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Gabriel Jesus
I'm very fond of Neymar, not only for the quality that everyone knows about, but for the person he is. I met him at the Olympics, he treated everyone well, even though he was the star of the competition. He was a normal person. He took on the responsibility and made the whole group like each other.feedback
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Jun 28 2017
Gary Bettman, Lee Hee-beom and Casey Wasserman, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Olympic Games. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 353 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 552 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Gary Bettman is: “(We've seen) a number of comments from the (International Ice Hockey Federation) and player reps suggesting it was still an open issue, it is not and has not been. We have an expectation that none of our players are going. But I don't want to get into the gymnastics involved in what that means. There's no reason to pick that fight right now. I think the focus is more about long-term developing the sport, not what happens for two weeks in 2022.”.
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Sepp Blatter

Blazer was at the Olympics as a representative of Fifa, and he was wired by the FBI. So, what is such a country trying to give us lessons in how to honestly do a job?feedback

Timmo Lumme - International Olympic Committee

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LeBron James

I don't know, I have to think about it. It's great for basketball. For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it's pretty great. I haven't seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it ... are they going to use NBA guys, are they going to use college guys. I'm not quite sure.feedback

John Bertrand

There's an 'X' factor with Peter Burling. What he has achieved in the Olympics and the Cup, he's a phenomenon. It's a rare, instinctive, natural talent.feedback

LeBron James

I'm not very good in a 3-on-3 thing. I'm more of a 5-on-5 guy. I stay out of the 1-on-1 matchups during our practice, the 2-on-2s and the 3-on-3s. So probably not. I probably won't be a part of the 3-on-3 matchup that it has to offer. I think it's great for basketball. For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it's pretty great. I haven't seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it and are they going to use NBA guys are they going to use college guys. I'm not quite sure.feedback

LeBron James

I'm not very good in a three-on-three thing, I'm more of a five-on-five guy. I stay out of the one-on-one matchups during our practice, the two-on-twos and the three-on-threes. So probably not. I probably won't be a part of the three-on-three matchup that it has to offer.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

This represents a golden opportunity for the Olympic Games and for the IOC.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

I don't think you need to reward somebody if you give somebody a present. This would put the [2028] city on an equal basis with the 2024 city. This city would get the right to host the Olympic Games without the risk of a defeat in an election procedure.feedback

Mark Tatum

Today's announcement by the IOC to include 3-on-3 basketball in the 2020 Olympics is great news and continues to signify the growing popularity of basketball around the world. The last few years, we have made a major push in 3-on-3 basketball with our nationwide Dew NBA 3X tour and several international 3-on-3 competitions and the Olympic stage will provide these elite athletes with the opportunity to further demonstrate their talents.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women.feedback

James Lankford

When the president asked you about he 'hopes' that you would let this go … this seems like a pretty light touch.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

[Ross] explained to me that he was just as burdened by the decision as I was. He believed that our child in 2008 was a blessing we had rejected by always wanting to be in control.feedback

Missy Franklin

I think it's so fun. Honestly, I think it's a big testament to swimming for combining men and women competing together. I think that that's so cool to have that opportunity.feedback

Virginia Raggi

In light of the data we have, these Olympics are not sustainable. They will bring only debt.feedback

Marco Rubio

You know, this investigation is full of leaks left and right. We've learned more from the newspaper sometimes than we hear in these open hearings for sure. Do you ever wonder why of all the things in this investigation the only thing that's never been leaked is the fact that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the fact that both Democrats and Republican leadership of Congress knew that, and had known that for weeks?feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

In that moment, it seemed like no choice at all. The debate of when life begins swirled through my head, and the veil of a child out of wedlock at the prime of my career seemed unbearable. What would my sponsors, my family, my church, and my fans think of me? Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I'd wear. I was a champion – and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair.feedback

Ryan Lochte

After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world. There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, If I go to bed and never wake up, fine.' . You can be at the all-time high and then the next second the all-time low. I love being at the Olympics, but I'm the opposite of what you'd expect. It's been that way my whole life. Look, I was done with swimming back in 2013. I was drained, wiped out. Now I've found a new purpose with my son. This fire has been ignited, and it's bigger than ever, and I'm just so excited because I know what's going to happen in Tokyo.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

The name of the book is called 'Chasing Grace.' Chasing is something I've been doing all my life. I'm chasing gold medals; I'm chasing records, and chasing the best version of myself. So, for me, if I didn't share the toughest moment in my life where I felt God's grace the most, it would be disingenuous to this journey. I think there are lots of young girls who experience this especially female athletes. I look forward to having more discussions about it and helping young women heal from it.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

I made a decision that broke me, and one from which I would not immediately heal. Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I'd wear. I was a champion– and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair. I always harbored some resentment toward Ross. It was our mess-up, but I felt abandoned in the decision. It was like by not saying anything, neither agreeing nor opposing, he kept his conscience clear, but it wasn't fair. We were in it together.feedback

Tony Estanguet

I heard and learned a lot from the previous bids that anything can happen in the last minute. We are still two candidates; there are still the same rules, so don't count on me to be relaxed. I haven't seen any paper that will tell me that I will get the Games in Paris in '24, so I want to remain focused on this objective.feedback

Tony Estanguet

It's important to our bid because it's a well-recognized place internationally.feedback

Tony Estanguet

When we entered into the room for the final result, we were quite confident, and then it was, waaaah, cold shower. I don't want to comment anything about Trump. What I can tell you is that I think the I.O.C. needs to get a sustainable Games at the moment. This is really important. Personally, I think that's part of the credibility of the whole system, and not only during the Games time.feedback

Thomas Drake

If there was anything exceptional about America, it was our Constitution . . . and yet, here I was, seeing it unravel, in secret, from within the government. To me, this still really matters.feedback

Wayne Murphy - National Security Agency

The NSA has never . . . at any time conducted 'mass' or 'blanket' surveillance, interception, or analysis . . . of e-mail, text message, telephone, or other telecommunications in Salt Lake City or the vicinity of the 2002 Winter Olympic venues, whether during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games or otherwise.feedback

Rocky Anderson

It's incredibly important that the public be aware of what our government's doing, and all of us standing up against it. We need to let our elected officials know that we will resist in any way possible this rather sudden transformation of our country, not only to a surveillance state, but to a nation where the rule of law seems to mean very little.feedback

