Bill Toomey

  • American athlete
  • Born January 10, 1939

William Anthony Toomey (born January 10, 1939) is a former American track and field competitor and the 1968 Olympic decathlon champion. Ten's my favorite number. Ten letters in my name. Born January 10, always wore number 10 as a ball player. It had to be the decathlon." A graduate of Worcester Academy and the University of Colorado, Toomey was named ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year in 1968. He set the world record in the decathlon in December 1969 and received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States in 1969.

As I mentioned previously, the tools that allow for optimum health are diet and exercise.

There is no one magic move or secret that creates victory, but lots of little items that when added together can make you victorious.

Actually, the moment of victory is wonderful, but also sad. It means that your trip is ended.

The East Germans first used biomechanics. This meant that rather than guessing about technique and form, they could apply changes to athletic performance based on science.

A buddy will keep you honest and add a dimension of fun to your workout.

Too many athletes don't have the ability to set a goal and then carefully go towards it.

Understand from top to bottom what the effort requires.

When I competed, it was for honor and country. It was a privilege to be a part of the U.S. team.

The fans and supporters are also part of the Olympic family.

Olympians are the product of the Movement, and to get them to the stadiums, pools and playing fields, it takes the actions of legions of people who might not be Olympians.

The Olympic movement is divided into two very distinct eras.

Whatever pursuit you undertake, the requirements should start with a love of what it is that you are pursuing.

I have read many studies out of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and they demonstrated that Vitamin E, Co-Q-10, and Fish Oil could protect the immune system of athletes and prevent disease.

The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians, but to understand just what the Games are about, it is really necessary to investigate the roots and the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years.

Athens will again be the host of the Games in 2004, but there are rumors that they might be switched if the Greeks don't begin to construct the sites faster.

The Olympic Games of the Modern Era began in 1896 in the city of Athens.

We have made drugs an Olympic event. It receives most of the coverage at the Games and even the suspicion of guilt can ruin a reputation for life.

Past Olympians have a continuing role within the Olympic family.

Too many athletes do not admit their weaknesses.

The greatest feeling of accomplishment for me is the fact that I was an athlete who was somewhat disabled.

Anabolic steroids were not banned until after the 72 Olympics.

Realize that from the start, every activity that comprises the journey has value and the ability to teach you something.

I have competed before empty stadiums a lot in my career.

The ability to mingle with so many countries and cultures is extremely valuable for men and women.

My family knew, but most of the sporting world did not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.

A key factor is to do training that is fun.

Nutrition is also a valuable component that can help athletes both protect themselves and improve performance.

Then in a fraction of a second, I realized that these sportsmen were not anyone's enemies.

It is always possible to improve.

I think that money has changed my sport.

Those of us who participate realize the incredible honor bestowed on us, but to really understand the true scope and depth of the movement requires more investigation and concentration.

If it were easy, it would have no value.

During the 60's, drug use was in fashion in the U.S.