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Gian-Franco Kasper - International Olympic Committee
In personal conversations, it is certainly a topic, and I have read that Sochi or Munich [could] come into play… But I think it would be wrong now to arrange a plan B. To burden a replacement venue with such a big commitment wouldn't be justifiable, and we have a responsibility to Pyeongchang. What I fear is that some nations may boycott the Games, because they have concerns for their athletes.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
Gary Bettman, Eric Garcetti and Alex Ovechkin, 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 384 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 595 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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Mike Lee

The election of Emmanuel Macron was good news for our bid.feedback

Thierry Rey

It's important to show some unity to the I.O.C. members.feedback

Francois Hollande

It was important for the state to take a step back. It was important to realize that what mattered wasn't only the role of public authorities, but the role of the sports world, and the overall movement. I said that we were ready, that the necessary conditions were there, and that in terms of values, organizing the Games was the most beautiful answer we could give to fundamentalism. In France, we like division, but we are also able to unite. And when we are together, it's hard to defeat us.feedback

James Dyson

It is a crisis of confidence which denies our independent spirit. It is a corrosive thing that happened since the Victorian times, we have forgotten what made us successful and made us wealthy.feedback

James Dyson

When I was told at school if I didn't work hard I would end up in a factory - well I have, and it is very valuable. Being a writer, a filmmaker, an actress, a model, even a lawyer and a banker – these are considered glamorous by the upper classes. But along the way, and particularly over last 60 to 100 years we have lost our confidence in ability to make things, to sell, to exploit globally. We seem to want to buy other people's things.feedback

James Dyson

There were green and pleasant land in England and suddenly there are chimneys and smoke and women with hammers - and then Brunel wondering around looking lost. That was the last thing he ever did. He was a very purposeful, focussed man.feedback

James Dyson

It was [universities and science minister] Jo Johnson who gave me the idea. For years, I have been going to every Secretary of State for Education to complain about the lack of engineers.feedback

James Dyson

But creating things, for some reason, that is not seen as an interesting or an exciting thing to do. This perception is wrong.feedback

James Dyson

Britain has always exploited the world, we are great internationalists, great individualists. But along the way, and particularly over last 60 to 100 years we have lost our confidence in ability to make things, to sell, to exploit globally. We seem to want to buy other people's things.feedback

James Dyson

Almost every writer or film maker since Dickens has disparaged industry – this is really bad stuff. That is the luvvies' view of engineering and manufacturing.feedback

James Dyson

I do not want to disparage the arts or the cultural values - but we don't half ignore and despise manufacturing. I can't think of anything that celebrates it.feedback

James Dyson

It is an unfortunate, you can't ban Dickens and Blake but you could present an alternative version. Teachers have no experience of engineering and don't understand that world.feedback

Jeremy Easterbrook

I was in the best shape of my life, training six hours a day, and my coach told me if I trained with him for four more years maybe I'd get through the first round of the Olympics. I went home and embraced racketlon.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

Me, my teammates and all players who want to go all lose. So do all the fans of hockey with this decision that we are not allowed to be invited. NHL players in the Olympics is good for hockey and good for the Olympics. It sucks that will we not [sic] be there to play!!feedback

Alex Ovechkin

I said every time I was asked since last Olympics that nobody is going to tell me I can't play because my country was going to be allowed to ask me. Now the IIHF and NHL say my country is not allowed to ask anybody in the NHL to play and there is nothing to talk about anymore. This is not just about me but all the NHL players who want to play and have a chance to win Gold for their country. Me, my team mates and all players who want to go all lose. So do all the fans of hockey with this decision that we are not allowed to be invited.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

NHL players in the Olympics is good for hockey and good for Olympics. It sucks that will we not be there to play!!feedback

Emmanuel Macron

In the coming seven years we will prepare the Olympic Games with all our energy. Together we must do everything in our power to ensure that Paris hosts a magnificent games in 2024.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way. It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary.feedback

Alex Ovechkin

I didn't change my mind, and I won't. It's my country. You know, I think everybody wants to play there, and it's the biggest opportunity in your life to play in the Olympic Games. So I don't know. Somebody going to tell me don't go, I don't care. I just go.feedback

Eric Garcetti

This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the Olympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond.feedback

Sophie Richardson - Human Rights Watch

The reality is that the Chinese government's hosting of the Games has been a catalyst for abuses.feedback

Joe Buscaino

I'm tired of these people coming to us and questioning our decision making. What these games will do is create jobs and weed out poverty and put Los Angeles on the map.feedback

Gabby Douglas

When I started this journey, I never knew what it took to get to the Olympics – I had a lot of self doubt. You have to believe that you're good enough and not give up.feedback

Eric Maleson

I started speaking to the I.O.C. in 2011. Every year, we had scandals with the organizing committee and the Brazilian Olympic committee.feedback

Eric Maleson

This a clear conflict of interests, and the I.O.C. should never have allowed this to happen.feedback

Eric Maleson

I explained and gave them information about what I know in order for them to investigate. This is just the beginning – there's more things they already know.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

Seb and I agreed right at the start that it was going to be done properly, because if anything was even remotely improper it would kill the whole image of the Olympic movement in this country and besides, we didn't have any money anyway. I'm surprised at Nuzman's links to everything that's going on in Brazil, My wife and I took him and his wife out to dinner in Singapore but that is it. I was never approached with any inducements and to my knowledge neither were Seb or Keith. I'm as close to certain as possible that London was a clean bid.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

These discussions are going on. It will still take some time because this industry is now shaping itself. It's a successful industry, but it is not yet really established in an organisational way.feedback

Mark Todd

I never thought I'd come back full time. It was just a bit of a dare to see if I could make it back to the Olympics in six months.feedback

Mark Emmert

You have an extraordinary opportunity. You have some wonderful universities in Japan, you have a very strong higher education infrastructure here with some great schools and you have the enthusiasm of the Olympics in 2020, when you're whole nation is going to be focused on sport for the next three years as you roll into this incredible event.feedback

Bob Costas

Terrorist attacks and other outrages happen, sadly, on a constant basis. But this one struck the Olympics itself. That's what separated it: not that it was more tragic or more significant than others, but that it was directly tied to the Olympics.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

So if ever somebody is competing at playing football virtually or playing other sports virtually, this is of high interest. We hope that, then, these players are really delivering sports performance. If [fans] at the end would even play the sports in the real world, we would even be more happy.feedback

Rickesh Kishnani

Clearly we've seen a rise of Japanese whiskies here in Asia, especially over the past three years, and we see that continuing. Of course the Olympics coming up in 2020, the relatively low yen and continued interest in tourism in Japan has really made for a lot of interest in the single malt whisky business.feedback

Boris Becker

This is the new DTB. I had my problems with the old DTB but that is in the past now. The timing seems to fit now. We will do it until the Olympics in Japan and then we will see.feedback

Shalane Flanagan

Receiving my proper medal and having the record books changed is a dream come true. I greatly appreciate the USOC's efforts to host a more formal medal ceremony in my honour, but with my coach and my family, I have decided to forego that option and instead celebrate in private. This news, and receiving my medal, are all that I need to feel incredibly fulfilled and happy. I'm honoured and proud to officially be the 2008 10,000-metre silver medallist.feedback

Ashley Terron

I was pulled to one side by a teacher and asked 'What are you doing? You're better than that'. I found it offensive – especially as I knew by the age of 19 I could be earning £50,000 if I was good at it.feedback

Neil Bentley

As we look to Brexit, showing Britain has the ability to grow its own talent and produce people with the skills needed for the economy to succeed is a powerful signal.feedback

Ashley Terron

We got a pat on the back for representing Britain. But at the end of the day, skills like this are the UK's backbone – nothing runs without them.feedback

Ashley Terron

I knew I'd done well. People were saying I'd smashed it but until my name came up as gold medallist I wasn't sure. When I saw I'd won I went wild.feedback

Neil Bentley

There's a view by some parents that apprenticeships are for other people's children. We're looking for the best of the best to compete at an international level and show there is a rewarding alternative to a university degree.feedback

Peter Bakare

The parallels between sport and skills are huge. We're trying to get them past mental barriers, just like in sport. We're setting goals and managing their training. They are willing to try, and try, and try but without focus they might practise the wrong things. And just like sport, only fractions separate gold and silver.feedback

Dina Asher-Smith

If I was about 28 I would be a bit more angry. But I've probably got another two Olympics left – and [high jumper] Morgan Lake and I were even debating whether we'd be at Los Angeles in 2028 too. I am convinced I am going to be there with a kid but we will see.feedback

Therese Heslop

Following a peak after the 2012 Olympics, overall numbers have reduced, although some of this fall is owing to a change in the way we count non-paying visitors.feedback

Mike Modano

The talent level now, it really reminds me of our group the mid to late '90s. About 10 to 12 guys, all the same age, coming up together. We competed really hard against each other in the NHL but put our egos aside and loved getting the chance to play with each other to represent our country. It would be unfortunate for these guys to miss out on the Olympics, because I'd like to see what they're capable of doing.feedback

Jim Johannson - Kontinental Hockey League

It was hugely important to remain aligned with [the NHL]. They're great partners in so many programs. The Olympics is just one part of the equation. Ultimately, it's something the NHL and NHLPA are going to have to work out, but it's a shared agreement upon them. I'm not trying to stay out of it, but to a degree I am -- because that's their business.feedback

James Smith

Anytime we can have NHL players play for us, we're happy, but we understand there's other factors at play and we have to accept that. But when you hear people say this diminishes the Olympics -- I mean, it's the Olympics. It comes every four years. It doesn't matter who is playing, it will be enjoyable to watch.feedback

Neil Black

We've three years to the Tokyo Olympics, so we are really very confident. All logic would say to carry on with a similar approach. You apply a consistent progression to these athletes, and every one of those guys who has finished in the top eight is capable over the next two or three years of stepping up.feedback

Ed Warner

The London 2012 Olympics gave the nation its self-belief back. London 2017 has given athletics its belief back. It has given the sport the opportunity to believe again.feedback

John Delury

The whole point of the Olympics is to use sports as a way to bridge even the most acrimonious political divides. Given President Moon Jae-in's underlying belief in the need for dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation between the two Koreas, it certainly makes sense that South Korea would try some form of co-hosting. Whether Pyongyang is capable of being engaged is a question that can only be answered by trying.feedback

Tom Bosworth

I'm really looking forward to it. I watched two of the races in London, pretty much the same course, from the Olympics and that was about three or four people deep. It should be a little bit like that. It would be incredible. I can't imagine what the noise is going to be like. I've just got to stay calm and be prepared for that. I hope they do come out because I buzz off the crowd.feedback

Herb Wesson

This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up. Who knows what the future holds but I have faith in you and this body that if anything comes up we will make the necessary adjustments to make this the most successful Games in the history of the Olympics.feedback

Nick Miller - Scotland Yard

I felt good, I'm in good shape, I just wanted to do myself proud. Last year I had a stress fracture in my spine and I kind of went in to the Rio Olympics knowing it was a long shot, but now I'm healthy and things are looking good.feedback

Ted Leonsis

If Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby and [Niklas] Backstrom tell us, We want to go play for our country,' how am I going to say no? I might get fined, I might get punished in some way, but I feel I'm in partnership with Nick and Braden and Alex.feedback

Jim Johannson - Kontinental Hockey League

We have not had any conversations with any players and we are respectful of our relationship with the NHL.feedback

Edrick Floreal

The N.C.A.A. screen at Eugene is so much higher, so you have to take your eyes a little bit off the track and go 60 to 70 feet up. Whereas in London and all the world championships and Olympics, the screens are typically directly in the middle of the turn and are so big you can see all the lanes.feedback

Ted Leonsis

The Olympics are incredibly meaningful to Alex and his family. So my commitment to them was, I will always do what's in Alex's best interest, and I said it 10 years ago, I'll say it today: If Alex Ovechkin says this is really important to me to go represent and play for my country, I'm going to support him. What's the worst that could happen? We'll get fined or something. I hope it doesn't get to that. But I've got to have my captain's back, and I will.feedback

Allan Yeoh

We tried for many years to convince developers to include a proper ice skating rink in their plans, but there were no takers. But we're very happy that we now have a state-of-the-art facility already completed.feedback

Seng Chee

This is the closest we'll get to training like a professional athlete. We've been training 13 times a week and that's basically all we've been doing.feedback

Trevor Noah

Of course, because this is Hollywood, there will be big changes to the Olympics. For example, the entire Chinese Olympic team will be played by white actors.feedback

Eric Garcetti

We know we will return the Olympic legacy to what it's all about. We're a city that has always been a Games-changer and again will be in 2028.feedback

Patrick Nally

The insecurities of what bidding has become means they (International Olympic Committee) have got to move away from a format which does cause them problems be it Rio, be it Sochi. The Olympics has got to move on and LA has solved their problems but there are not many LAs in the world; they can't rely another LA coming along in another eight years, so time to change.feedback