Lynda Carter

I'm very excited – I feel like I just passed the baton to the anchor in the relay race in the Olympics. I think she's going to do amazing. She's a great girl.feedback

Eric Garcetti

As we've talked to the Olympics they've asked us to think about - both Paris and us - what would it take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second. My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code. Given some of the challenges we face globally right now with leadership, that [hosting the 2028 Olympics] would be I think quite a coup and something for us all to celebrate.feedback

Ian Lavery

People don't want austerity, people have had enough of cuts. Today's economy is completely fractured – it's broken, it only serves the rich and the wealthy and we'll change that. We want change that and we're in the process – it will be a long, long, long process, of changing politics in Britain. Whatever happens at the election isn't the end of the Corbyn project, it's only the beginning of the Corbyn project.feedback

Bill Daly

We have a lot of patience for the Coyotes. We're confident there are a lot of good arena opportunities available to them there. Our ownership is focused on cultivating one of those opportunities. There's every sense that they'll be successful in doing that. So we support their efforts.feedback

Gary Bettman

(We've seen) a number of comments from the (International Ice Hockey Federation) and player reps suggesting it was still an open issue, it is not and has not been. We have an expectation that none of our players are going. But I don't want to get into the gymnastics involved in what that means. There's no reason to pick that fight right now. I think the focus is more about long-term developing the sport, not what happens for two weeks in 2022.feedback

Michael Fallon

Now with two weeks to go before an election he wants to pretend to voters he will put Britain's security first and will stand up for the country's interests in the Brexit negotiations. His record says otherwise.feedback

Jennifer Gerber

It is almost unbelievable that any Labour MP would participate in a ceremony honouring a man involved in the vicious murder of innocent Israeli athletes. Unfortunately, this appears to be part of a very disturbing pattern of behaviour and we are seeking urgent clarification from the Leaders office on this matter.feedback

Michael Fallon

Jeremy Corbyn has spent thirty years siding with those who oppose Britain and the west. Too often he has either ignored the horrendous actions of Britain's enemies as he stands by their side, or worse still sought to excuse their actions.feedback

Simon Johnson

In light of today's news reports, it is high time that Jeremy Corbyn clarifies his views regarding Palestinian terrorism. At first sight, attending a wreath-laying ceremony of a known terrorist, who led one of the most notorious acts of international terrorism, the attack on the Munich Olympics, would appear to be beyond the pale.feedback

Michael Phelps

I'm training Boomer and all the babies around the world to be the best swimmers that they can be. It's never too early to introduce your baby to the water. We're at the stage where we're constantly looking out for him, because he's grabbing everything. We basically hop in two or three times a week. Boomer loves it, he floats around in our hands trying to swim butterfly. He loves being in the water and he doesn't mind going under.feedback

Jérémy Florès

I've been watching the Olympics since I was a kid – it's amazing for our sport.feedback

Tom Curren

It's been a long time that the surfing community has been knocking on the door and always getting the same answer. There was even talk about it in 1980 when we were here. But surfing has grown to where it includes enough countries and the format of the events is structured enough now, so it's great to see surfing finally in the Olympics.feedback

David Wallechinsky

They can go into the Summer Olympics and win gold medals. They're not going to win any gold medals in the Winter Olympics. So what do they gain by having two people go and finish in 32nd place in women's figure skating and be eliminated in the first round of short track?feedback

Marissa Brandt

It's like the girls didn't bat an eyelash; no one seemed panicked. If they weren't concerned, I'm not going to be concerned.feedback

Sergey Radchenko

Today, North Korea's sole supporter, China, is increasingly losing patience with Pyongyang. If Kim does something 'stupid,' he may well push the Chinese over the edge and lose all support. And he would not want that.feedback

Tyler Brickler

You get the feeling that something could happen. I just want to make sure this is a safe place to come back to.feedback

Ryohei Miyata

We are praying for the birth of a mascot that will be loved and praised by the world.feedback

Mário Andrada

We're seeing problems with the covering on between six or seven per cent of the medals and it seems to be to do with the difference in temperatures. The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled and the varnish has come off and they've rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged. The medals will either be repaired or replaced.feedback

Patrick Baumann - International Olympic Committee

Paris 2024 has developed an excellent proposal. It's built on a very solid concept of the games with remarkable sites, built around the most extraordinarily beautiful historic buildings and places around Paris.feedback

Lee Hee-beom

I have discussed with him over the phone last week. We are widely open to discuss this matter. We are discussing not only with IIHF but also with the IOC in many channels.feedback

Lee Hee-beom

I don't think they made the final decision so far. [There is] still room to discuss and negotiate. I'm ready to meet with their [the NHL] delegations wherever it is they say to do so. Very recently I met their delegation in Pyeongchang, not only the athletes' side, but also the labor union side. Not only in Pyeongchang, but also in New York. Nothing is concluded until the final conclusion is made.feedback

Lee Hee-beom

I had a very useful breakfast meeting with Rene Fasel this morning and I also met many ice hockey leaders in Europe. We totally agreed between IIHF and Pyeongchang organizing committee that we are in the same boat. We will cooperate with the IIHF to further develop the Olympic (hockey) venues.feedback

Franz Reindl

I feel we would be more competitive if our N.H.L. players were available, of course, but the players playing in Germany or other parts of Europe, they see a chance and a challenge for themselves that maybe they didn't see before with the opportunity to go to the Olympics. It's not our decision, but we have to live with it.feedback

Eric Garcetti

But I'd love to go to Paris in 2028 and see my friends; I think it would be great Olympics.feedback

Diana Taurasi

Certain names have been connected to our franchise for so long. So from the outside, it's very different. On the inside, it's not as big a change because the people we have coming in, I'm familiar with their game and we've been friends for a long time. Playing overseas, in the WNBA, in the Olympics -- everyone is used to being in the moment with whatever team they're on. So I think that's the approach we're taking this year. But on the flip side of that, there is something to be said for the unknown. It's kind of exciting. So there is that energy you get from that.feedback

Gwen Jorgensen

Every doctor I've talked to has said that even if everything goes perfectly, you need at least 10 days of no running or exercise to let everything heal. But my long-term plan is to race in 2018 and make it to [the Summer Olympics in] Tokyo 2020.feedback

Eric Garcetti

On the logistics side there were a lot of 'WOW' moments. The Olympics asked us not to buff the city up. This is Hollywood. We could have had the best show, the cutest kids lining the streets, we could have had the most amazing fireworks, but we didn't change a single thing. We didn't go out of our way to show a city that's any different than the city we know.feedback

Carli Lloyd

The Champions League was obviously disappointing. It was a little bittersweet because we did really well. It wasn't the result we wanted but we ended on a high and to finish the Champions League with a victory over a really quality side says a lot about this club and its character. It should give the players more confidence to know they can play with the best and this club can be at the top level. So now to be able to shift our focus to an FA Cup final is huge. For me, this is up there with the World Cup and the Olympics. This is a massive tournament and I'm going to approach it as such.feedback

Serena Williams

Growing up in Los Angeles taught me that anyone can succeed as long as they have dreams and goals. Los Angeles embodies the optimistic spirit that allows kids like me to become athletes and Olympians. I am proud to join the LA 2024 Athletes' Advisory Commission and help bring the Olympics and Paralympics home and inspire the next generation of champions.feedback

Andrew Zimbalist

The problems for 99 percent of the cities out there is that the demands of the I.O.C. have grown to the point where to host a Summer Olympics you are looking at an expenditure of $15 to $20 billion, for most cities. In the case of the Summer Olympics, you might bring in $4 billion or $5 billion of revenue.feedback

Jonny Coleman

We know we are going up against a $50 million war chest.feedback

Eric Garcetti

Clearly we want 2024 and Paris wants 2024. Both of us look at 2028 as a long time away.feedback

Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles is one of the few places in the nation and the world that can pull off an Olympics that is fiscally responsible and that is ready to go whenever we get the green light. We do big events here every year all the time. It's kind of second nature to us.feedback

Zev Yaroslavsky

As one of the 1984 Olympics skeptics – who said let's not take any chances, let's make sure the city not be exposed – I have a lot of confidence that with fiscal discipline, they can do this right. There is no organized opposition to this in L.A. People have a very fond memory of the '84 Games. I certainly do.feedback

David Wallechinsky

Los Angeles is like Paris. It doesn't really need the Olympics to put it on the map. Los Angeles and Paris are already on the map.feedback

David Wallechinsky

I think that Paris gets the nod in 2024 and L.A. in 2028. And, yes, Trump does not help. That's very clear. It was the opposite of disruption. Employers were encouraged to let people go home or to work on flex time. Traffic was great. I had people say, Why can't we have Olympics 365 days a year'?feedback

Casey Wasserman

Our risks in terms of delivery are minimal at worst. The benefits are we get to harness the great creativity and innovation in L.A., to help deliver the Olympics of the next generation.feedback

Andrew Zimbalist

The main thing that is driving the opposition is we are in a world where public resources needed for basic needs – transportation and health care – are more pressing than ever. Los Angeles is sui generis. Because of the large level of top-level colleges and universities, and the large number of sports teams in Los Angeles, they basically have all the venues they need.feedback

Henrik Lundqvist

I haven't played with him in 12 years. Also the fact that we're not part of the Olympics, I see this as an opportunity for me to play for my country one more time, and with my brother. I'm gonna go there and try to finish really strong.feedback

Patrick Baumann - International Olympic Committee

This Evaluation Commission is for 2024. Now of course there discussions going on for (20)24-28 at the executive board of the IOC. Also having two great cities bidding for 2024 we can see if this creates opportunities and what those opportunities are.feedback

Jules Boykoff

A lot of the stadiums for the Olympics are being envisioned for the future. They would not even be built if it wasn't for the Olympics. If you have existing venues, you don't have to envision as much. It still takes some imagination.feedback

Patrick Baumann - International Olympic Committee

We will be concentrating on the process that has started and these cities have been going through for the purpose of awarding the host of 2024.feedback

Casey Wasserman

There has obviously be a lot of discussion recently about this 2024-28 question and frankly I applaud the IOC's thinking, it's the right thinking at the right time. But this week is our opportunity to focus on core question, the question we set out to answer in September 2015 -- why is LA2024 the right city at this important time for the Olympic movement. Today was the first part of our answer. We have the strongest foundations of any Olympic bid in history.feedback

Nick Ekbatani

Everything in my life that I've been through and what I've learned from being an athlete trained me to keep my chin up and keep going and persevere. At the time, the 2012 Summer Olympics were going on, and Oscar Pistorius was in front of me running on two prosthetic legs, so I had a lot of hope. I kind of denied the potential consequences of losing my leg. I didn't want to accept the fact that I wouldn't be able to be an athlete or move like I used to. I think that's what's helped me heal.feedback

John Ritblat

With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, this is a tremendously exciting time for British snow sports. We are delighted that His Royal Highness will be supporting the journey of our athletes to emulate the success of their summer sports compatriots at the upcoming Games and in the years to come.feedback

Reini Fernsebner

I am looking at installing a real structure which will mean we are strong going into the 2018 Winter Olympics and even stronger and with a bigger team as we look towards Beijing 2022.feedback

Rene Fasel - International Olympic Committee

What we will do for sure if the NHL isn't coming is that we will work in China, in the KHL. That will give the space to the Russian and the non-Russian clubs to be present in Asia.feedback

Bill Daly

The decision has already been made. We have nothing further to add.feedback

Rene Fasel - International Olympic Committee

I would say the latest we can do is end of June, beginning of July, for calendars, schedules, arenas. We will see. I have a very good relation with Gary. But what can I say? I have nothing to give him. I can say 'Hello, how are you? Great playoffs.' Just social talk. Maybe I come to New York, we have a steak and go back. This is the way it is. I'm a very positive person so I never give up, and there is still some time where maybe we can convince Gary Bettman to change his opinion.feedback

Rene Fasel - International Olympic Committee

The puck is for sure on the stick of the NHL Players' Association and we will see.feedback

Gary Bettman

There is nothing bigger and more important. We don't have a better platform for our sport than the Olympic Winter Games. Three billion people watching.feedback

Rene Fasel - International Olympic Committee

We played before without the NHL, we will have anyway a great tournament. But it would be so much better with the best players in the world. The players want to go, so I really don't understand. But if Gary decides not to go to the Olympics, the fans will not be happy, the players will not be happy, I hope (the) media won't be happy. The whole world will not be happy. There is a unique opportunity for our sport to show up there, a unique opportunity for the NHL to be there.feedback

Casey Wasserman

Just at every touch point, the community of Los Angeles in the largest possible sense is entirely supportive and embraces the idea of hosting an Olympic Games in 2024. That is unique. We are an oasis of optimism.feedback

Chris Dempsey

I truly believe the experience in Boston is and should be instructive for people on both sides of the Olympic debate. I like to think that what happened in Boston really has been an example in other cities. I think that really there is something to be said for the momentum that Boston created.feedback

Tamás Csillag

It was a super-encouraging thing to learn that a small but well-prepared team could pull it off, without having hundreds of thousands of dollars, or a political party behind them.feedback

Sean Beardow

We're really committed to hearing all sides of the story. We thought Chris could bring some valuable perspective. He gave an excellent presentation. It's been important to Calgary from Day 1 that it's not just about whether Calgary fits with the Olympics but if the Olympics fits with Calgary.feedback

Chris Dempsey

I wanted to be helpful in explaining how the IOC process is set up that tends to lead to these really negative outcomes for the host cities. Even though the IOC and its sponsors do great and the TV contracts are profitable, it's still the case where these host cities have bad outcomes.feedback

Chris Dempsey

I don't see an incentive structure for the IOC to be any different tomorrow or five years from now or 10 years from now than it is today. As long as they have at least one bid, the Games will go on, they'll still be profitable and still have these lavish events.feedback

David Ellis - Morningstar

We have been chuntering along quite happily for a number of years and built a great foundation in the UK. Since slightly before the London 2012 Olympics, there has been an energy behind London. We are now hoping to really drive this internationally. It is time to push the brand in key territories across the global market.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I believe that positive processes which we have started, to reform anti-doping structures, are irreversible. We must listen to what WADA has to say, because we have to admit that we have several cases of proven doping violation. This is unacceptable. We will do everything to organize efficient and fruitful work with all our partners, including WADA and the IOC. I hope they have the same intentions.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Russia is ready for an open and consistent participation in work to establish an accomplished global anti-doping system. Once again, I would like to reiterate something that we have always stated: Russia never had, and I hope never will have, a state-backed system of doping support. On the contrary – we will fight doping.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I would rather speak of Russia generally, not necessarily about Moscow. Apart from the capital of our country, we have a number of cities which could potentially host Summer Olympics. There is Sochi, of course, but also St. Petersburg and possibly Kazan. We are not going to make any specific statements, yet. In 2014, our country successfully hosted the Winter Games in Sochi. However, I do not rule out the possibility that Russia will decide to enter in bidding process for the right to host another Olympics.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Regarding Los Angeles, it is not for us to estimate the city's chances. This must be done by the IOC. USA is one of the leading sports countries in the world, and I believe had good chance of getting the honour of hosting the games. It is well known that LA hosted the games in 1984 and the USSR team unfortunately did not participate - just like the U.S. team which did not come to Moscow in 1980. No-one benefited from this.feedback

Andy Murray

I met him [Joshua] for the first time at the Olympics in 2012. He doesn't appear to have changed at all, which is refreshing, because there's a huge drama around every fight. When you listen to him, he does appear to be very grounded and very aware of where he wants to get to and the best way of doing that.feedback

Tetsuro Kojo

Only 18 per cent of people may smoke, but the percentage of smoking customers in smaller restaurants is much higher - nearly half. We must take care of them.feedback

Chris Smith - ANZ New Zealand

What I really wanted to capture in this photograph was a sense of place. This was particularly difficult due to the fact that the ski jumping took place seven miles from the city and the weather was never very good. There was one perfectly clear day, the day this photo was taken, which was my golden opportunity.feedback

Douglas Bettcher

A recent newspaper described Japan as a 'paradise for smokers,' and I'm sure it wouldn't want that title. It's not a good impression to give ... as Japan is preparing and investing so much for the 2020 Summer Olympics.feedback

Naomi Tokashiki

I believe Japanese people really are considerate of others. It's more important for us to trust people than enact a really repressive law.feedback

Laura Muir

Zola Budd is definitely one of the icons of British distance running. I know she's got a very quick time so if I were to break hers, it would be great. I'm not sure I'm quite up for running barefoot though. My lucky spikes are doing well so far so I think I'll keep them on. All my records have come with the same spikes. I wore them for the first time at the Rio Olympics and they are doing pretty well.feedback

Gabby Douglas

Coming off of the Olympics was so stressful mentally and physically, so my body and my mind are thanking me for the break.feedback

Simone Biles

I just realized I'm really short. Yes. You just have to have confidence in yourself.feedback

Laurie Hernandez

She knows that I'm a perfectionist, and tells me that I have to be patient with myself. We're all different, so even though someone is getting a skill before you, it doesn't mean that you're not good enough, it just means you have to wait a little bit, and the skill will come when it comes.feedback

Laurie Hernandez

She taught me to be grateful for every moment. There was one competition where I fell multiple times, and it was a really big meet. She just said, Look at where you are, let's celebrate.' And we got ice cream.feedback

Carli Lloyd

You have European football growing a lot now -– Barcelona, the Spanish teams, the English league, France, Germany, the game is growing in Europe and it is going to be exciting the next few years to see what happens. I have had nothing but good things to say. I think so, time is running out though as we get close to 2019 and 2020 because those are big years with the World Cup and Olympics, it would have to be between now and 2019. It is a great competition to be able to compete in -– it's been a lot of fun.feedback

Wang Yi

You mean the big leadership issue? Every year is something special. Last year was some anniversary, and a few years ago were the Olympics. Next year will be something else. Right now the Communist Party is not so stable. We can't know what is going on inside. They may feel they need quiet at all costs, and we'll have trouble. Or they could also say that they need quiet so will ignore us; after all, we're not challenging them. We just trust in God and let Him decide.feedback

Raymond Domenech

I remember Ronaldo at the Olympics in 1996, and Mbappe is of this level - a world-class player. It is up to him to manage this well: he has the choice between being Ronaldo or Anelka.feedback

Kathrine Switzer

In 1967, few would have believed that marathon running would someday attract millions of women, become a glamour event in the Olympics and on the streets of major cities, help transform views of women's physical ability and help redefine their economic roles in traditional cultures.feedback

Laura Kenny

I'm not scared in the slightest. I've put myself through hell and back with training. How hard can it be to give birth?feedback

Laura Kenny

It was my choice to do this, and it'll be my choice to try and start again afterwards. It doesn't scare me at all because [I've wanted to be a mum] for a long time.feedback

Laura Kenny

We didn't want people waiting for it. I've always wanted kids and said that would happen so I would have been gutted if it hadn't. You feel a lot more pressure [to have children] when you get married.feedback

Laura Kenny

I wouldn't want to be treated the way they have. It's happened in a system I work in, but as bad as it sounds you don't know anything's going on till you read it in the newspaper which sounds insane, but you focus on your own goal and don't look on the outside.feedback

Laura Kenny

It happened really quickly. Even though [the pregnancy] seemed like it took a long time. I was always like, come on, is it this month? But it just happened.feedback

Laura Kenny

That's the end goal, I feel like I'll still have time to be a mum and then I've got a long time afterwards to train. I never wanted it to be all rushed, or have either of them half-heartedly done. I wanted to settle and then start training afterwards. Everything's going to be new to me. I know I want to get into the team pursuit, but anything after that is a bonus. If I'm good enough to compete in the individual one, then I will, but it was never a target.feedback

Bob Bowman

I have concerns about adding relay events and also adding individual events while keeping the roster sizes the same. The IOC has been insistent on keeping participant numbers at the same level. It doesn't make sense to add relay events in this dynamic.feedback

Wladimir Klitschko

He impressed me with his attitude. He was in the background and learning. Sometimes you need to be quiet and just watch, and he was observing everything. He could also box, so I gave him credit and I was there in the arena when he won gold [at London 2012]. Every medallist in the super-heavyweight division at the Olympics has to be considered successful. He has a lot of potential and so far has done good.feedback

Frank Busch

I am sure that the 50s would add a level of excitement to the swimming competition, but swimming is already the most successful sport at the Summer Olympics.feedback

Chris Carver

Seeing two women swim together is a beautiful thing when they are perfectly matched and move like one. But the interplay between male and female gives the opportunity for artistry in a whole different dimension.feedback

Justin Rose

I take confidence from two years ago. And from Rio; the Olympics aren't a major but I held off great players down the stretch.feedback

Emma Watson

It's about taking the time to appreciate your body and realizing that our bodies are constantly changing… Of course I'm not going to look the same, or be in the same shape as I was in the Olympics and that's okay.feedback

Vitaly Mutko

It's the top of the pyramid. No business interests, no loss of earnings - though you can discuss those things - should restrict your opportunity to show what you can do at the Olympics.feedback

Mário Andrada

We are confident we will come to an agreement and will honor our commitments.feedback

Ignacio Cano

[The city] is in the worst condition in 20 years. You have an economic crisis, a political crisis, a moral crisis. There is a general perception of a very dark time. The perception was that things were getting better. Now the perception is everything is deteriorating.feedback

Ryan Lochte

I was still intoxicated. I was still under that influence, and I'm not making me being intoxicated an excuse. It was my fault, and I shouldn't have said that.feedback

Laurie Hernandez

It was great to go to the Olympics and represent Hispanics. My advice is to try something new and don't be afraid to go after your dreams!feedback

Marie Delarbre

I think we were all pretty upset after not qualifying for the Olympics. But that's life. You've got to keep your head up and just look forward and don't let anything bring you down.feedback

Ryan Miller

It's all about money and Coca-Cola and where you can put the rings and where you can't. Of course it's self-interest because if it gets too much warmer, there won't be any more Winter Olympics because we won't have any more snow. So it's a natural. Everybody would understand why the I.O.C. would be engaged in that.feedback

Cory Schneider

I know you can have language in the C.B.A. regarding the Olympics, but ultimately, they're pretty independent of each other. If we start giving up years or concessions for this Olympics, then every Olympics, I'm sure something will open up if they said, If you want to go, we want this. Who knows? Once you set a precedent, it's pretty hard to go back on. That's not our thinking.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

I haven't changed my mind and I won't. I'm pretty sure everything is going to be fine. Next year's schedule is not out there yet.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

It's my country. I think everybody wants to play there (at the Olympics). It's biggest opportunity in life to play at the Olympic Games. If somebody's gonna tell me not to go, I don't care – I'll just go.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

I haven't changed my mind and I won't. It my country. I think everybody wants to play there. Somebody going to tell me don't go, I don't care, I just go. The situation was the same before the Sochi Games in 2014. I'm pretty sure everything is going to be fine, they (NHL) just want to do a big story about it because it's their plan. For us as players, we want to go there and represent our countries.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

I didn't change my mind and I won't. Because it's my country. I think everybody wants to play there. It's the biggest opportunity in your life to play in the Olympic Games. So, I don't know, somebody (is) going to tell me 'don't go,' I don't care, I just go. So if the schedule is not going to the Olympic Games, then you can see they don't bluff. But again, still long time, still everything can change. I still hope the NHL will let us play. But nothing is going to change my point of view... if Russia needs us, of course.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

Of course this is not great. Because if you're cheating, if you are a cheater, you have a perfect excuse [with contaminated meat] if you get caught. But that's where we are.feedback

Angel Herdedia

There were plenty of questions from Jamaican coaches [contacting and] asking me […] if clenbuterol was good for sprinting. They have asked me since very long, even years before that, they asked me how clenbuterol was good for sprinters and they were asking me questions how to use it. And whether it was good for sprinting, for recovering and all this stuff. Basically clenbuterol, […] they used it a lot for recovery, for increasing their oxygen intake, you know, for anti-asthmatic properties.feedback

Kevin Shattenkirk

It really seemed like kind of a knee jerk decision by the NHL to just kibosh it. I know we really want to go, and I think we deserve to go and the world deserves to see hockey at that level. It's the highest level of hockey that I've ever played at. And it's great for our game. If we can get over there and the next two Olympics are in that part of the world and grow our game even more, I don't see why we wouldn't do it.feedback

