What was said at the London Olympics:
"This is what I wanted and I got it. I'm very proud of myself. I had a rough season, I came out here and I did what I had to do." - Jamaican sprinter USAIN BOLT after winning the 200m final and becoming the first man in history to defend both the 100m and 200m Olympic sprint titles.
"Usain Bolt is a great athlete. He's the greatest sprinter we've seen in the world over many years. Maybe one time if we can meet in 400 and compete it would be great. It'll be fun just to watch it." - DAVID RUDISHA of Kenya, who set a new world record Friday in the 800m final.
"That one second could have crucified us for a bronze medal, I would never have lived it down." - Australian water polo goalkeeper ALICIA MCCORMACK after gifting Hungary a goal with one second remaining to tie scores and force the match into extra-time. The Stingers won the match regardless.
"It was incredible what they did to us... They're two big guys were just killing us." - USA women's basketball coach GENO AURIEMMA heaps praise on Opals stars Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson following Australia's semi-final loss to the Dream Team.
"It's unfortunate, I've been the victim of some Australian press." - South African swimmer CAMERON VAN DER BURGH, who admitted using an illegal dolphin kick in winning the Olympic 100m breaststroke gold medal, takes a swipe at his Australian critics.
"If I have to be the voice for them - speak the truth - then c'est la vie." - Outspoken sprinter JOHN STEFFENSEN says he will continue to make his stance on issues in athletics known if he thinks it's needed.
"I'm not superstitious. There's no curses." - BMX rider SAM WILLOUGHBY when asked if he thought Australia's modest success at the Games thus far would rub off on his performance.
"You can't go anywhere when you're stuck there and people are dragging on your hips and feet." - Australian MELISSA GORMAN says she copped a belting and couldn't recover in the brutal women's 10km marathon swimming event.
"It feels like a dream but I never want to wake up from it." - The youngest member of Australia's Olympic team, 16-year-old diver BRITTANY BROBEN, after she won silver in the 10m platform.
"She could make a donkey do anything." - JANE DUJARDIN reckons the talents of her daughter Charlotte know no bounds after she won gold in individual dressage.
"They were very seriously studying the weather and the BMX racing on TV and we just left them there watching the women's basketball." - Australian sailing team meteorologist BRUCE BUCKLEY says Malcolm Page and Matthew Belcher are taking it easy after their gold medal showdown with Great Britain in the 470 race was postponed.
"As soon as I took the first step past the 200m mark I felt it break. I heard it. I even put out a little war cry, but the crowd was so loud you couldn't hear it. I wanted to just lie down. It felt like somebody literally just snapped my leg in half." - American sprinter MANTEO MITCHELL after learning he had run the 400m relay on a broken leg.
"Maybe on the warm up track I was eating some bugs, but I didn't notice it in the race at all... There could have been an earthquake and I'd have no idea." - US runner MORGAN UCENY speaking as flying ants descended on Olympic Stadium.
"I'm not really a fighter - I'm more of a lover I guess." - British swimmer KERI-ANNE PAYNE struggles to stand her ground in the rough open water marathon swim.
"Sometimes you can give everything and it is not enough. It is like a love story. You can give a lot and the other person still walks away." - BRUNO BINI, the coach of France's women's football team, after losing the third-place play-off with Canada.
"We're going to be wearing these medals when we're old ladies drinking coffee by the fire." - American beach volleyball player JENNIFER KESSY, who along with April Ross won silver.
"I'm actually a very boring person." - Australian sprinter SALLY PEARSON, who won gold in the 100m hurdles, says she is looking forward to nothing more after the Games than simply relaxing at home.
"It's war out there and we are just going to take each race as a battle." - Australian BMX coach WADE BOOTES on his military approach to the .
"I didn't really get any breakfast in, well I did, but it came out" - Canoeist RACHEL CAWTHORN tells how nerves got the better of her ahead of the K1 500 metres sprint.