11 Quotes from Famous Athletes That Will Inspire You to Stretch Daily

stretching quotes from famous athletes

Most of us know deep down that stretching is essential.
But few of us make time for daily stretching sessions.
So how about some stretching inspiration?
We've gathered quotes from 11 famous athletes on why stretching and flexibility are central to athletic performance. (Well, okay, we snuck in a legendary coach in the lineup too.)

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan is an Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. Along with Canada's Christine Sinclair and Australia's Steph Catley, Alex was one of the first women soccer stars to appear on the cover of FIFA video games in 2015. She's also a New York Times bestselling author.

[caption id="attachment_365" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Soccer great Alex Morgan By Noah Salzman [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

Alberto Salazar

Legendary distance-runner Alberto Salazar won three consecutive New York City Marathons from 1980 through 1982. He is now employed by Nike as coach of the Nike Oregon Project, aimed at producing Olympic calibre athletes. Two of his athletes, Mo Farah and Galen Rupp finished 1st and 2nd in the 2012 London Olympics.

[caption id="attachment_366" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Running legend Alberto Salazar By Cal Hopkins / CalHopkins at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore is a professional soccer player signed to Toronto FC. He has played for the USA in several levels of international competition, including the United States U-17 team in 2005, the U-20 team at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the U-23 team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has competed for the USA at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

[caption id="attachment_367" align="aligncenter" width="750"]USA soccer star Jozy Altidore By Diego Valenzuela (originally posted to Flickr as RedBullNY_020) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

John Wooden

Beloved UCLA basketball coach John Wooden believed in making his players a success both on and off the court. Wooden's masterful coaching techniques led UCLA to win 620 games in 27 seasons as well as 10 NCAA championships.  Wooden was the first to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player (1960) and as a coach in 1973.)

[caption id="attachment_368" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Legendary coach John Wooden By Associated Students of the University of California at Los Angeles (1972 Southern Campus (UCLA yearbook), p.77) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] 

Nacho Figueras

Sometimes referred to as the "David Beckham of Polo," strikingly handsome Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras is ranked as one of the top 100 polo players in the world. He is also a model and has been the face of Ralph Lauren's Black Label brand since 2005. He went into modelling as a means to raise the profile of the sport of kings (polo.)

[caption id="attachment_369" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Polo star Nacho Figueras By Jiyang Chen [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons[/caption] 

Ryne Sandburg

Perennial All-Star and Golden Glove candidate Sandburg was elected the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. His career .989 fielding percentage was a major-league record for second-basemen when he retired in 1997. Sandberg later managed the Chicago Cubs from 2007-2010 and the Philadephia Phillies from 2013 to 2015. He now acts as a goodwill ambassador for the Cubs, attending games to meet and greet fans.

[caption id="attachment_371" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Former Cubs start Ryne Sandburg By Wjmummert (cameraPreviously published: na) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

DeAndre Jordan

Dallas Mavericks star DeAndre Jordan is a three-time All-NBA and two-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. He also holds the NBA record for best career field goal percentage at 67.4%. Jordan has twice led the NBA in rebounding.

[caption id="attachment_372" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Basketball star DeAndre Jordan By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA (DeAndre Jordan) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

Samantha Stosur

Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur is a former world No. 1 in doubles play (which she held for 61 weeks). She was also ranked No. 4 in the world in singles and was the top-ranked Australian singles player for 452 consecutive weeks from October 2008 to June 2017. In 2011 she won the US Open, defeating Serena Williams in the final. Her powerful serve regularly reaches more than 118 mph.

[caption id="attachment_373" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur By Christian Mesiano (Samantha StosurUploaded by Flickrworker) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] 

Retief Goosen

South-African pro golfer Goosen ranked in the top ten in Official World Golf Ranking for over 250 weeks between 2001 and 2007. He has two U.S. Open wins to his credit and headed the European Tour money list in 2001 and 2002. His other claim to fame was surviving a lightning strike that burned all the clothes off his body and melted his watch band into his wrist. He also owns an award-winning vineyard.

[caption id="attachment_374" align="aligncenter" width="750"]South African golf pro Retief Goosen By Flickr user Jim Epler [2], modified by me (Flickr [1]) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta is an all-star pitcher for the Philadephia Phillies. He led the MLB in wins in 2015 and also has  Cy Young (2015) and Silver Slugger awards to his credit. He has two no-hitters to his credit (August 30, 2015, and April 21, 2016. Jake has five different pitches including a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, slider/cutter, curveball and a changeup to foil opposing hitters.

[caption id="attachment_375" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Baseball star Jake Arrieta
By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Jake Arrieta) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

Edwin Moses

Edwin Moses is a distinguished American track and field athlete who won gold medals in the 400m hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. He also held the world record in the event four times. He was awarded an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1994.  Moses has been Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an organization dedicated to "promote and increase participation in sport at every level and promote the use of sport as an agent for social change around the world" since 2000.

[caption id="attachment_376" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses By Andy Miah from Liverpool, UK (Edwin Moses) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

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