Kevin Shattenkirk

I'd tip my caps to those guys for doing it, and I think that's something that I'm sure will cause trouble with your team, but if that's your sentiment and that's how you feel, then absolutely, you should honor that and be proud that you did it. I definitely wouldn't hold anything against you.feedback

Evgeny Kuznetsov

I didn't really pay attention yesterday about that (Olympic announcement) because there were some tough things in St. Petersburg. ... But it is what it is, I still hope they (the NHL) will let us play. But nothing is going to change from my point of view. Of course, if Russia needs us, of course. It's from the heart for Russian people. We'll see though. Maybe they'll let us go.feedback

Braden Holtby

I have no idea if guys will or not, that's a personal decision, (but) I wouldn't be able to go away from my team here. I couldn't do it. That's just personal. But everyone's priorities are kind of different. He plays a big role on Team Russia. But as me, I've always liked the group that I've been with through the year. That's my No. 1 focus.feedback

Dylan Larkin

We grew up watching the Vancouver Olympics, the Sochi Olympics. With Canada winning the last two [Games], you want to get there. They're the champions of the world. With the youthfulness of USA Hockey, we would want to change that.feedback

Jim Slater

I'm also a believer that the best athletes in the world should be in the Olympics. As a fan and former [NHL] player, I definitely think the NHL players should go.feedback

Ron Wilson

I believe Auston would have done very well at the Olympics. He has a knack for big games and big moments. He can do it all.feedback

Dmitry Orlov

We'll see how it's going to be, the situation. Right now, for sure, we want to go. It's hard to do. Ovi said yeah, he can go, but he's a superstar of this league and the world. It's easy for him to do it.feedback

Kevin Shattenkirk

It just seems like they want to use it as a bargaining chip. That's wrong. That's not what the Olympics is for. The reason we started going was so we could grow the game and show the world how great it is when you get the best players in the world playing against each other. That's what we're trying to achieve with the World Cup, but that's going to take time and this is right in the prime of it. The last Olympics was fantastic, and to just dismiss it, really, without much conversation is tough.feedback

Evgeny Kuznetsov

If Russia needs us, of course. It's in the heart always for Russian people. … I'm pretty sure for Ovi, [Dmitry Orlov] and me, we kind of always talk about that and we always, like, if you don't make the playoffs or whatever, you have to go to play World Championships or always go even if you're hurt. It's in the heart. That's why we play hockey, to play for national team.feedback

Mike Babcock

I'm disappointed. I've been twice… greatest event you'll ever go to in your life.feedback

Erik Karlsson

It is crap. That's pretty much what I think. It's going to do more damage to this sport than people realize, and whoever made that decision obviously doesn't know what they are doing.feedback

Henrik Sedin

I don't know how much the league has gotten back from playing in other Olympics. But knowing that the league wants to get into the Asian market, it maybe would have been smart to go over there and show the best players. That's … why I'm wondering what they're thinking is. (The NHL) wants their money anyway they can; that's up to them. But I don't think this is a 'no' for sure. Why would they come out now and say no right now? They could have waited until June or whenever the decision needed to be done. They want something in return; that's why they're doing this.feedback

Sidney Crosby

When you begin negotiations and things like that, I really thought something was going to be able to get worked out, and unfortunately, that's not the case. From what I heard, it was kind (of) typical negotiations, then it kind of came out of nowhere (Monday) with the announcement.feedback

Tom Kuhnhackl

Especially for a country like Germany, it's not an everyday thing where we get to go to the Olympics. I think for players, going to the Olympics is a privilege. It's an awesome thing, especially for Germany. Obviously it would've been nice to go there. It's just really frustrating.feedback

Daniel Mochon

It's consistent with what you'd expect to see from paid endorsements. They tend to come from developing countries ... You're going to see sudden spikes that are not necessarily tied to anything external.feedback

Andy Tennant

He had always said his door was open and I had never taken him up on that. I could see my Olympics slipping away. In my opinion when I asked for support it was there. At the end of the day I went to the big boss – not my coach, I skipped about four steps – and he was willing to take time out of his schedule and sit down for about and hour and half. I think it was a Starbucks in Wilmslow. And then I won a silver and a bronze at that World championships and a lot of that was through being able to talk to him.feedback

Gary Bettman

The league isn't anti-Olympics. We've been to five of them. The problem is the clubs are anti-disruption to the season. To disappear for almost three weeks in February when there's no football, no baseball, there's only basketball and us. To do it where there's no programming for the NHL Network, for NHL.com, for all of our social media platforms – we just disappear.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

The same situation was with the [2014] Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be allowed to come. I hope the sides will reach an agreement. … Anyway, I and other players will definitely come [to the Olympics 2018].feedback

Henrik Lundqvist

Disappointing news, (the NHL) won't be part of the Olympics 2018. A huge opportunity to market the game at the biggest stage is wasted. But most of all, disappointing for all the players that can't be part of the most special adventure in sports.feedback

Dave Ogrean

We knew it was a very real possibility for many months and certainly respect the decision of the NHL. The good news is that because of our grassroots efforts over the course of many years, our player pool is as deep as it has ever been and we fully expect to field a team that will play for a medal.feedback

Andy Tennant

About two or three weeks before [the 2016 worlds] I could see that I had a problem but he had said that his door was always open. I'd never taken him up on that before but I could see my Olympics slipping away. We sat down and he talked to me for quite a long time, so in my opinion when I asked for the support it was there. I'd just gone to the big boss, straight to the top, he was willing to take time, we had about an hour and a half in Starbucks in Wilmslow. I went on to win a silver and a bronze.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

I think the players know it's very important for us to represent our countries. Everybody wants to go there.feedback

Justin Faulk

We're not going to give up something ridiculous. I'm sure they would take anything that's ridiculous for the Olympics. It's kind of like making a bad trade, and they would do it and we're not going to do it.feedback

Casey Wasserman

This bid campaign isn't about whether a city is capable of hosting the Games. ... It's about which city is best-suited to serve the future of the Olympic Movement.feedback

