'I feel like a joke': Who said what at the Beijing Olympics
The Beijing Olympics close on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on over two weeks of sporting -- and other -- drama.
Here are some of the best quotes from the last few days:
"Why did you let it go? Why did you let it go? Tell me."
-- Kamila Valieva's coach Eteri Tutberidze after the Russian teenager fell multiple times in the figure skating final.
"It was chilling to see this."
-- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Tutberidze's reaction.
"Right now, I just feel like a joke."
-- US star skier Mikaela Shiffrin after her third crash of the Games.
"I had a glass of wine before the super-G."
-- Switzerland's Michelle Gisin on the secret to winning gold.
"From zero to 10, my physical condition is about a five."
-- Italy's Sofia Goggia on winning silver in the downhill three weeks after a horror crash.
"It has changed my life forever."
-- China's 18-year-old Eileen Gu on a debut Olympics in which she won three medals.
"The most important thing is all about love. Snowboarding is not just about competition."
-- Chinese teenager Su Yiming after winning snowboard Big Air gold.
"A halfpipe is a skier's canvas... It's our art form."
-- New Zealand's Nico Porteous after winning freeski gold.
"Sometimes it doesn't feel like their heart's in the right place, it feels like it's a greed game."
-- British freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy criticises the International Olympic Committee.
"I only know attack mode."
-- US bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, who won silver and bronze.
"Apparently the whole town is in the pub and they’ll be cheering pretty loud."
-- Australian bobsledder Kiara Reddingius on how her small hometown is supporting her.
"I was lucky not to land on my head and maybe got a little cushion from the camera guy."
-- Finnish freeskier Jon Sallinen after crashing into a cameraman by the halfpipe.
"We say that Nordic combined is the game of the maniac."
-- Dual bronze medallist Akito Watabe.
"We just finished our second puzzle today. Both of them were pizza cats -- cats in space with pizza."
-- Canada's Cynthia Appiah on amusing herself in the confines of Covid restrictions.
"It was really a lot of draining days, mentally especially. I don't wish it on anyone."
-- German figure skater Nolan Seegert on being in isolation after testing positive for Covid.
"Game-time mode, baby. Turn the beast on."
-- US freestyle skier Aaron Blunck psyches himself up in the halfpipe.
"It's kind of like in a shark tank."
-- Skier Joana Haehlen on the fight for one of Switzerland's three spots in women's downhill.
"I thought it was an absolutely ridiculous decision."
-- British cross-country skier Andrew Musgrave after his race was shortened by 20km because of strong winds.