emil zatopek Quotes

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.
tags: bad race advantage
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: power problem year
— Emil Zatopek
My running was very simple; it was out of myself.
tags: running
— Emil Zatopek
Men, today we die a little.
tags: men die
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: alone scientist doctor
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: goal
— Emil Zatopek
It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.
tags: men pain suffering boys
— Emil Zatopek
Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.
tags: friendship victory
— Emil Zatopek
If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.
tags: experience
— Emil Zatopek
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
tags: heart hope dreams money
— Emil Zatopek
Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast.
tags: running learn
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: men experience
— Emil Zatopek
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.'
tags: time people thoughts young crazy learn
— Emil Zatopek
Try for a goal that's reasonable, then gradually raise it.
tags: goal
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: boys race doctor
— Emil Zatopek
It is not necessary to smile and make a wonderful impression on the judges.
tags: smile
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: race
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: dog
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: body mind
— Emil Zatopek
I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time
tags: time smile
— Emil Zatopek
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.
tags: time people problem
— Emil Zatopek
A runner must run with dreams in his heart.
tags: heart dreams
— Emil Zatopek
emil zatopek
Birth    : September 19, 1922
Death  : November 22, 2000
Occupation  : Olympic athlete

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