Tony Estanguet

We can't accept '28. It's not possible. Either the IOC family wants to choose Paris for '24 or we will not come back for '28.feedback

Casey Wasserman

They've not reached out to us. Other than the public statements they've made, we've had nothing. The next host of the Olympics had better get it right. I don't think the Olympic movement wants to be put in a position of having seven more years of the kind of challenges they have had in the past. The Olympics deserves better. The movement deserves better.feedback

William Warr

I'm sure people will have different opinions about what I've done and maybe there will be slightly more 'talk' about the race this year because of it. I wanted to do a particular PhD, I want to go to the 2020 Olympics, and the only way of doing them both was to row at Oxford. Both clubs build up this intense hatred. You're just brainwashed to hate Cambridge, or hate Oxford. There's a reasoning behind it: it's a very easy way to get a squad of guys to bond quickly. But actually, they're very similar clubs. Very similar kinds of people, very academically motivated.feedback

Lizzie Armitstead

Going into the Olympics in London, the resolve was that Nicole would have her own plan and the rest of the team would have a different plan, so in that way it was resolved, yes.feedback

O'Shea Jackson

The team to me spoke to an L.A. that was unseen to the rest of the world. When most people saw L.A. in the '80s they saw the Showtime Lakers or '84 Olympics, fun and sun kind of thing. But we knew an L.A. that was a lot more grimy, the underside of Los Angeles. And the Raiders kind of represented all of that. And they played right there in the community. I love the sleazy, shitty, lowbrow world of the Raiders. Vegas embodies that. No fucks given, no pretense. Football in its purest form: bloodsport for entertainment and gambling.feedback

Ed Warner

It would be my hope, as we are only a few months into this four-year Olympic cycle, that it is not too late for a more elegant and intelligent objective than a pure medal-winning yardstick. That might lead to some sports that are being disenfranchised still being able to be included in Tokyo funding. Post London 2012 basketball was one of the big losers but this is a sport which is fast-growing and played by people with deprived backgrounds. We should do everything we can to have a British team back in the Olympics for the inspirational effect it would have on youngsters.feedback

Naosuke Hayakawa

Why do we need another cafe? Why another wine bar? Now may be the peak. Maybe it will go out of fashion by the Olympics. Maybe the cheap ramen restaurants and tofu shops will return.feedback

Mikaela Shiffrin

I'm excited. It's going to be so cool to go back to the Olympics now that I've gotten a feel what it's like. I know what the whole summer entails leading up to the Olympics. There's a lot more media, a lot more hype. It's one of those things like an athlete – we don't get a ton of coverage all the time. But when the Olympics roll around, I feel important.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

And the only way to do that is to make sure that the work that is being done by the two disciplinary commissions which have been funded – one is the institutionalised doping, the other the individual athletes – to get them together to finish their work as quickly as possible. We're a long, long way away from PyeongChang. We were four or five weeks away from the Rio Games. I think there is time to resolve that.feedback

Brian Boland

I plan on doing everything in my power, together with the entire USTA and the private sector, to make sure American men's tennis regains its position as the global leader on the ATP Tour, in the Davis Cup and in the Olympics. Lastly, with the recent move of my parents to Florida, where several other of our family members currently reside, this decision gradually developed into the right one for not only my career, but most importantly for my family as well.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

As was quite clear before Rio, the World Anti-doping Agency does not have the power to ban Russia. That's not my call. Don't let anybody believe that it is my call. My guess – and it is an informed guess – is that there will be a very, very intense pre-Games testing programme before Pyeongchang. And the IOC, I'm sure, will be hugely supportive of that and that will allow them to make a reasoned decision. The task force is currently monitoring improvements in Russia but I think it would be difficult for IAAF to remove the suspension of Russian Athletics while Rusada is non-compliant.feedback

Rune Andersen

Somebody said 'you should've put a target on your back, Craig'. I didn't think it was the IOC's finest moment.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

Well that is one of the exercises we have to go through to get them complaint as quickly as we can and that's the sort of thing I'll be speaking to Thomas about on Monday. I think steps could be taken now which would allow the IOC to make that decision and preferably make it at the earliest possible date in fairness to the Winter Games, in fairness to the competition involving the world's athletes, as well as being fair to themselves.feedback

Ilya Averbukh

She set herself the big target of an Olympic medal next year and she treats every competition as a step on the road to the Olympics.feedback

Helen Glover

Now that's a complete nightmare. I spent eight years of my life trying to be best in world. Every time I trained I was trying to answer the question: would this win me the Olympics? Now I'm going out to see if I can complete the course. Twenty five per cent of entrants don't finish. All we want is to cross the finish line, even if we're last. Very different. Some days I think I want to go back, some days I think I might retire, some days I change my mind three or four times. My deadline keeps extending. The latest one I've given myself is I'll decide by Easter. But I'll probably extend it.feedback

Sally Jenkins

The Olympics is the most prominent competition in the world and 53 percent of Team USA is female, which means American women likely will bring in more medals than American men. Yet they will be presented in packaging aimed at a Ladies' Home Journal crowd. Exactly how does that grow a hardcore audience for women's sports, or a year-in, year-out base for other Olympic sports, for that matter?feedback

Katie Ledecky

In terms of the excitement, it might even surpass things like world championships and the Olympics. Just the way you're swimming for your team – there's something different about being a part of group you spend all this time with, working toward the same goal. You get behind the blocks for your race, knowing you have a chance to help your team.feedback

Rene Fasel - International Olympic Committee

We have previously stated that the NHL can't just pick and choose which Olympics to participate in. Our discussions are focused on going to Pyeongchang, and any discussion about Beijing can wait until this has been settled. Building ice hockey's profile in Asia is one of the top mandates of my current presidential term. There is a rising interest in the sport within Korea, and we would miss a huge opportunity to grow the game if we didn't have a best-on-best showcase in this country.feedback

Kiyoshi Hasegawa

The problem is that homeless people were still stranded inside.feedback

William Warr

I never heard back from him. It was probably the toughest decision I've ever made. I spoke to some of the guys that I rowed with at Cambridge, and most of them said: 'I hope you lose'. People buy into the culture of their club so much that it becomes part of their family. So for anyone to be betraying their family, they don't like that. I wanted to do a particular PhD, I want to go to the 2020 Olympics, and the only way of doing them both was to row at Oxford.feedback

William Warr

Sport is a selfish pursuit in some respects. But I enjoy finding my limits, and it's always been my dream to go to the Olympics. I'm fortunate that in another half of my life, I can do important research that hopefully will benefit millions of people.feedback

Arnold Schwarzenegger

As evil and stupid as this comment is, I'm not going to delete it or ban you (yet) because it's a teachable moment. You have two possible paths ahead. Right now, I guarantee you that these athletes have more courage, compassion, brains and skill – actually more of every positive human quality than you. So take their path – you could learn from them, and try to challenge yourself, to give back, to add something to the world. Or you can stay on your path, and keep being a sad pitiful jealous internet troll who adds nothing to the world but mocks anyone who does out of small-minded jealousy.feedback

Gary Bettman

We'll deal with that at the appropriate time if it comes to that. If somebody has something they want to tell us, we'll listen until there's a deadline. If nobody says anything to us that will change the thinking of the teams, then nothing will happen.feedback

Gary Bettman

I can't tell you that there's been any tangible benefit, particularly here in North America, of doing it. We are shut out by the Olympics.feedback

Gary Bettman

The league isn't anti-Olympics. We've been to five of them. The problem is the clubs are anti-disruption to the season. To disappear for almost three weeks in February when there's no football, no baseball, there's only basketball and us. To do it where there's no programming for the NHL Network, for NHL.com, for all of our social media platforms – we just disappear. If that's the IOC's and IIHF's position, that's their position. I'm not going to get into a public debate with them. They're entitled to take whatever position they want.feedback

Gary Bettman

As things stand today, you should assume we're not going. If nothing changes, I don't see anybody participating. If somebody proposes something that's pragmatic, that's radically different, that gets the attention of the clubs where they say, You know what, we don't like going, but on balance it's worth it because of this,' we'll have to look at it again. I don't know. It's something I would have to go back to the clubs on because the clubs are overwhelmingly negative on the subject.feedback

Dave Ryding

I don't think you can ever get over something like that. The circumstances were so unfortunate. The thing that was found in his urine was at such a low level it would not have even shown up if the lab they were using throughout the Olympics had not have been packed away already. It was crazy. I don't think I could ever get over it, especially as he was cleared of any wrongdoing. But they never gave the medal back. When you see others getting away with things in other sports, it was a disaster for British skiing.feedback

Ralph Rivera - Eurosport

So we are looking at that and saying how can we do that in such a way that it doesn't disturb the experience but provides the ability for a sponsor to get their [message] to be integrated, to do bumpers [or] overlays that are way more integrated than they otherwise would be.feedback

Ralph Rivera - Eurosport

We actually as an industry need to do work to create formats that are more native to online and how people want to experience that. That's a big open question for people. The way we look to answer that – and the Olympics is a great context for that because there are a lot of restrictions for how you advertise - is how do you create formats that can be integrated but less intrusive? The next time the Olympics rolls around with Eurosport doing it all online, will be the first time that advertisers can actually advertise in and around Olympic video.feedback

Ralph Rivera - Eurosport

The key message in joining was: this isn't the Eurosport that you might be familiar with, which used to take second tier sort of rights, what was leftover when the public broadcasters had the rights. It was: let's get premier rights like the Olympics, like Bundesliga [soccer league] in Germany, like [the] Tippeligaen league in Norway and be much more exclusive rights, more local and more premium.feedback

Gary Bettman

We're not negotiating publicly. The point is I was trying to emphasise the fact that this is terribly disruptive to our business and there seems to be no offsetting way to mitigate that disruption. I've suggested why don't you treat us like a top sponsor. If they don't value our participation why are we going. 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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

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 participation why are we going. From our standpoint there may not be any next steps. Remember, this is February, there is no baseball, no football, it is just us and basketball and we just disappear. We don't get content for the NHL Network, we don't get content for our social media platforms and NHL.com.feedback

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.feedback

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 blockbuster movies are going up in value. That is exactly what Mars One is. It's comparable to the exploration of the earth, be it Europeans migrating to the U.S. on a one way boat ticket or maybe a better comparison is people in west of Africa settling across the world on all continents in 40,000 years.feedback

Yoshiro Mori

Fukushima will have a great platform to show the world the extent of its recovery in the 10 years since the disaster. It will also be a wonderful chance for us to show our gratitude towards those who assisted in the region's reconstruction. And I'm sure the people of Fukushima are also looking forward very much to seeing Olympics events hosted there.feedback

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.feedback

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 petition to wear all kinds of things, especially compression suits that could give an advantage, such as in powerlifting.feedback

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 who had done all things that I've been able to accomplish, I still feel very grateful. I hope there are tons and tons of Muslim women who come after me, and hopefully their journey will be easier because I've laid this groundwork in showing that it's possible.feedback

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 made, and that it also takes into account that we have already been penalized, severely, by being banned from the Rio Olympics. We have spoken to major federations about their support for our participation. The most important thing is education.feedback

Carli Lloyd

It's disappointing. We came in fourth place. We scored one goal. … Long gone are the days of always winning, and it's not going to be easy – 2019 [World Cup], 2020 [Olympics], it's going to be really hard.feedback

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 much to eat and when to eat it.feedback

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.feedback

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. Micale is a victim of the national team's impatience, but also a victim of what Brazilian football has become in recent years.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

Istvan Tarlos

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

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.feedback

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.feedback

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.feedback

Istvan Tarlos

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

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 the Olympics bring problems to your city. They bring great athletes, they bring a lot of excitement, they bring a sugar high. But that's just empty calories and that's eventually going to hit you. And that's what we're seeing now in Rio.feedback

Lee Hee-beom

With Pyongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, winter sports will move from Europe and North American to Asia. We will have more sports fans among Asians because of Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022. Samsung has already committed to sponsoring the IOC and the Pyeongchang organizing committee. Even with the recent scandal, I don't think (the Olympic sponsorship) will be affected. We already have the agreements, and Samsung has already donated and has agreed to sponsor (the Olympics). So I don't think it will be affected.feedback

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! :) All the best to you and your family.feedback

Hiromi Sakushima

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

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.feedback