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    There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: bad  race  advantage 
     
    If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: power  problem  year 
     
    My running was very simple; it was out of myself.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: running 
     
    Men, today we die a little.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: men  die 
     
    To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity. And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.
    — Emil Zatopek
    What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.
    — Emil Zatopek
    The athlete of today is not an athlete alone. He's the center of a team - doctors, scientists, coaches, agents and so on.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: alone  scientist  doctor 
     
    You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: goal 
     
    It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: men  pain  suffering  boys 
     
    Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.
    — Emil Zatopek
    If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: experience 
     
    An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: heart  hope  dreams  money 
     
    Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: running  learn 
     
    We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: men  experience 
     
    Everyone said, 'Emil, you are a fool!' But when I first won the European Championship, they said: 'Emil, you are a genius!'
    — Emil Zatopek
    If I can get better, why not?
    — Emil Zatopek
    When I was young, I was too slow. I thought I must learn to run fast by practicing to run fast, so I ran 100 meters fast 20 times. Then I came back, slow,slow,slow. People said, 'Emil, you are crazy. You are training like a sprinter.'
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: time  people  thoughts  young  crazy  learn 
     
    Try for a goal that's reasonable, then gradually raise it.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: goal 
     
    One day the factory sports coach, who was very strict, pointed at four boys, including me, and ordered us to run in a race. I protested that I was weak and not fit to run, but the coach sent me for a physical examination and the doctor said that I was perfectly well. So I had to run, and when I got started I felt I wanted to win. But I only came in second. That was the way it started.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: boys  race  doctor 
     
    It is not necessary to smile and make a wonderful impression on the judges.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: smile 
     
    I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: race 
     
    If you come to think of it, you never see deer, dogs and rabbits worrying about their menus and yet they run much faster than humans.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: dog 
     
    By a persistent effort of will it is possible to change the whole body. The athlete must always keep in mind this concept of change and progression. He must never accept his limitations as being permanent, because they are not.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: body  mind 
     
    I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: time  smile 
     
    When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter either. Then willpower will be no problem.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: time  people  problem 
     
    A runner must run with dreams in his heart.
    — Emil Zatopek
    tags: heart  dreams 
     
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    emil zatopek
    Birth    : September 19, 1922
    Death  : November 22, 2000
    Occupation  : Olympic athlete

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