Eric Garcetti

On my first day as mayor, I wrote, as my first act, a letter to USA Olympic Committee to saying that we wanted to bring the Olympics back. That day we have begun a remarkable journey. In sports term there is no other metaphor: it was a marathon.feedback

Eric Garcetti

This is an historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States, and for the Olympic and Paralympic movements around the world. Today, we take a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation and begin a new chapter in Los Angeles's timeless Olympic story. This agreement with the IOC will allow us to seed a legacy of hope and opportunity that will lift up every community in Los Angeles–not in 11 years' time, but starting now. Will kick-start our drive to make L.A. the healthiest city in America.feedback

Bill Furniss

What it means is it's probably a really good launch pad for the next three years [looking towards the Tokyo Olympics].feedback

James Magnussen

I'm sure there are swimmers within those teams that are frustrated with the order and selection of those relay teams and I'm sure they'd be feeling the same way I did last year at the Rio Olympics.feedback

Kevin Durant

I really don't care about the Kyrie Irving situation. I just want guys in the league to be happy wherever they are playing and have some fun playing with the ball. So, wherever that is, for Kyrie, I hope he finds that. But LeBron James is a phenomenal player. I got a chance to play on his team in the Olympics in 2012, and learned a lot from him.feedback

Nastia Liukin

I designed this collection around stars because explorers in the early days would use the night sky for navigation. If they kept their course and followed the stars, they'd reach their destination. I put stars on my vision board as a reminder to stay focused on my goals, despite any disappointments or failures. Even now after the Olympics, I still use stars as a guide, knowing I'll get there one way or another.feedback

Jon Jones

I believe I'm already the greatest fighter of all time. I'm the one. I'm something special. ... Either you got it or you don't. Throughout (Cormier's) career it's been proven time and time again that he is not the one. If he was the one he would have beat Cael Sanderson (in wrestling), if he was the one he would have won the Olympics. If he was the one he would have beat me the first time. I believe that I'm the one and I'm going to prove it again.feedback

Margaret Bergmann Lambert

And suddenly I realized that there were tears just flowing down my cheeks. I'm not a crier. But now I just couldn't help it. I remember watching those athletes, and remembering what it was like for me in 1936, how I could very well have won an Olympic medal. And through the tears, I said, Damn it!feedback

Margaret Bergmann Lambert

It was a terrible shock, because I was the best. I don't hate all Germans anymore, though I did for a long time. But I'm aware of many Germans trying to make up for wrongs as well as they know how. And, yes, I felt that the young people of Germany should not be held responsible for what their elders did.feedback

Laura Blakey

Honestly, if it wasn't for Greg, that wouldn't have happened. I wasn't Katie Ledecky going to the Olympics, but he cared about me. He could tell I had a little bit left in me, and I wanted to prove him right.feedback

Giada De Laurentiis

It's tricky but I take it day by day. I try to schedule my time so if I do come to New York for something, I bang it out and then I go home. It also means I have sinus infections constantly because I'm always on the road. There's not one single part of her that's like, I'm going to be a cook like my mom.' No it's like, That's my mom and I am my own person. She likes to do other things. One day she wants to be a professional horseback rider, the next day she wants to be a gymnast in the Olympics and the next day she wants to sing. It changes every day. Cooking is never on that list.feedback

Martin Slumbers

A testament to that was that [the Open coverage] won a Bafta for sport. They were up against the BBC's coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics, and also the Six Nations. So I think that was a fantastic testament to what we did last year at Royal Troon, and really shows what you can do with TV. We're building on that this year.feedback

Svetlana Kolesnichenko

My answer would be: It's a different type of work. When you synchronize to the music, you have your own vision, your own interpretation of the music.feedback

Ona Carbonell

Obviously, we would like for the Olympics to be like the world championships, to have more medals. Swimming gets a lot of tests, and we only get two.feedback

Hideki Matsuyama

It is hard to imagine a greater honour than representing Japan in a home Olympics. It is definitely a goal for me. When Andy Murray won the tennis Olympic gold in the 2012 London Olympics, I dreamt about how incredibly special it would be to do the same in the golf in Japan.feedback

Johanna Konta

I was actually born in Australia to Hungarian parents but I've lived here for half my life now almost and I'm a British citizen and I'm incredibly proud to represent Great Britain...I've represented Britain in the Olympics so I'm definitely a British athlete.feedback

