Linford Christie Quotes

  1. I am a coach on the outside of the establishment and that works.
  2. People live, people die. It’s always hard when it’s a member of your family.
  3. I know what it takes to get to the top.
  4. I’m good in the garden and I can do the cooking, ironing and cleaning, but I can’t hang wallpaper or paint.
  5. Obviously I was disappointed when it fell into disuse, because it was my own track named after me, but I am sure all those youngsters we lost will be coming back, and I certainly intend to be down here as much as I can, coaching and advising.
  6. When I was competing, I cut out red meat but only because I felt it took too long to digest, so I stuck to chicken and fish.
  7. Some of today’s athletes do not have that kind of pride. They left school at 16, have never had a job in their life and are getting Lottery funding, earning money as an athlete.
  8. If you criticise something then you have to have an alternative, but we do have to try and improve things.
  9. But I sometimes think we have too much of a fixation about 2012.
  10. I’ve done my country proud.
  11. When I was competing, I trained between three and six hours a day, seven days a week.
  12. Appreciate me for what I am doing.
  13. I don’t think there are really enough meetings in Britain for our athletes to compete properly, and because of this a lot of the talent we have has been stunted.
  14. You can always be stronger.
  15. Within what gifts you are given you can change certain events in your life and some people choose not to do that.
  16. I am there for the athletes I coach.
  17. I have got better things to do in working with my athletes who I feel are going to be involved in 2012.
  18. I like to have space.
  19. Adopting a new healthier lifestyle can involve changing diet to include more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as increasing levels of exercise.
  20. I think the athletes respond well to me because I have been successful.
  21. I think there’s institutionalised racism in this country.
  22. I love being in the garden, and my ‘chilling-out room’ is almost like being out there.
  23. My first love is the sport, and it will always be my priority.
  24. I think the Jamaicans are among the most talented people on the planet; it’s just that through circumstances, through poverty, they rarely get the chance to bring those talents to the fore.
  25. We have got to go out there and deliver, go on the streets and find athletes, improve facilities around the country and find coaches. We have got to go out there and search for a star.
  26. Olympic Style lifting compliments sprint training perfectly. It does this by making sure everything in the body is ‘fully connected.’ This is based on the principle that all movements have a kinetic chain.
  27. There was no money in the sport but we’d be out there day in, day out, rain or shine, doing it.
  28. I’m a very opinionated person and when I feel something I have to say it.
  29. I think it’s great that they are getting funding, but it’s just too easy. They don’t have to work for it. We did it because we had pride, because we loved it.
  30. I’ve never enjoyed being cooped up.
  31. I have always eaten well.
  32. What motivated me as much as anything was to show the racists that a black man could bring pride and honour to Britain.
  33. I used to say to my opponents: ‘If you let me beat you, I’m going to tell your kids you were beaten by an older man.’ When I beat them I would tell them I did it with a slight hamstring problem or that I was only feeling 80 per cent fit.
  34. It should be your parents and others in the community that you look up to. For me it was my grandmother, a great woman. She had wisdom and knowledge.
  35. Regardless of what I’ve ever done or will ever do, I’ll always be black.
  36. When I was competing I didn’t have a nutritionist. It wasn’t something that British athletics offered back then.
  37. I grew up until I was seven in Jamaica with my grandmother, who I still think of as the greatest person I have known in my life.
  38. When I was young you raced from one end of the street to the other, or round the block.
  39. As athletes, when you find something that gets to someone you have to press their buttons.
  40. I coach a few guys and they work very, very hard, but in our day we did it because we just loved it.

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