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  •  "My greatest point is my persistence.  I never give up in a match.  However down I am, I
      fight until the last ball.  My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many
      co-called irretrievable defeats into victories."

     Bjorn Borg
     Between 1974 and 1981 he won 11 Grand Slam singles titles: five consecutive Wimbledon singles
     titles and six French Open singles titles.  He is considered by many to be one of the greatest
     tennis players of all time.
     (1956 -     )


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  •  "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."

     George Herman "Babe" Ruth
     American Baseball Player
     
    First player to hit 60 Home Runs in a single season (1927)
     One of the first five players named to the Baseball Hall of Fame (1936)

     (1895 - 1948)
       

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  •  "We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful
      lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."


     Jesse Owens
     American Olympian
     
    4 Gold Medals in Sprints and Long Jump in the 1936 Olympics held in Munich, Germany where
     Adolph Hitler sough to show his Aryan ideals and prowess to the assembled world.

     (1913 - 1980)

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  •  "Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an
      unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to
      attain the success you seek."


     Mario Andretti
     Italian-American World Champion Racing Driver
     (1940 -       )

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  •  "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.
      I've lost almost 300 games.
      Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
      I've failed over and over and over again in my life.
      And that is why I succeed."

  •  "If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks.
      I've had them; everybody has had them.
      But obstacles don't have to stop you.
      If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
      Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."


     Michael Jordan

     American Basketball Player
     
    Winner of 6 World Championships
     Winner of 6 NBA Finals MVP Awards
     Winner of 5 MVP Awards
     Winner of 10 NBA-All First Team Awards
     Winner of   9 NBA-All Defensive First Team Awards
     14 NBA All-Star Game Appearances
     Winner of  3 NBA All-Star MVP Awards
     Holder of 10 Scoring Titles
     Holder of 3 Steals Titles
     1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
     Holds NBA Record for most average season points scored per game (30.12)
     Holds NBA Record for highest career playoff scoring average (33.45)
     Named ESPN's Greatest American Athlete
     Named Second place to Babe Ruth in the Associated Press' Athletes of the Century list
     Named to Basketball's Hall of Fame 1999.

     (1963 -       ) 

        
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    Words do not describe this activity where practice, determination and focus made a difference during their Rookie Year ... it's real and in the Guinness World Records as of Nov 14, 2013.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7kV4-ziw4pU&list=PLtv7z19CgLT7D4DPfLfYf7Ly6tOJR5QRz

    Thunder Law
    Harlem Globetrotters, 2013

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  •  "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."

     Tommy Lasorda
     Major League Baseball Pitcher and Team Manager
     National League Hall of Fame (Manager) 1997
     (1927 -       )

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  •  "The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.  These
      qualities are so much more important than the events that occur."


  •  "The price of success is hard work, dedication on the job at hand, and the determination
      that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

  •  "If you can accept losing, you can't win."

  •  "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."

  •  "The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have."

  •  "The only place Success comes before Work is in the dictionary."

     Vince Lombardi
     American Football Coach
     
    Led the Green Bay Packers to 3 straight league championships and 5 within 7 consecutive years
     including the first two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967.
     The National Football League's Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor.
     Enshrined in the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1971.

     (1913 - 1970)

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  •  "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might
      not get there."
     
  •  "It ain't over 'til it's over."
     
  •  "It's déjà vu all over again". 

     Yogi Berra
     Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1972
     (1925 -     )