Dan O'Brien - Quotes

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The decathlon includes ten separate events and they all matter. You can't work on just one of them. ---->>>

If you never give up, you'll be successful. ---->>>

You have to be able to be a good loser. You have to be okay knowing you're going to fail every day in something without getting mad and upset. ---->>>

Take pride in exactly what it is you do and remember it's okay to fail as long as you don't give up. ---->>>

There is nothing better than having a personal-best day, being in shape and pushing myself beyond my own limits. ---->>>

It's important for me to think I'm mixed-race. ---->>>

I was playing little league baseball when Bruce Jenner was winning the gold but I don't think I was really paying attention at that time. ---->>>

It took me time to realize that the men who won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon are just men, just like me. ---->>>

When I was little, I wasn't allowed to put sugar on my breakfast cereal because it made me so hyper. ---->>>

As a young athlete, it was first about having fun; then it was about winning. ---->>>

Through everything I've gone through- and I've been everywhere, at the top of the world, in jail, hung over drunk - I never gave up my dream of winning a gold medal in the Olympics. ---->>>

Breaking the world record in '92 was a very special personal moment, but I'd say my favorite moment as a decathlete was winning the Olympic gold medal. ---->>>

I was playing little league baseball when Bruce Jenner was winning the gold, but I don't think I was really paying attention at that time. It wasn't until 1980 - I think I was 12 years old - that I thought, 'Wow that's what I want to do. I want to be on the Olympic team.' ---->>>

I call myself a chameleon. ---->>>

It really means a lot that I won the gold medal - but I woke up the next morning expecting to feel different. I felt the same. ---->>>

You need to become more than one type of athlete. You have to be a sprinter, a weight man and a distance guy all in one. ---->>>

I think what my parents did was perfect. They were strict, concerned about my safety and held me back just a little. ---->>>

I've always had to have some kind of failure before I was successful. ---->>>

To me, the decathlon is its own little society and I am part of that culture. ---->>>

I got interested in decathlon because a coach that I had was a big fan of Bruce Jenner, and he just saw the ability in me - but when it came down to it, I knew my best chance at a college scholarship would be in track and field. ---->>>

And there is such a thing as a decathlon high. It's like a rock rolling down hill, picking up momentum. You get better and better. ---->>>

Try everything, because you're never sure what you're going to be great at. ---->>>

I didn't get a ton of interest from colleges in baseball and football, but I was outstanding in track and had the sense that this would be my meal ticket... Track was a sport where I saw immediate improvement, and I had a lot of good support behind me... and the coaches had a lot of experience and pushed me in that direction for sure. ---->>>

When first starting to work with someone you try to get them in the same mindset that you were in when you were successful, and I realized the best thing you can ever do is realize that they are not you. They have a different persona and mindset, and you have to figure out what works best within your communication with that athlete. ---->>>

As a young child, I was never a crier. I never cried to get my way, or even when I was in pain. ---->>>

Nowadays, to be a good world-ranked decathlete, you need to be good at everything. ---->>>

After the failure in '92, my goal was to be a good pole vaulter. I used that as motivation. ---->>>

As athletes, we're defined by what we've accomplished. Those are what most people remember and what you get paid for. But I learned more from my failures than from all of my successes put together - failures as an athlete and as a person. ---->>>

Breaking the world record in '92 was a very special personal moment, but I'd say my favorite moment as a decathlete was winning the Olympic gold medal. It was a lot of years of work, and when I won it, it was more a sense of relief than jubilation or exaltation. ---->>>

I just love playing so much, competing so much. You're able to put your losses behind you. One of the greatest attributes a decathlete can have is the ability to forget... to look ahead, not behind. ---->>>

I was a good decathlete until I got with a coach that really knew how to train specifically for the event... I'd really describe it as like being a juggler; you have ten balls and you're trying to get them all in the air at the same time. ---->>>

When my world record got broken in 1999, it hurt a little bit, to say the least. But I was in a leg brace at the time and I had just had knee surgery and I couldn't do anything about it. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-18, 1966
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, U.S.
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Occupation: Athlete

Daniel Dion "Dan" O'Brien (born July 18, 1966) is an American former decathlete and Olympic gold medalist. He won the Olympic title in 1996, three consecutive world championships (1991, 1993, 1995), and set the world record in 1992.(wikipedia)