Inspirational Quotes from Greg Rutherford

I live in a beautiful village in the middle of the countryside, and being able to disappear off on my bike for a couple of hours two or three times a week is a wonderful way to relax.

Greg Rutherford

People forget that track and field is one of the hardest sports because we compete against all the world. There are many sports when you are up against only 15 or 20 countries.

Greg Rutherford

Running up a steep hill or up steps are fantastic ways of building explosive strength.

Greg Rutherford

Over the years, I’ve had torrid luck with things going wrong.

Greg Rutherford

My dad is a builder, and my mum’s a nurse. They’re just very normal people.

Greg Rutherford

If you look at the skeleton, the start is very important.

Greg Rutherford

I always start the day with a protein shake: protein powder mixed with water, peanut butter, and yoghurt to thicken it up.

Greg Rutherford

Athletics set the right sentiment for a clean and believable sport.

Greg Rutherford

My parents were great at making sure I got out of bed when I needed to play football on a Sunday morning and that I was ready after school to go to training on a Tuesday and Thursday. But it was never forced upon me or rammed down my throat. If it had been, I could have ended up hating sport.

Greg Rutherford

I eat a lot of vegetables and salad. I put strawberries, pomegranate seeds, blackberries, and blueberries into shakes and add Greek yoghurt for a snack. I have this when I’m not training.

Greg Rutherford

My team are incredible, and I have the most amazing parents and beautiful girlfriend in the world.

Greg Rutherford

I take magnesium to prevent cramps. A few years back, I suffered from hamstring tears, and part of that can be to do with muscle cramping, and then pushing the muscle at that point. I also take a fish oil supplement.

Greg Rutherford

As a jumper, I try to defy gravity as long as I can. But no matter how far I jump, I’ll always hit the earth eventually.

Greg Rutherford

Me and my brother just used to fight all the time; then my sister came along, and it was all about the little girl in the house. We’d always eat dinner together as a family.

Greg Rutherford

It would be pretty special if I could win two Olympic gold medals, one at the Summer Games and one from the Winters, so I’m going to give it a real go.

Greg Rutherford

Since the Olympics in London, people say, ‘Greg’s won again. That’s what we all expect. Of course he wins.’

Greg Rutherford

People assume that you need to run fast to get to optimum fitness, but the truth is endurance lifting makes you stronger and leaner.

Greg Rutherford

To put up with me, you have to be patient.

Greg Rutherford

I was very into football in my early teens and spent six months with Aston Villa, but I never really got further than having trials. I’m also into ice hockey.

Greg Rutherford

My entire life, I’ve been searching for acceptance.

Greg Rutherford

I was that ginger kid who always wanted people to like him. It’s hard, and you’ve got a big chip on your shoulder for a long time.

Greg Rutherford

I was always the slightly fat kid, which used to bother me quite a bit.

Greg Rutherford

It was when my American coach Dan Pfaff came over from the States in 2009 and started working with me that we really began to look at my diet. He decided I was eating too many carbohydrates, so I cut back on bread. Over the next year I lost weight and became leaner.

Greg Rutherford

The type of IBS I am prone to is the constipation type, where I get trapped wind and can get sharp painful spasms in my intestines as well as having sluggish bowels.

Greg Rutherford

I have been in discussions with the BBC regarding my involvement with SPOTY after hearing what I believe to be very outdated and derogatory comments from a fellow SPOTY nominee.

Greg Rutherford

For a long time, I thought I’d be a physio if I wasn’t a sportsman. At one point, I wanted to be an inventor, and I’d come up with little schemes.

Greg Rutherford

I’m a very keen baker; I pride myself on my cakes. I go along the classic sponge line, but I like to jazz it up: I’ve made some psychedelic birthday cakes.

Greg Rutherford

I train six days a week.

Greg Rutherford

Jumping isn’t as important to my training as you might think; I’m only in the sandpit once a week. There’s a high risk factor of injury doing it, so instead, I rely on my progress in the gym to judge how far I’ll jump on the big day.

Greg Rutherford

When at home in Buckinghamshire, I tend to work out for two to three hours on the track or in the woods close by and then do weights.

Greg Rutherford

Fruit is carb-based, and I limit carbs when training hard.

Greg Rutherford

I do a lot of things like running hills and larger amounts of reps in the gym.

Greg Rutherford

The DNA showed I have a level of endurance in me which I never really realised, which makes sense.

Greg Rutherford

My favourite series of all time has been ‘Band of Brothers.’ That was amazing; I’ve watched that so many times.

Greg Rutherford

I’m a bit of a history goon, and I love all that. Anything that’s medieval-based up until, probably, the Tudor period and just after, I’m quite into.

Greg Rutherford

Even though arguably I could have done much better at school, I’d decided at a young age that I was going to be a professional sportsman at some sport. And at that stage, there was a bit of luck: I was fortunate to meet the right people at the right time to get me to where I am now.

Greg Rutherford

I drive relatively fast – within the remits of the law, obviously – but I struggle with people who do stupid things on the road. I have a massive urge to shout expletives at them.

Greg Rutherford

I want to jump far all the time and go out there and win medals.

Greg Rutherford

I come into these competitions to win, not to get silver or bronze, so it is frustrating.

Greg Rutherford

I’m excited by going 85 mph, head-first, down an ice track.

Greg Rutherford

If you put me against most sprinters in the world, I reckon over a start I could get very close, if not take them.

Greg Rutherford

I am pleased I went from fourth back into a medal position, but bronze is not good enough for me.

Greg Rutherford

All I can do is turn up and compete.

Greg Rutherford

If other people have problems with my competitions, then there’s nothing I can do.

Greg Rutherford

I’m never happy to settle.

Greg Rutherford

If the room falls silent for a moment, all I hear is white noise.

Greg Rutherford

During your career, you put yourself in peak physical condition, but then you bear the brunt of it for the rest of your life.

Greg Rutherford

I don’t think there are many long jumpers who can say they have jumped so hard that have lost their hearing.

Greg Rutherford

It’s all about proving it on the track and proving to people that have different views wrong.

Greg Rutherford

Hopefully, I can get multiple distances out there and re-establish myself as one of the best jumpers in the world.

Greg Rutherford

Adrenaline is an incredible thing.

Greg Rutherford

I am the Olympic, World, Commonwealth, and European champion now, and I hope that’s enough for people to accept that I am a half-decent British athlete.

Greg Rutherford