10 Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes

by Kenzie Mastroe
Feb 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes
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Whether you're looking for workout motivation, trying to prep for a new job interview or just need some inspiration to get through your day, the most important (and sometimes most difficult) step is getting into a good headspace. Thoughts like, "I'm not good enough," or "I'm not fit enough," are self-perpetuating and can lead you down a dark road. When I'm in need of some positive vibes, I find one of the best things to do is to look to some of the women I admire most for help.

With the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics fast approaching, why not pull some inspiration from some of the greatest female athletes? We've found 11 of the most inspiring quotes from some of the strongest, most inspiring female athletes of our time and put them together in a list for you.

1 /10: Bethany Hamilton

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Bethany Hamilton
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1/10 :Bethany Hamilton

“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” — Bethany Hamilton in her book, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board 

2 /10: Donna Orender

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Donna Orender
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2/10 :Donna Orender

"Women: When we team up we are incredibly powerful. Find someone to team up with... Our voices collectively really do make a difference, and change and perspective is worth fighting for." — Donna Orender at SheKnows Media's 2017 BlogHer conference

3 /10: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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3/10 :Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you.”— Jackie Joyner-Kersee during a motivational speech

4 /10: Olga Korbut

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Olga Korbut
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4/10 :Olga Korbut

“Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat: You have to master yourself.” — Olga Korbut in Things Will Get As Good As You Can Stand

5 /10: Serena Williams

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Serena Williams
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5/10 :Serena Williams

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very strong, be extremely kind, and above all, be humble.” — Serena Williams at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards

6 /10: Mia Hamm

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Mia Hamm
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6/10 :Mia Hamm

“True champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.” — Mia Hamm in She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman

7 /10: Billie Jean King

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Billie Jean King
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7/10 :Billie Jean King

“Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great.” — Billie Jean King in the book, The Ultimate Achievement Journal: Daily Inspiration for Peak Fitness Performance

8 /10: Simone Biles

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Simone Biles
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8/10 :Simone Biles

"I'd rather regret the risks that didn't work out than the chances I didn't take at all." — Simone Biles in a tweet

9 /10: Abby Wambach

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Abby Wambach
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9/10 :Abby Wambach

“We need to have women in more powerful positions that are making decisions, so when that 10-year-old girl is looking up and wondering, 'What can I do and what do I want to be when I get older?' she has the opportunity to do and be whatever she wants.” — Abby Wambach in an interview with NPR

10 /10: Wilma Rudolph

Inspiring Quotes From Female Athletes: Wilma Rudolph
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10/10 :Wilma Rudolph

“Believe me; the reward is not so great without the struggle.” — Wilma Rudolph in article for the Chicago Tribune