Sebastian Coe Quotes

  • 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.
  • World records are only borrowed.
  • We need to be confident. We need not to blink.
  • All pressure is self-inflicted. It's what you make of it or how you let it rub off on you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I will go to my grave believing that participation is best driven by the well-stocked shop window.
  • I joined the local athletics club when I was 12, that's what I did. I did it of my own volition.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sport is a universal language, building more bridges between people than anything else I can think of.
  • 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.
  • Everybody recognises that giving young people competitive outlet through sport is a very good thing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There is nothing so marginal as a party that has been in power for 18 years and slides into opposition. You influence nothing.
  • 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.
  • Quite simply the Games are the biggest opportunity sport in this country has ever had. It is one that we must not squander.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.