Wyomia Tyus set world records for speed, and won gold medals at consecutive Olympics for the 100-meter dash, the first athlete (male or female) to do so.
Selected Wyomia Tyus Quotations
• Starting all over, it's kind of difficult saying where you want to go. You go step by step, waiting and waiting, and, I guess, being a sprinter, it's hard to wait.
• I never think about anybody. I let them think about me.
• I wasn't paid a dime for my track career. But participating in the Olympics gave me the opportunity to learn about different cultures; it made me a better person. I wouldn't trade the time I competed for anything.
• After the Olympics I did not even run across the street.
• You can be the best in the world and not be recognized.... A lot of it has to do with breaks. If a coach at Tennessee State hadn't given me a break at 14, I never would have been in the Olympic Games.
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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2006. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.
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