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Find out how you can harness your inner champion with advice from leadership expert Stephen Covey and his son Sean.


Michael Phelps: Swimming

2012 hopeful; 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympian

Medal count: 14 gold; 2 bronze

Iím going out there to try to accomplish the things that I have in my mind and in my heart. ... Once I hang my suit up, I want to be able to look back and say Iíve done everything I can in my career.

[USOC Media Summit news conference]

Christie Rampone: Soccer

2012 hopeful; 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympian

Medal count: 2 gold; 1 silver

For me, it is about imagery. I set goals for each individual game. Whether it is that I win every head ball, or not let a forward get behind me, each game is different. If I accomplish those goals, I should be successful doing my role so the team will be successful.

Tony Azevedo: Water polo

2012 hopeful; 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympian

Medal count: 1 silver

Itís that gold medal.

I can remember being on the bench behind the Spanish and Croatian Olympic gold-medal game in the í96 Olympics and seeing the Spaniards win. The emotion that was going through them and the fans ó I wanted to have that feeling for my country.

Jordyn Wieber: Gymnastics

2012 hopeful

When Iím having a bad day, I think about my goals. Having that Olympic dream in the back of my mind helps me stay motivated.

Kayla Harrison: Judo

2012 hopeful

One of my favorite sayings is, ďFirst you fuel the desire, and then the desire fuels you.Ē And so while, yes, this has been a dream of mine for so long, itís kind of snowballed and itís kind of taken on a life of its own.

Iíve finally begun to enjoy my journey.

I love working out, and thereís a hop in my step.

Trey Hardee: Track & field

2012 hopeful; 2008 Olympian

In order to reach your goals, you have to write them down.

Iíve got plenty of printouts of stuff that Iíve typed out, signed and dated. Itís not something that I plaster on my mirror, but they are things that hold me accountable for commitments Iíve made to myself.

Kim Rhode: Shooting

2012 hopeful; 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympian

Medal count: 2 gold; 1 silver; 1 bronze

Each Olympics journey is unique. Thatís what flashes when youíre up there on the podium watching the American flag go to the top of the pole ó of course, with the anthem playing. Personally, thatís why I keep coming back.

Lolo Jones: Track & field

2012 hopeful; 2008 Olympian

I was motivated to keep persevering after the 2008 Olympics because Iím not satisfied. I donít have a medal. A medal is an aspiration every professional athlete has. And everyone knows that once you have had a taste of success, you want more.

Missy Franklin: Swimming

2012 hopeful

I have been taught if I do my best, that is all I can ask for. If I know I gave everything I had into that pool, then there is no reason to be upset. There have been times that I have wanted to do better, and do more. I have used those times to motivate me.

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