There are countless quotes about determination from women in sports, and a great way to build confidence and motivation is to seek wisdom from those who have had to work especially hard to carve a place for themselves in their field.


Here are 16 inspirational quotes for athletes to encourage and inspire you or your favorite player: 

  1. Venus Williams : Tennis

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.”

  1. Lindsey Vonn : Skiing

“If you go around being afraid, you're never going to enjoy life. You have only one chance, so you've got to have fun.

  1. Simone Biles : gymnastics

“I would say to always follow your dream. And dream big because my whole career, including any of the things that I've accomplished, I never thought in a million years that I would be here. So it just proves that once you believe in yourself, and you put your mind to something, you can do it.”

  1.  Billie Jean King : tennis

“The best way to predict the future is to create it." 

  1.  Mia Hamm : soccer

"Believing in yourself is the first step to success. You have to believe that you are capable of achieving your goals, even when others doubt you or when obstacles arise. When you have confidence in yourself and your abilities, you can overcome any challenge and accomplish anything you set your mind to."

  1. Diana Taurasi : basketball

"I play with a lot of emotion, a lot of passion, and I think that's what makes me successful."

  1. Katie Ledecky : swimming

"I always think of myself as a student of the sport, always learning, always trying to get better."

  1. Lisa Leslie : basketball 

"It's not about being the best. It's about being better than you were yesterday."

  1. Babe Didrikson Zaharias: golf

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

  1. Hayley Wickenheiser : hockey

"You can't let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.”

  1. Serena Williams : tennis

"You can't sit back and let things happen to you; you have to go out and make your own luck. You have to be proactive and get out there and make things happen for yourself."

  1. Catherine Ndereba: track and field

“Success in life is not only about what you achieve in your lifetime, it’s about what you inspire others to do.”

  1. Wilma Rudolph : track and field

"Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose."

  1. Abby Wambach : soccer

"The team is more important than any individual player. It's amazing what you can accomplish if nobody cares who gets the credit."

  1. Katie Hnida : Football

“It’s about having that drive and that motivation and that passion for what you want to do. And if you have that, then you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way.”

  1. Chloe Kim: snowboarding

"I don't really think about the outcome. I just think about how I want to ride, and that usually helps me achieve what I want."

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