Aled Davies

I'm in good shape, really strong. I think I can throw 18 metres next Saturday and really bury the comp. We'll be aiming towards able-bodied Commonwealths over the next few years. That's the long-term goal. I think the Olympics would be a bit out of reach.feedback

Michelle Obama

Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a passionate champion for those with developmental challenges, empowering them to fulfill their highest potential. Her work to promote inclusion and acceptance transformed the lives of countless young athletes and inspired us all. I am incredibly honored to present this award to her son to celebrate her life's work.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

Quite frankly, I don't think that you need to reward somebody if you give somebody a present. You know for the city it would also be a safe bet. Then city would get the right to host the Olympic Games without the risk of defeat in the election procedure. So again this would be a win, win situation. It would be a win for the candidate city and it would be a win for the IOC and this would put this city on an equal basis as the '24 city.feedback

Eric Garcetti

I'm sitting up here with two mayors of two cities which will host, after Tokyo (in 2020), the next two Olympics ... We are one step closer to making that happen and I have full confidence we will get there.feedback

Eric Garcetti

They can't afford to lose the United States. Both (United States and French officials) will find it more and more difficult to convince cities -- whether it's Paris, Los Angeles or other American cities -- to really go into this process if one of us gets turned down.feedback

Michelle Obama

I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman, a woman who believed that everyone has something to contribute and everyone deserves a chance. When we give others the chance to fulfill their greatest potential, we all win. Through her passionate service, she made our world more welcoming, inclusive and fair. Our mother would have loved you. She would have loved your forthrightness, your honesty, your toughness, your commitment also to get everybody on the playing field. She would have been so honored that you are here for here tonight as we all are.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

With Los Angeles and Paris, there are two fantastic cities from countries with a profound Olympic history.feedback

Eric Garcetti

[This team] has presented I think the strongest bid in modern Olympic history,'. We look forward to working together maybe not in competition but collaboration with Paris.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We lost three times, we don't want to lose a fourth one. I'm here to convey the message that there's a strong unity to back this candidacy.feedback

Jim Bush

I think they should do away with the Olympics. The purpose of the Olympics is dead. There is no such thing as amateurism. The Games don't bring people together in peace, but give vent to national hatreds.feedback

Anne Hidalgo

We are all at the disposition and by the side of the IOC which was right to ask itself this question.feedback

Phil Hersh

Minimizing the financial risk – and thereby the likelihood of another budget-busting fiasco that would further frighten potential future bidders – is the best part of a well-conceived L.A. bid that will have no major venue or village construction needs.feedback

Gemma Fay

England have qualified for international competitions for many many years. Then came the explosion of support around the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup. We see this tournament as the start of something. It's an opportunity to start creating the depth of passion for women's football that England now seem to have.feedback

Rob Manfred

I can't imagine a situation where we would take the kind of break that would be necessary to have our best players in the Olympics. As a result of that, we feel the WBC is crucial as a substitute, a premiere international tournament that allows our players to play for their countries.feedback

Ilya Kovalchuk

Yes, the team has the task of defending the championship and that's always difficult to achieve. It's an Olympic year, so everyone who wants to represent their country has to play at their best. I am not an exception, and it's a challenge which I accept.feedback

Ilya Kovalchuk

One of the main factors was the upcoming Olympic Games. In 2018, only players who play in European championships and the KHL can compete there. It was important to stay with SKA, because I have only played here in the KHL. I have a lot of warmth for the club and our fans.feedback

Richard Budgett

We will assist it but (testing) in Pyeongchang will be under the authority of the ITA. It will be there in Pyeongchang, even if in a preliminary form. Responsibility will be passed to the ITA. The resources of the IOC will be there at their disposal.feedback

Mark Adams

We are already discussing a potential refugee team for Tokyo 2020. We want to strengthen our efforts with the United Nations.feedback

Moon Jae-in

I think (North Korea's Olympic attendance) would greatly contribute in realizing Olympic values, which are about bringing humanity together and promoting world peace.feedback

Moon Jae-in

When athletes from South and North Korea, and from the rest of the world, sweat and compete against each other, offer a hand to fellow athletes who have fallen down, and embrace each other, the world will witness peace through the Olympic games. I look forward to North Korea's active and positive response.feedback

Jung Moon-hyun

What's most important is that North Korea not act in a way that earns President Moon criticism when he makes a gesture of reconciliation.feedback

