respect the rule of law.

Al Trautwig - National Broadcasting Company

They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.

Al Trautwig - National Broadcasting Company

I regret that I wasn't more clear in my wording on the air. I compounded the error on Twitter, which I quickly corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone's parents.

Kohei Uchimura

If you don't win gold there, the judges just don't formulate a very good impression of you. If Russia or China were to win in Glasgow, the sense would be that they'll probably win in the Olympics.

Robert Opp - World Food Programme

An estimated 25 per cent of that food, about 75 tonnes a day, is rejected.

Robert Opp - World Food Programme

Around 10 per cent of the European Union's fresh fruits and vegetables come from Kenya, and when produce makes it to the airport it gets sorted there for the cosmetic standards.

Yulia Efimova

I really don't know how I even reached the final ... it would have really been the end of a fairytale, a horrible dream, if I'd won gold.

Ibtihaj Muhammad

There is that silver lining in the sense that you do have that team event. I know that the Americans didn't perform in the way that we wanted, but I love my team, I love my teammates and I believe in them. I believe in myself. I believe in us, and I[...]

Angelo Squeo

We want the game to be more transparent. We want the players to be happy with the decisions. We want the game to reflect what happens on the field of play.

Angelo Squeo

I cannot imagine now for a moment going back. For sure, players are happy, spectators are happy, because the match doesn't end on a mistake. It's an essential device.

Missy Franklin

I really just want to do well, more for my team than anything else. I think if I go out there and do my best, my whole team is going to know that. They mean the world to me, so I want to make them proud. I'm really focusing on making sure I'm doing [...]

David Wells - Netflix

So with an assumption of a hit from the Olympics which largely affects us in the past on gross adds, or on new subscribers coming in, that's going to affect in terms of a year-over-year trend. We expect that to be a meaningful – a small but still me[...]

Paul Verna - eMarketer

People want their live sports content, but they don't care how they get it.

Diego Dzodan - Facebook

During the event, there were 52 million people interacting on Facebook around the Olympic Games, generating 9 million interactions.

Missy Franklin

The first race of any meet is always tough.

Elena Smirnova

It is clear why this happens. This is politics. And when politics is mixed with other spheres of life – culture, sport – it is outrageous. What can we do? Well, nothing. Maybe the only thing to do would be to simply boycott this Olympics, maybe this[...]

Katie Ledecky

I feel like every year at the big championship meets, my stroke just feels as good as it ever has. Once I get going, it's kind of hard to stop.

Madelein Meppelink

I can think of points that I wished we had the challenge system.

Yulia Efimova

Well, I don't know what to say. I mean, I was crazy the last half-year and just don't understand what's going on and everything. I'm just happy to be here and I'm ready to race.

Katie Ledecky

That's the easiest it's felt to go under 4 minutes. So that bodes well for tonight.

Anthony Ervin

That's ancient history, man.

Michael Phelps

That's something I've had the privilege to be a part of since 2004, and I'm hoping to have the opportunity again. It's always super-fast and there are always some wild, crazy splits that take place.

Michael Phelps

You can probably pick three or four teams that are going to have a chance to win that relay. The Australians made a significant charge over the past couple of years with their men's and women's teams combined. A lot of younger guys really stepped up[...]

Michael Phelps

I do know that the coaching staff will put out the four fastest guys, whoever that is. I'm looking forward to either watching or being in that race.

Carmine Tommasone

I am not happy but I (had) fun. The Olympics is the top dream of any athlete.

Maggie Steffens

We've talked about water polo, and how much we've had players before us pioneer our sport. Women's water polo wasn't even in the Olympics until 2000. And we had women who, in '76 and the '80s and '90s, dreamed of being in the Olympics and never got [...]

Mary Joe Fernandez

She's used to not feeling 100 percent with her Sjongren's, and I think that's why we saw her compete and fight to the end. Credit to Flipkens, who hung around and defended so well and made her play extra shots.

Kate Wilton - Speedo

A lot more energy now goes into the actual design of the suit and its print. The suits have become more colorful.

Chuck Wielgus

It's not that we are opposed to science, but we want the performance on the athletes to be gauged on their hard work, on what they're able to accomplish without technological aids, specifically swimsuits. The swimming suit manufacturers are always p[...]

Luiz Alberto Araujo

The poor, we don't really get to experience the Olympics. We are close in distance, but far away. We still have fun, but this party is for foreigners, for the rich.

Kirsten Flipkens - Belarus

This is just one of the most epic matches in my life.

Bernard Gershon

If I'm in a business in this month that is relying on foot traffic or eyeballs and I don't have Olympic programing, it's going to be a bad month. They really have stepped up the way you can consume the content and see it on multiple screens.

Brian Wieser - Pivotal Research Group

Olympics is a convenient excuse. Historically, on the ad industry, the impact was pretty limited. The money associated with advertising, not related to the Olympics, still showed up.

David Hertz

After the Olympics and the Paralympics, this place will continue as a social business.

Kate Wilton - Speedo

Obviously, we love it when people can push innovation a little bit more. If that happens, we'll be ready.

Chuck Wielgus

We don't have any big issue in this.

Sally Smith - Buffalo Wild Wings

Olympics certainly don't hurt us. They are incremental events and times when people gather to watch sporting events.

Adam Jones - PricewaterhouseCoopers

A mega-event such as the Olympics provides an unparalleled platform and potential reach either to preserve or build more market share, to launch new branding campaigns or new products or services.

Andrew Zimbalist

The problem is that you shouldn't create an economic catastrophe, and massive economic debt, every time you host an Olympics.

Andrew Zimbalist

There usually is a sense of pride, there is usually a sense of social cohesion. But that lasts for several weeks, several months, and then it goes away.

Carlos Caicedo - IHS

When Rio was chosen to host the Olympics in 2009, Brazil was at the top of the world. But since then, the situation in Brazil and globally has deteriorated. I think the turning point was in 2014, when something that seemed insignificant led to the b[...]

Ricardo Mendes

Businesses and consumers are feeling more positive and [2017 GDP] estimates are now slightly positive, but at least they're positive.

Carlos Caicedo - IHS

There are very few countries with a company like Petrobras. Petrobras alone accounts for more than 5 percent of Brazil's GDP.

Andrea Murta

Petrobras will never be the same company it used to be, but I think that's a good thing. More foreign investment will be able to come into Brazil's energy industry with the decline of Petrobras.

Ricardo Mendes

Depending on who you talk to, sentiment is too positive.

Andrea Murta

Brazil is in the middle of a perfect storm that hasn't ended.

Andrea Murta

It is almost a foregone conclusion that she will be impeached by the Senate at the end of the month.

Denis Eduardo

No one throws parties like Brazil. People might be bashing Brazil now, as if all previous Olympics had been perfect, but it won't be long until they are all enjoying it here.

Jay Litherland

We really wanted to go to the Olympics together. It's always been a dream of ours. They had a rough time qualifying, but they've been my biggest supporters throughout. They've been proud of me from the beginning.

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

It has been a long and testing journey to get to this point: for all stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, for our Brazilian friends and for the IOC. Rio de Janeiro would not be where it is today, without the Olympic Games as a catalyst. History wil[...]

Paulo Saldiva - World Health Organization

The idea of an Olympic legacy in terms of diminishing air pollution is Utopian. It is unimaginable that a few BRT routes will substantially change the quality of the air. For the Brazilians remaining in Rio after the Olympics have come and gone, the[...]

Kenji Yumoto

This is basically a Tokyo issue. Abe's prestige probably won't be damaged and support for the LDP won't fall.

Yuriko Koike

The Olympics are right in front of us. I want to use them as a chance to build a new Tokyo for beyond 2020.

Joel Vieira

I can't play! I am not allowed to know how it really feels to see the little animals on my cell phone. Because we don't have it in Brazil, yet. But we are having the Olympics.

Robert Field - Goddard Institute for Space Studies

We see drier than normal conditions in the Amazon region, which has also historically led to more fire activity. So one particular impact there, is, depending on what is happening on the ground, and the direction of the winds, the Olympics could be [...]

Margaret Chan - World Health Organization

As long as individuals take appropriate personal protective measures, including the use of a mosquito repellent, including wearing clothing that prevents mosquito bites.

Alexander Zhukov

Сhecking of lists of our sportsmen is now underway. Each of our sports federations is cooperating with the relevant international federations. There are some athletes who do not meet the (doping) criteria of the International Olympic Committee. As a[...]

Kate Hartman - The Coca-Cola Company

We recognize the challenges that have arisen, but we believe the Olympic Games can have a lasting, positive impact on the host community.

Brian Cookson

It would be quite difficult for us to think we should ban an entire team, which will include some cyclists who are not implicated in any of these stories we've been hearing.

Travis Tygart

Many, including clean athletes and whistle-blowers, have demonstrated courage and strength in confronting a culture of state-supported doping and corruption within Russia.

David Carter

Many athletes would like to see Russia smacked down. But they also want to win against truly global competition – and this includes Russia – so as not to devalue their gold medals.

