Gold medal quotes from the London Olympics

Athletes and others have their say before and during the 30th Olympiad of the modern era in England.

Competitive focus

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The United States's Misty May-Treanor, right, dives over her teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings during a women's semi-final beach volleyball match against China at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, in London.

“You need to have that cutthroat mentality. Not mean and not, ‘I want to hurt you.’ It’s: ‘I respectfully want to beat you and give you my best game. Crush you, yes. Not your soul. Just you, on the court.”

US beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor explaining her competitive approach

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