Mario Lowe

To see that my sport was one of the dirtiest in that Olympics changed my world. It's a really dark rabbit hole. I don't want people to cast a shadow on my career. Mom saw that our ship was sinking.feedback

Christyn Williams

I would never have known it was her first time coaching if she hadn't told us. She's a great mentor. She's done a lot of the things I want to do -- Olympics, WNBA, coaching, sports broadcasting.feedback

Stéphane Bermon

This study brings new evidence [of] the performance-enhancing effects of androgens in elite female athletes. Although long suspected [to be the case], until now there was no proof. Our starting position is to defend, protect and promote fair female competition. If, as the study shows, in certain events female athletes with higher testosterone levels can have a competitive advantage of between 1.8 and 4.5% over female athletes with lower testosterone levels, imagine the magnitude of the advantage for female athletes with testosterone levels in the normal male range.feedback

Odorico Roman

He's 24, so that augments the risk of not adapting the old continent where I don't think they play the same kind of football, but I repeat, he has great qualities. I don't think his value can be far away from Gabigol or Gabriel Jesus. He played more than them in the Olympics, and he's currently the best striker in Brazil.feedback

Leon Goretzka

I didn't even notice that to be honest. I don't read all the stories every day. But last year we had a similar situation at the Olympics. There a young German team showed that you can get a whole nation to rally behind you at a seemingly unnoticeable tournament. Suddenly you gain attention and the support of the fans. This is the case again at the Confed Cup.feedback

Mary Joe Fernandez

She's always studying. Every time I had her, whether Fed Cup or the Olympics, she always had her books with her, always was looking to improve some aspect of her life, and I think that's why the longevity is there in her tennis.feedback

Mary Joe Fernandez

In 2012, when she played at the Olympics, I remember her wanting to practice so much and her mom saying, Please be careful, she can't be practicing that much. She definitely wants to train the way she used to, but has learned she cannot. It was hard in the beginning, but now she manages her Sjogren's really well, knows when to push and when to back off.feedback

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

Quinton Fortune

I was very fortunate to play for South Africa against him in the Olympics in front of 72,000 fans. But, when he was at Barcelona, he was a different Ronaldinho so I'm hoping we get a glimpse of that and I hope I won't have to mark him!feedback

Ken Kato

Ski equipment used at the Masikryong ski resort was mostly obtained through UN sanctions violations and the IOC should not use the proceeds of crime. I sincerely hope that 'the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles' enshrined in the Fundamental Principles of Olympism be respected.feedback

Keni Harrison

Everyone in this event is really strong. These girls are going to represent and get that sweep like last year (at the Olympics).feedback

Connor McDavid

It's more about team stuff, and he's got all that. I'm sure personal accolades are nice and you appreciate them very much. But it's about winning Cups and winning Olympics and winning World Cups and that kind of thing. He's done it all.feedback

David Florence

It's a real shame, especially seeing other sports get medals added. Unfortunately, in the U.K., if a sport is not in the Olympics, it doesn't get heavily supported, so Richard and I decided to call it quits.feedback

Gauthier Klauss

It's a big shame that the politicians decided to take C2 out, because it is an event that is fun for the canoeing family and federation. The Olympics are now mired in marketing and politics.feedback

Sepp Blatter

No. At school, if you had somebody who was a whistleblower towards the tutor, then…. Yes, yes. She wants to go to the Olympics, and now everybody says it is a shame she can't go because she is a whistleblower. Before long whistleblowers will be allowed to go to everything. Because if you are a whistleblower, it's not correct as well. Why the hell then should the FIFA president bear all the charges, the responsibility and the blame?feedback

Silvia Lagnado - McDonald's

McDonald's and the IOC have mutually agreed to end our worldwide TOP Partnership (The Olympic Partner Programme). As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities. We have been proud to support the Olympic Movement, and we thank our customers and staff, the spectators, athletes and officials, as well as the IOC and local Olympics Games organising committees, for all of their support over the years.feedback

Andy Murray

So long as I'm fit and healthy and enjoying playing I'll do it as long as I can. I don't want to stop in two years. I want to keep playing. Who knows where I am going to be in a few years. When I go out, I'm really trying to get better and learn stuff and improve. There's a point to me doing it. Maybe I might not even be in the Olympics ranking wise or there might be more British guys ahead of me at that time.feedback

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

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, we understand that McDonald's is looking to focus on different business priorities. For these reasons, we have mutually agreed with McDonald's to part ways.feedback

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

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