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

While we are thankful that our rules and our power to uphold our rules and the anti-doping code have been supported, this is not a day for triumphant statements. I didn't come into this sport to stop athletes from competing. It is our federation's i[...]

Dmitry Peskov

I certainly regret such a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which refers to absolutely all of our athletes.

Matthieu Reeb

Since the International Olympic Committee was not a party to these arbitrations, the CAS has no jurisdiction to determine whether the IOC is entitled to accept or refuse the nomination by the Russian Olympic Committee of Russian track and field athl[...]

Dmitry Peskov

The principle of collective responsibility is hardly acceptable.

Richard McLaren

The system was set up after Russian authorities felt there was an abysmal medal count by the Russian Olympic team at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and it was in place until at least August of 2015.

Michal Salat - Avast Software

We suspect the level of attacks will rise during the Games. We're quite sure there will be phishing attacks on visitors. Ultimately, it's all about money.

Mark Testoni

The cloud, ultimately, offers more operational security than the distributed systems we've had in the past. The cloud allows you to apply security more rapidly. Often, the things that cause breaches are individual human factors, like, I wasn't able [...]

Reed Hastings - Netflix

Our global membership forecast for Q3 includes an impact from the spectacle of the Olympics.

Vitaly Mutko

Recommendations? It's about the decisions. With respect to the commission, they do not determine the fate of world sport.

Travis Tygart

We're not asking for the worst, and obviously we hope there's no doping going on by states. But if we're not preparing for all potential outcomes, then we're not fulfilling our promise to clean athletes.

Yury Nagornykh

There is no doping program in the Russian Federation, and there never was one.

Doug Mitchelson - UBS

CBS shares have run up this year due to the strength in U.S. national TV advertising and optimism regarding management's long-term forecasts for retransmission consent revenue and CBS All Access and Showtime OTT subscribers. We do not believe the ma[...]

Casey Wasserman

People on the ground will have an incredible experience; people on TV will see a majestic games. It's not how the Brazil government, seven years ago, thought it would go, but they will get through it.

Casey Wasserman

I don't believe it's only about ESPN. It's about their entire breadth of cable properties and content properties.

Casey Wasserman

It will be a slow transition and by far the slowest piece of the media business.

Casey Wasserman

They have to become consumer-facing companies. If you want to sell product to people you have to know how to communicate with ... and market to, and monetize consumers in a more direct way, and I think that may be the biggest paradigm shift and chal[...]

Casey Wasserman

Hillary has clearly proven her ability to lead and unite, in lots of jobs from her early career, to being Secretary of State. Ultimately what makes business thrive is having a country that works well. In my view Hillary is an unbelievably qualified [...]

Daisy Oliveira

The government didn't pay (the pensionsof) retired workers saying that the money was for Olympic construction projects. We think this is absurd. Letting people die in hospitals to do the Olympics. Not paying people's salaries to do the Olympics.

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

We want to take sport to the youth. With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us.

Pedro Vansconelos

Zika is here to stay. It has already spread rapidly and you can't blame the Olympics for that.

Pedro Vansconelos

Rio is not the Zika nightmare that people worried about.

Nikos Vasilakis

There are people trying to blow this out of proportion. But one of the few things we do know is that the Olympics are not going to be a major contributor in epidemiological terms.

Mauricio Nogueira - World Health Organization

Many, many things need to be looked at. How many people were asymptomatic? How many cases lead to microcephaly? What genetic factors are involved?

Erinn Murphy

We believe signature basketball's reset should commence in early July ... and would anticipate new innovations to follow the Olympics. We view [the Sports Authority] bankruptcy as more noise.

Jonas Lopes

We want to know whether shortening the time to test the subway puts the safety of the passengers at risk.

Jose Manoel Ferreira Goncalves

They are leaving so little time to try this massive system. What guarantee do we have that such a sensitive and complicated project is in order?

Vladimir Putin

There are common acceptable principles of rights, one of which is that responsibility should be personalised.

Travis Tygart

Obviously, banning Russian track and field from the Olympics is the right outcome. The world's clean athletes came together and demanded that their voices were heard.

Rafael Batista

The opening of the Games was attended by less than half the number of leaders who were at the London Olympics in 2012. But in other respects, these are historic Olympics, with record numbers of athletes and countries taking part.

Amir Attaran

People can legitimately argue about the magnitude of the risk. Nobody is denying the risk exists.

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

There is no pressure whatsoever. We are grateful for the cooperation with the WHO, which is giving us the information, which is helping us with data, which is helping everybody by giving advice on travel.

