Sports Quotes of 1992: The Olympic Games: 'The strongest and fastest I have ever felt'

People came up to me in the street - some of them were men even - and started saying 'I'm not afraid to say I cried for you'. Really. It is a touching thing. Linford Christie on life after Olympic gold.

It was the strongest and fastest I have ever felt. Sally Gunnell, 400m hurdles gold medallist.

As soon as I saw the Red Cross people coming towards me with their stretcher, that was it. It was animal instinct - get up and run. There was no way I was going to be carried out of the Olympics. Derek Redmond on his struggle to the line after pulling up in his 400 metres semi-final.

It was so close out there it was like dying. Mike Powell, long jump loser to Carl Lewis by three centimetres.

The sun will be out tomorrow, and the stars will be out tonight. It was only a race. Michael Johnson, after losing his 200m semi-final.

We have mummies, skulls and human skins on display. What is the difference between those and a stuffed African? Mayor of Banyoles on the fuss over the local museum that almost led to the cancellation of Olympic rowing events in the town.

After Barcelona, all countries will have the right to parade a flag in the Olympics, but many will not have the right to compete. It's the end of Olympic tourism. Juan Antonio Samaranch, head of the International Olympic Committee, on raising qualifying standards.

The Mexican athletes were a bit worried at first, but they came out smiling. Dr Bernard Dingeon, deviser of controversial new sex test in operation at Winter Olympics.

Until we conceded the fourth goal we outplayed the Australians. Bernie Cotton, British men's hockey manager, after 6-0 defeat.

It was worth getting your knickers wet for. Jenny Cardwell, England women's hockey manager, after victory over Spain in the rain.

We're not here to make friends. We're here to beat them. We have a saying back in Utah: 'The Indians did not dine with Custer'. John Stockton, of the US basketball team, on their refusal to stay in the Olympic village.

Well, at least people don't shoot at you here. Antun Vrdoljak, Croatian national Olympic Committee chairman.

I miss crime, murders. I miss Philadelphia. There hasn't been a brutal stabbing or anything nasty here in the last 24 hours. I really miss America. Iran Barkley, of the US basketball team.

I slept not a wink. There's people snoring in seven languages out there. Irish journalist on cramped conditions in the Olympic village.

I didn't know who they were. I just thought 'couldn't they have waited a bit?' Jennifer Capriati on the arrival of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia during her victory over Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

It's fine that women do it, but not in the Olympics. Give it a one-way ticket to Sea World with the barking seals where it belongs. John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Examiner on synchronised swimming.

Look, these are my Games. Michel Barnier, Winter Olympics co-president, barred by an official because of insufficient accreditation.

They treat us like dogs on the World Cup circuit. The Germans, Swiss and Italians think they own the sport. Kerrin Lee-Gartner, Canadian gold medallist in the women's downhill.

By the time they took the bus from Brides-les-Bains to Albertville they'd be too tired to shoot. Christopher Bowman, US skater, on the likelihood of a terrorist attack at the Winter Olympics.

(Photographs omitted)

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Technical Support Specialist - Document Management

£30000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A leading provider of document ...

Recruitment Genius: Legal Secretary

£17000 - £17800 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to work ...

Recruitment Genius: Ad Ops Manager - Up to £55K + great benefits

£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a digital speci...

The Green Recruitment Company: Operations Manager - Anaerobic Digestion / Biogas

£40000 - £45000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Operation...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent