Olympians in Their Own Words

I hope the Romanian doesn’t get through, because I can’t pronounce her bloody name.”

Allegedly from David Coleman, British radio and TV commentator, at one of his many Olympic coverages, when he thought he was off air.

These are the Olympics; you die before you quit.”

The great American discus thrower, Al Oerter, winner of four successive gold medals (1956-1968). For the third of these in Tokyo, he competed despite excruciating pain from a torn rib cartilage, strapped up and iced.

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