Adam Peaty

My start wasn't the best and I'm happy to post the same time as yesterday. The crowd was absolutely amazing and this is great for GB swimmers to get some confidence for the Olympics.

Rikke Pedersen

I didn't focus on the young girls, tried to swim my own race. I'm still in the phase of preparations (for the Olympics) so it's a good time and it's great to be European champion again.

Katinka Hosszu

I have a great three and half years behind me, I have been enjoying every moment of the journey. This day was also about to erase all bad memories I had from this pool (from the 2012 Olympics where she came fourth).

Gabriele Detti

I'm very happy with the gold medal. After the heats I had a good feeling for the final, this time is the same I clocked at the Italian nationals and this is a good sign that I'm on the right track before the Olympics.

Eduardo Paes

And I know the British, they will love Rio as they did in the (football) World Cup.

Michele Camargo Moraes

It's impossible the mayor doesn't know anyone who's had it. We don't have any proof we can be calm.

Jean Drapeau

The Montreal Olympics can no more have a deficit, than a man can have a baby.

Marton Gyulai

To say that this would result in Coe facing ridicule is like using the rules in a biased way. We accepted these rules when we had to ban Russia, but if the same rules are obeyed by Russia then we call that ridiculous?

Marton Gyulai

If the decision is ultimately taken to allow Russian athletes to compete in Rio, I am convinced that it would only happen if the Council of the IAAF is given concrete and unquestionable proof by the inspection team that Russia has fulfilled all requ[...]

Marton Gyulai

It's clear the current anti-doping system is not at the standard it needs to be, but that's not really a question of the IAAF or European Athletics doing enough. I think the whole world has a doping problem. I feel it's purely by chance that it happ[...]

Marton Gyulai

Personally, I think it's good there have been so many positive tests in Russia, because that means someone is testing the athletes. I argue the other side because the positives mean the cheaters are caught and punished. It's the unrecorded positives[...]

Marton Gyulai

Although I am convinced that there are numerous clean world class Russian athletes, rules are rules and there has to be equal treatment for all.

Marton Gyulai

I cannot agree with the argument to claim that all Russian athletes are innocent and should therefore be allowed to compete.

Paul Bainsfair

Following the referendum in June, the summer Bellwether should hopefully provide better clarity on where we are headed. On balance, some growth seems the most likely outcome especially with the European football championships and Olympics set to pro[...]

Mário Andrada

The track cycling test event has been cancelled and will be replaced by a training opportunity June 25th through the 27th. We are 120 per cent confident it will be ready for the Olympics.

Yusra Mardini

Our house was destroyed so we don't have anything anymore, so we ran away. And Europe, I think the most of them are welcoming the refugees with a really nice way.

Yusra Mardini

My message is that no one has to stop because of problems or because an accident or anything happens. I think everyone have to fail until they succeed.

Aldo Rebelo

What happened in the Confederations Cup – vandalism, aggression, violation of public and private patrimony, such as what as happened at the Ministry of External Relations, at the Municipal Chamber in Rio de Janeiro, the aggression against a security[...]

Konstantin Kholmogorov

It does not affect (us) at all, not myself and not my team mates. Everyone is training, striving and intends to achieve good results. I think that the Olympics without the Russian team is not the real Olympics. And I'm sure we'll be allowed to compe[...]

Bernard Lapasset

Paris, as one of the world's most iconic and cosmopolitan cities, would provide a unique and stunning backdrop for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games through its historic landmarks and breathtaking venues.

Casey Wasserman

That is the definition of sustainability in terms of legacy and cost. There's no risk involved with venues or facilities.

Anthony Fauci

The issue that we are focusing on is the issue with pregnant women and even there if you follow the guidelines that are already out by the CDC, about pregnant women travelling and if they are pregnant or want to get pregnant that they consider serio[...]

Donald Anthony

And no one should go if they feel at all as though that that threat could impact them.

Fabiano Bordgnon

Police are investigating where the weapons come from. The majority are not produced in Brazil. They come from producing countries such as the United States, via Paraguay, and what do we need to do? We need to develop partnerships with these counties[...]

Nasser Elkhatib

If we come across anyone suspicious who could pose a security threat to the rest of the country, we are not going to ask what religion they belong to, what race or colour they are. We must take the necessary measures and report them to security offi[...]

Philipbert Brown

But it would be disappointing if we do not attend the Olympics. Our people have been training for four years, and you come to say that you would not sponsor them?

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

There has been a massive improvement of the situation in the past months. That's good news. Now you have to determine the service levels that athletes and international federations expect.