"I've always considered myself the best and the top. I never considered that I was out of it."
"Every time I go out and race it's a goal to go out and run faster than I've done before."
"I'm proud of the way I've dealt with setbacks. It's hard when you feel down and you think, 'Why is the world doing this to me?' But you have to pick yourself up again. That's what makes you a better athlete."
"We're all just playing our own game. I don't see it as a rivalry. We're just trying to play our best."
"I want to tell girls, it's not about make-up and how you look that's important; you are so much more than how you look." Katie Taylor, boxer
"Champions keep playing until they get it right."
"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice."
The pressures. God, the pressures – when I think of them now. As I say, it was a journey and a half. But the only way is to fight your way out and keep going until the dream comes true."
"I never look back, I look forward."
"It's such a chauvinistic sport, a lot of the owners wanted to kick me off. Everyone else can get stuffed [who] think women aren't good enough."
"Never give up and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds".
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