Paralympic Winter Games
7-16 March

Sochi 2014: Top 14 quotes

Here’s a compilation of some of the most inspirational or comical quotes from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. 20 Mar 2014
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Anna Milenina

Russia's Anna Milenina celebrates winning gold in the women's 1km sprint standing event on Day 5 of Sochi 2014.

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By IPC

"My gold medal is for my young son. When I see how he cares about the Russian team, I really want to win. In the future he will follow the team and share this passion with his little sister because I'm pregnant."

1. "We played some billiards yesterday to relax. Apparently I wasn't too good at it so I saved that for today."

-Anja Wicker (Germany), after winning gold in the women’s 10km sitting biathlon event

2. "I don't think that the weather is bad. It's Russian weather, especially for biathlon. We are like soldiers and can race in any weather, it doesn't matter.”

-Roman Petushkov (Russia), after winning his third Sochi 2014 gold in the men's 12.5km sitting biathlon

3. "My gold medal is for my young son. When I see how he cares about the Russian team, I really want to win. In the future he will follow the team and share this passion with his little sister because I'm pregnant."

-Anna Milenina (Russia), after winning gold in the women’s 5km standing cross-country skiing event

4. "It's all about my own shape and knowing if I'm going to be half decent or a bag of wet towels. You don't know that until you start racing and pushing."

-Brian McKeever (Canada), after winning gold in men’s 20km visually impaired cross-country skiing race

5. "We celebrated with a cheeseburger and fries, you know what I'm saying? I don't normally eat junk food at home, but I went out of the box. Cheeseburger, fries, but the cheeseburger had like 40 pickles on it, so I was good. I think tomorrow, I might break. I'm going for 50."

-Patrick McDonald (USA), after his big wheelchair curling win over Finland

6. "I've got to do that four more times? Oh God. I swear, it gets scarier the more you do it."

-Jade Etherington (Great Britain), after winning silver in the women’s downhill visually impaired on Day 1 of Sochi 2014

7. "If we all looked the same, it would be a boring world."

-Oksana Masters (USA), bronze medallist in the women's cross country 5km sitting race.

8. “Obviously, at the end of the day, it’s not what we came here for, but for the rest of my life, I’m never going to remember (Vancouver). I’m going to remember that big hunking medal that we’re going to get on our necks in a couple hours and what it means to bring a medal home for Canada.”

-Billy Bridges (Canada), after winning ice sledge hockey bronze

9. “Today is a dream. I’m ecstatic, I’m over the moon. I don’t even feel like my feet are on the ground right now. Today this course is super fun, you can generate lots of speed but it was super challenging and very stressful.”

-Evan Strong (USA), after winning gold in the Paralympic debut of men’s snowboard cross

10. "What's the point of going slow? I don't care if I am about to die ... I died the day I was diagnosed. I was diagnosed on my first wedding anniversary 14 years ago. I have a 15 per cent survival chance, so my wife is letting me go out there and do my thing. My family is super proud of me."

-Augusto Jose Perez (USA), a stage-four cancer patient on giving it his all in the men’s 12.5km sitting biathlon event

11. “There’s a tornado inside of me full of positive emotions. We have worked really hard for this. It was a very long, traumatic road that required much strength and hard work."

-Valerii Redkozubov (Russia), after winning gold in the men's super-combined visually impaired event

12. "We have some rituals. But I cannot disclose them to you."

-Dmitry Lisov (Russia), ice sledge hockey silver medallist

13. "There are only two places to curl in all of Slovakia. Maybe now there will be enough people interested for three places."

-Pavol Pitonak (Slovakia), head coach of Slovakia's wheelchair curling team, which had four victories in their Paralympic debut

14. "Do I have such a nickname? I am just such a good dresser, I am ready for Hollywood. I just need the opportunity. I need a chance."

-Greg Westlake (Canada), Canadian sledge hockey forward on being nicknamed “Hollywood”