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7 Motivational Quotes Olympic Champions Rely On

Before the Sochi Winter Olympics, athletes from Team USA shared their private motivational quotes and mantras with us.

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Steven Holcomb

“Tough times never last. Tough people do.”

Steven is a bobsled driver and gold medal-winner in the 4-man bobsled (2010). He was born in Park City, Utah.

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Erika Brown

“What you feel doesn’t matter in the end; it’s what you do that makes you brave.”

Erika is a three-time Olympic curler (1988, 1998, 2014) and mother of two. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Monique Lamoureux

“Think it, be it.”

Monique is an ice hockey player and silver medal winner (2010) from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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Bobby Brown

“Be you.”

Bobby is a three-time X Games champion in slopestyle freeskiing. His hometown is Breckenridge, Colorado.

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Gretchen Bleiler

“Plant the seed, set the target, live your life.”

Gretchen (of Team Kellogg’s) is a halfpipe snowboarder and 2006 Winter Games silver medalist. She lives in Aspen, Colorado.

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Eddy Alvarez

“Passion has a funny way of trumping logic.”

Eddy is a speedskater heading to his first Olypmics. He grew up in Miami, Florida.

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Jocelyne Lamoureux

“To whom much is given, much is expected.”  (Variation on Luke 12:48)

Jocelyne is an ice hockey player and silver medal winner (2010) from Grand Forks, North Dakota. Her twin sister is Olympic teammate Monique Lamoureux.

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Noelle Pikus-Pace

“Good, better, best; never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

Noelle is a Team Kellogg’s 2014 Olympic hopeful (skeleton race) and mother of two. She was born in Provo, Utah.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest