Zitat des Tages von Steve Prefontaine:
Why shouldn't I do what I want to do... I'm an American citizen.
American athletes, especially distance runners, are at a big disadvantage against the rest of the world. We're expected to live by all the rules, like not being able to coach, but still train and make our own living.
It doesn't feel that good when you're ahead the whole way.
If he's having a good day and running the right race, nobody can beat Frank Shorter at 10,000 meters... nobody except me.
Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.
A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.
To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.
Something inside of me just said 'Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,' and I just took off.
This is my last year at Oregon, and it means a lot to me. The people have been great to me up there, so if I have to run three races to win the Pac-8 title, I'll do it. Oh, sure, I'll probably be tired, but the people shouting will carry me across the finish line.
No one will ever win a 5,000-meter by running an easy two miles. Not against me.
I have a positive mental attitude, and I think I'm divine, but I also think it takes a heck of a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
I don't just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting.
What I want is to be number one.
I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.
Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.
Nobody likes tainted victories.
Did you ever run behind a slow pack? You get a trailing wind and a lot of body odor.
Coos Bay is a sports-minded town. You had to be an athlete to be somebody.
My philosophy is that I'm an artist. I perform an art not with a paint brush or a camera. I perform with bodily movement. Instead of exhibiting my art in a museum or a book or on canvas, I exhibit my art in front of the multitudes.
I knew I had to show everybody that I could excel at something. But I didn't know what.
To hell with love of country - I compete for myself.
What I like most about track is the feeling I get inside after a good run.
It's not who's the best - it's who can take the most pain.
What does it prove, running in the AAU meet?
If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself. But if it's a slow pace, and I get beaten by a kicker who leaches off the front, then I'll always wonder, 'What if...?'
I know places you better speak low if you've been to college. Men will come across the room and cold-deck you if you hold your glass wrong.
People say I should be running for a gold medal for the old red, white and blue and all that bull, but it's not gonna be that way.