I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician a writer an athlete or a businessman there is no getting around it. If you do you'll win - if you don't you won't.
That's the hard part about sport: as men we haven't started to be in our prime but as athletes we are old people. I needed support. I lost trust and did stupid things.
A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over even in victory to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.
I just want to continue the success and be an athlete that is shown in a good light in New York City.
There is no correlation between a childhood success and a professional athlete.
Well I do feel that I carry the responsibility of representing my country wherever I am and this responsibility came with the success that I had in last couple of years not just myself but the whole group of tennis players that comes from Serbia. And athletes in general are in this moment the biggest ambassadors that our country has.
So much of a professional athlete's success depends upon not necessarily the play itself but how he deals with... always saying how you deal with good is just as important as how you deal with bad.
I'm probably the least flexible athlete you'll find. When it comes to yoga I can't get in the positions and I can't hold them. You have to be pretty flexible to do it. Once you get certain positions you have to have the core strength to hold those positions. It's a pretty good workout.
Meeting sports athletes that are the best in the world is a thrill to this day.
I long for the days when athletes were revered. I want to see the romance return to sports to see people enjoy the game purely for the game and the players.
Growing up in Huntington Beach you were either a traditional sports athlete a skateboarder or a surfer. I got my first skateboard when I was five and skated off and on over the years did a little BMX racing as a kid and then in my freshman or sophomore year I started getting a little bit more into skateboarding.
So while you're an athlete and you have that platform what you want to be able to do is make it work for you as much as possible because there's going to be life after sports.
To be candid with you free agency hurts all sports. It's great for athletes making an enormous amount of money. But to say it helps the sports I don't believe that.
One reason outfielders don't have stronger arms might be they don't practice as much as we did. Most teams today don't take outfield practice. Another reason is baseball has to compete with other sports now - basketball football soccer - for the better athletes that might have more skills and stronger arms.
There's nothing masculine about being competitive. There's nothing masculine about trying to be the best at everything you do nor is there anything wrong with it. I don't know why a female athlete has to defend her femininity just because she chooses to play sports.
I was an All-American in wrestling in high school was National Champion in Chinese kickboxing in 1999 and have spent a lot of time around professional athletes which includes my eight-plus years as CEO of a sports nutrition company.
I am so grateful to everybody that supports the Sheckler Foundation and gives us the ability to continue to help kids and injured action sports athletes.
I'm in the perfect position. It's a sports position and a political position where I can help better the lives of athletes around the world.
I have spoken with many former athletes and they tell me the best time they had was in sports. I listen to them and use their experience in my career.
Several professional athletes have wrongly taught many young Americans by example that the only way to succeed in sports is to take steroids.
These days the temptation to use steroids in sports has become too great for many young athletes.
I had a great interest in sports. I had three older brothers who were great athletes. I was not.
We might not make what athletes in other sports make but we have greater longevity and we do have certain freedoms to do things they can't do. Like stay home one week and play the next week.
I would never encourage my children to be athletes - first because my children are not athletes and second because there are so many people pushing to get to the top in sports that 100 people are crushed for each one who breaks through. This is unfortunate.