Many Olympic movies have been made, trying to capture those universal themes of excellence, commitment, and personal sacrifice. The best of the bunch is Chariots of Fire, a fascinating tale of two completely different British runners who compete for gold at the 1924 Olympics. Here are the 11 best movie quotes about the essence of Olympian ideals.
It doesnt matter tomorrow if they come in first or fiftieth. Those guys have earned the right to walk into that stadium and wave their nations flag. Thats the single greatest honor an athlete can ever have. Thats what the Olympics are all about.
Cool Runnings (1993) – Irwin Blitzer (John Candy)
Well, as they say in the Olympics, its not the winning, its the taking part that counts.
Sleuth (1972) – Milo Tindle (Michael Caine)
Where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within.
Chariots of Fire (1981) – Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson)
Once in a generation an athlete pits himself against such overwhelming odds that even the most jaded spectator finds himself cheering breathlessly.
Iron Will (1994) – Harry Kingsley (Kevin Spacey)
If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.
Grease (1978) – Principal McGee (Eve Arden)
The high jump is a masochists event - it always ends in failure.
Personal Best (1982) – Terry Tingloff (Scott Glenn)
Fear is not whats important, its how you deal with it. It would be like asking a marathon runner if they feel pain. Its not a matter of whether you feel it, its how you manage it.
War Photographer (2001) – James Nachtwey (himself)
The Olympics, the NBA, the NFL, all filled up with children who didnt have fathers. You may be a flawed character, but youre building hers.
Jackpot (2001) – Lester (Garrett Morris)
I dont want to win unless I know Ive done my best.
Without Limits (1998) – Steve Prefontaine (Billy Crudup)
“A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if youre not enough without one, youll never be enough with one.”
Cool Runnings (1993) - Irwin Blitzer (John Candy)