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In Pictures: The sporting year in quotes

A look back at the sporting highs and lows of 2012.
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2012 18:54


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"I did everything I wanted to. I finished my career the way I wanted to," - Eighteen-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps calls time on his glittering career at the London Games. 
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"I hope that this medal inspires the kids at home to put down guns and knives and pick up a pair of trainers instead," - Erick Barrondo, Guatemala's first-ever Olympian after winning silver in the men’s 20k race walk in London.
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"I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live," – modest Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt after retaining his 100 and 200 metre titles in London.
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"This isn't about bragging rights. This is a lot bigger. This is about a team, an organisation being named world champions," - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates his second Super Bowl victory. 
Lynne Sladky/AP
"It's about damn time," - Miami Heat forward LeBron James finally secures his first NBA title.
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"I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. I have fallen several times. Each time I just get up and I dust myself off and I pray and I'm able to do better," – Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on her return to tennis from a from a life-threatening illness. 
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"It sounds cheesy, but your whole life is for this and the reason I got into cycling as a kid was today," – Britain’s first Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins gets emotional. 
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"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now," – disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announces he will not contest doping allegations. 
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"The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," - US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart. 
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"People were not even mentioning us when they were talking about the championship, but I think the most important thing was that we always kept believing," – Three-time Formula One winner Sebastian Vettel.
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"I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with?" - Barcelona great Lionel Messi who broke Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record for most goals in a calendar year. 
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"I did everything I wanted to. I finished my career the way I wanted to," - Eighteen-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps calls time on his glittering career at the London Games. 

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 01:18:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=0axi7Ch1hZ3k5BRIAN SNYDERREUTERSReuters Pictures

"I did everything I wanted to. I finished my career the way I wanted to," - Eighteen-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps calls time on his glittering career at the London Games. 

REUTERS NEWS PICTURES - IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2012
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"I hope that this medal inspires the kids at home to put down guns and knives and pick up a pair of trainers instead," - Erick Barrondo, Guatemala's first-ever Olympian after winning silver in the men’s 20k race walk in London.

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:11:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=02Lf6o0eyZ5gdJOHAN ORDONEZAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

"I hope that this medal inspires the kids at home to put down guns and knives and pick up a pair of trainers instead," - Erick Barrondo, Guatemala's first-ever Olympian after winning silver in the men’s 20k race walk in London.

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"I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live," – modest Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt after retaining his 100 and 200 metre titles in London.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 01:03:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=0c6P7KHaJl2p4LUCY NICHOLSONREUTERSReuters Pictures

"I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live," – modest Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt after retaining his 100 and 200 metre titles in London.

REUTERS NEWS PICTURES - IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2012
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"This isn't about bragging rights. This is a lot bigger. This is about a team, an organisation being named world champions," - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates his second Super Bowl victory. 

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 04:47:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=0aU0e7JcwIcaUAl BelloGetty ImagesGetty Images

"This isn't about bragging rights. This is a lot bigger. This is about a team, an organisation being named world champions," - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates his second Super Bowl victory. 

Super Bowl XLVI
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"It's about damn time," - Miami Heat forward LeBron James finally secures his first NBA title.

Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:48:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=06Tsf9W26ReXjLynne SladkyAPAP Photo

"It's about damn time," - Miami Heat forward LeBron James finally secures his first NBA title.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade
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"I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. I have fallen several times. Each time I just get up and I dust myself off and I pray and I'm able to do better," – Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on her return to tennis from a from a life-threatening illness. 

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 01:01:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=0bkW03d6EEbUpSTEFAN WERMUTHREUTERSReuters Pictures

"I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. I have fallen several times. Each time I just get up and I dust myself off and I pray and I'm able to do better," – Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on her return to tennis from a from a life-threatening illness. 

REUTERS NEWS PICTURES - IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2012
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"It sounds cheesy, but your whole life is for this and the reason I got into cycling as a kid was today," – Britain’s first Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins gets emotional. 

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:01:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=0br34VP5rb1T6Doug PensingerGetty ImagesGetty Images

"It sounds cheesy, but your whole life is for this and the reason I got into cycling as a kid was today," – Britain’s first Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins gets emotional. 

Le Tour de France 2012 - Stage Twenty
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"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now," – disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announces he will not contest doping allegations. 

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:27:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=08Hd2Zu6222IZJOEL SAGETAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now," – disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announces he will not contest doping allegations. 

CYCLING-FRA-TDF-2010-ARMSTRONG-CONTADOR
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"The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," - US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart. 

Fri, 24 Aug 2012 03:34:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=00Xn6S83NubCrAFPAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

"The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," - US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart. 

CYCLING-USA-FRANCE-ARMSTRONG-DOPING-FILES
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"People were not even mentioning us when they were talking about the championship, but I think the most important thing was that we always kept believing," – Three-time Formula One winner Sebastian Vettel.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:57:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=0cIm7jlfbSbk7NELSON ALMEIDAAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

"People were not even mentioning us when they were talking about the championship, but I think the most important thing was that we always kept believing," – Three-time Formula One winner Sebastian Vettel.

AUTO-PRIX-F1-BRAZIL-VETTEL
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"I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with?" - Barcelona great Lionel Messi who broke Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record for most goals in a calendar year. 

Sat, 22 Dec 2012 20:15:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-The-sporting-year-in-quotes?image_id=015G3Vx2cccMMVictor FraileGetty ImagesGetty Images

"I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with?" - Barcelona great Lionel Messi who broke Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record for most goals in a calendar year. 

Real Valladolid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga


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