It really means a lot that I won the gold medal - but I woke up the next morning expecting to feel different. I felt the same.

- Dan Obrien

I was playing little league baseball when Bruce Jenner was winning the gold, but I don't think I was really paying attention at that time. It wasn't until 1980 - I think I was 12 years old - that I thought, 'Wow that's what I want to do. I want to be on the Olympic team.'

- Dan Obrien

I think what my parents did was perfect. They were strict, concerned about my safety and held me back just a little.

- Dan Obrien

I just love playing so much, competing so much. You're able to put your losses behind you. One of the greatest attributes a decathlete can have is the ability to forget... to look ahead, not behind.

- Dan Obrien

When I was little, I wasn't allowed to put sugar on my breakfast cereal because it made me so hyper.

- Dan Obrien

I was a good decathlete until I got with a coach that really knew how to train specifically for the event... I'd really describe it as like being a juggler; you have ten balls and you're trying to get them all in the air at the same time.

- Dan Obrien

And there is such a thing as a decathlon high. It's like a rock rolling down hill, picking up momentum. You get better and better.

- Dan Obrien

When first starting to work with someone you try to get them in the same mindset that you were in when you were successful, and I realized the best thing you can ever do is realize that they are not you. They have a different persona and mindset, and you have to figure out what works best within your communication with that athlete.

- Dan Obrien

If you never give up, you'll be successful.

- Dan Obrien

You have to be able to be a good loser. You have to be okay knowing you're going to fail every day in something without getting mad and upset.

- Dan Obrien