Sebastian Coe Quotes

  • There may be problems we still need to tease out, but we will leave no stone unturned in our bid to make London the host city.
  • The great thing about athletics is that it's like poker sometimes: you know what's in your hand, and it may be a load of rubbish, but you've got to keep up the front.
  • I started track and field when I was 12 and didn't get to an Olympic Games until I was nearly 23. By any stretch of the imagination that's a very long apprenticeship.
  • I'm not sure there are enough coaches in the system that can take young talent and consistently get them into the top five in the world.
  • Everybody recognises that giving young people competitive outlet through sport is a very good thing.
  • All pressure is self-inflicted. It's what you make of it or how you let it rub off on you.
  • Nobody ever becomes an expert parent. But I think good parenting is about consistency. It's about being there at big moments, but it's also just the consistency of decision making. And it's routine.
  • To anyone who has started out on a long campaign believing that the gold medal was destined for him, the feeling when, all of a sudden, the medal has gone somewhere else is quite indescribable.
  • I don't think I am a workaholic. I prefer to keep busy. It is better than the alternative.
  • Quite simply the Games are the biggest opportunity sport in this country has ever had. It is one that we must not squander.
  • I will go to my grave believing that participation is best driven by the well-stocked shop window.
  • The London Games will be designed for the athletes and we will provide them with the very best venues and the very best conditions to pursue their sporting dreams in London.
  • World records are only borrowed.
  • Sport was an integral part of school life. The most influential teachers were not necessarily the PE teachers, but the teachers who helped me in sport because they had an understanding of what you were going through.
  • There is nothing so marginal as a party that has been in power for 18 years and slides into opposition. You influence nothing.
  • At university level, I had an economics lecturer who used to joke that I was the only student who handed in essays on British Airways notepaper.
  • Our success in Singapore was a Herculean effort by the whole team. Now I am determined to deliver on all we promised. I will be watching like a hawk.
  • Sport is a universal language, building more bridges between people than anything else I can think of.
  • Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm.
  • I joined the local athletics club when I was 12, that's what I did. I did it of my own volition.
  • We need to be confident. We need not to blink.
  • I've never sent an email in my life. My kids laugh. I often hand the phone to them and say, 'Can you text this message to somebody.' I don't even have a computer on my desk.
  • It is really important that we promote competitive support in schools. It is very important that we recognise that has to be underpinned by good quality physical education and by getting people into patterns of exercise.