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Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.”

Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.

— Haile Gebrselassie



Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.”

When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I’m a runner first before anything else.”

I’m a runner first before anything else.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I love running and I will always run.”

I love running and I will always run.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that.”

You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “When you promise something, you must fulfill it.”

When you promise something, you must fulfill it.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “For me a day without training is like a day without eating.”

For me a day without training is like a day without eating.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “First, do enough training. Then believe in yourself and say: I can do it. Tomorrow is my day. And then say: the person in front of me, he is just a human being as well; he has two legs, I have two legs, that is all. That is mentally how you prepare.”

First, do enough training. Then believe in yourself and say: I can do it. Tomorrow is my day. And then say: the person in front of me, he is just a human being as well; he has two legs, I have two legs, that is all. That is mentally how you prepare.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “You lose the speed before the stamina.”

You lose the speed before the stamina.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “The marathon always starts after 30K. That’s where the problems start. You start without any problems, without any pain. All the pain comes after 30K. Sometimes, it’s possible to have pain even in the finger.”

The marathon always starts after 30K. That’s where the problems start. You start without any problems, without any pain. All the pain comes after 30K. Sometimes, it’s possible to have pain even in the finger.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “That is not enough. Sport has been great for me, a great learning place that if you want to achieve you can, even if you are from the poorest part of Africa.”

That is not enough. Sport has been great for me, a great learning place that if you want to achieve you can, even if you are from the poorest part of Africa.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “Athletics is in my blood.”

Athletics is in my blood.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “Always, if you win mentally, you can win physically as well.”

Always, if you win mentally, you can win physically as well.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “Life is a kind of struggle. Life is a sort of fight.”

Life is a kind of struggle. Life is a sort of fight.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “My school was six miles away from where I lived on the farm. I had to walk and run, there and back every day, through gorges and over rivers. If I was late, there was a very big stick waiting for me.”

My school was six miles away from where I lived on the farm. I had to walk and run, there and back every day, through gorges and over rivers. If I was late, there was a very big stick waiting for me.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me.”

He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “If you’re planning only to make money and nothing else, you’ll be broke.”

If you’re planning only to make money and nothing else, you’ll be broke.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we’d have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge.”

In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we’d have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I will always listen to my coaches. But first I listen to my body. If what they tell me suits my body, great. If my body doesn’t feel good with what they say, then always my body comes first.”

I will always listen to my coaches. But first I listen to my body. If what they tell me suits my body, great. If my body doesn’t feel good with what they say, then always my body comes first.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “The more you are getting older, you lose a little something. Of course there is another advantage, because of your long experience you can use it.”

The more you are getting older, you lose a little something. Of course there is another advantage, because of your long experience you can use it.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “Eradicate poverty. This is all that matters in my country. When I am out training I think about this a lot; when I am running it is going over in my mind. As a country we cannot move forward until we eradicate poverty.”

Eradicate poverty. This is all that matters in my country. When I am out training I think about this a lot; when I am running it is going over in my mind. As a country we cannot move forward until we eradicate poverty.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I find the business world hard.”

I find the business world hard.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “My father thought sport was something fun – he didn’t know it was a way to make money.”

My father thought sport was something fun – he didn’t know it was a way to make money.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I think if you come first with a new world record, that is the best.”

I think if you come first with a new world record, that is the best.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “When you talk about world record times, you have to understand that everything must be perfect the weather, the course, the temperature. It is not always enough to be in good shape.”

When you talk about world record times, you have to understand that everything must be perfect the weather, the course, the temperature. It is not always enough to be in good shape.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “All athletes need three things: commitment, discipline and hard work. Without that it’s hard to keep running.”

All athletes need three things: commitment, discipline and hard work. Without that it’s hard to keep running.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “It is not my duty to spend my money in my country, but it is what I want to do. There is nowhere else I would like to invest.”

It is not my duty to spend my money in my country, but it is what I want to do. There is nowhere else I would like to invest.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I can’t change everything by myself but I can be one of the people who are trying to change the situation.”

I can’t change everything by myself but I can be one of the people who are trying to change the situation.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “If your body is damaged, wounded, it can be fixed, but if inside, mentally, you are wounded you cannot fix it, it’s hard.”

If your body is damaged, wounded, it can be fixed, but if inside, mentally, you are wounded you cannot fix it, it’s hard.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “My father didn’t think running was sensible. He told me running is just wasting time.”

My father didn’t think running was sensible. He told me running is just wasting time.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people’s eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia.”

I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people’s eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “You know the marathon in my country is just exceptional. It’s like soccer in England. If England win the world cup and Ethiopia win the marathon – it’s the same.”

You know the marathon in my country is just exceptional. It’s like soccer in England. If England win the world cup and Ethiopia win the marathon – it’s the same.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “You know, I want to help my country. Definitely I can help them, simply by winning races. Sure, they can follow my path to a good career. But for me it is not enough. I want to be more than that. In everything I want to be a role model.”

You know, I want to help my country. Definitely I can help them, simply by winning races. Sure, they can follow my path to a good career. But for me it is not enough. I want to be more than that. In everything I want to be a role model.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “When I wake up at 5 in the morning is it just to jog? Definitely not, I give it all of my efforts.”

When I wake up at 5 in the morning is it just to jog? Definitely not, I give it all of my efforts.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “You know for me when I promise something I want to deliver. If you don’t, you have to disappear.”

You know for me when I promise something I want to deliver. If you don’t, you have to disappear.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “When I run in Ethiopia, I look out and see eucalyptus trees and rivers.”

When I run in Ethiopia, I look out and see eucalyptus trees and rivers.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “Many people know that Ethiopia is poor. When I break a world record, maybe people get to know something else about Ethiopia, something good. We can’t make planes or cars, we don’t have the materials. We do what we can.”

Many people know that Ethiopia is poor. When I break a world record, maybe people get to know something else about Ethiopia, something good. We can’t make planes or cars, we don’t have the materials. We do what we can.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “Why should I say I will retire in three or four years? You retire the very moment you utter those words.”

Why should I say I will retire in three or four years? You retire the very moment you utter those words.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “In the marathon a crazy athlete can just keep pushing from the beginning, at a championship you don’t need a time just to win the race.”

In the marathon a crazy athlete can just keep pushing from the beginning, at a championship you don’t need a time just to win the race.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “When I had no shoes I was comfortable – I used to run barefoot. When I wore shoes it was difficult. To run in shoes was ok, but at the beginning of my career it was hard.”

When I had no shoes I was comfortable – I used to run barefoot. When I wore shoes it was difficult. To run in shoes was ok, but at the beginning of my career it was hard.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I was the kind of child who worked hard every day with the cows and sheep – I was a very aggressive boy.”

I was the kind of child who worked hard every day with the cows and sheep – I was a very aggressive boy.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “In my life I do a lot of things but I never forget my training.”

In my life I do a lot of things but I never forget my training.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I wanted to experience New York, to look up and see buildings.”

I wanted to experience New York, to look up and see buildings.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I have seen things few of my countrymen have. The first time I went on an aeroplane I couldn’t work out how the lavatories worked up in the sky.”

I have seen things few of my countrymen have. The first time I went on an aeroplane I couldn’t work out how the lavatories worked up in the sky.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I want to go down in history.”

I want to go down in history.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “Since I achieved something, running has exploded in my country. For me sometimes it is difficult even to know who the athletes are who are competing at the highest level. There are thousands.”

Since I achieved something, running has exploded in my country. For me sometimes it is difficult even to know who the athletes are who are competing at the highest level. There are thousands.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.”

At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “I’m lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife.”

I’m lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “If I don’t train enough, of course I’m nervous.”

If I don’t train enough, of course I’m nervous.

— Haile Gebrselassie


Haile Gebrselassie Quote: “If you are a really good marathoner, you have to run New York.”

If you are a really good marathoner, you have to run New York.

— Haile Gebrselassie

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