There are many people who could be Olympic champions. All-Americans who have never tried. I’d estimate more than 5 million people could have beaten me in the pole vault the years I won it… at least 5 million.
God gives us a difficulty in order to bring out the fighting spirit. Everything that happens to you can happen for good if you have this spirit. The essential thing in life is not in the conquering, but in the fight.
One of the great lessons I’ve learned in athletics is that you’ve got to discipline your life. No matter how good you may be, you’ve got to be willing to cut out of your life those things that keep you from going to the top.