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10 quotes from Olympians who'll get you through the beginnings of Pokémon Go Singapore

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10 quotes from Olympians who'll get you through the beginnings of Pokémon Go Singapore
Couldn't quite catch 'em all on the first day of Pokémon Go in Singapore? Here are 10 inspirational quotes from Olympians that might just tide you over

1. When your friends text you that Pokémon Go is finally available in Singapore:
"This is my day. This is my purpose. I'm not afraid to win." — Kayla Harrison, gold medalist in judo

2. When you refuse to get a Charmander as your first Pokémon just to wait for that elusive Pikachu:
"I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it." — Michael Phelps, 22-time medalist in swimming

Michael Phelps swimming

3. When you think you can actually catch Pokémon just by lying in bed with your Netflix and chill routine:
"I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability." — Caitlyn Jenner, gold medalist in decathlon

Bruce Jenner decathlon

4. When you discover a Poké Stop and make eye contact with the only other person there:
"It dawned on me with blinding brightness. I realized: I had jumped into another rare kind of stratosphere — one that only a handful of people in every generation are lucky enough to know." — Jesse Owens, four-time gold medalist in track and field

5. When you're thirty-something and see kids in their school uniforms sniggering at you:
"Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind." — Jackie Joyner-Kersee, six-time Olympic medalist for track and field

6. When you find that sweet spot in between three Poké Stops and spin them every 10 minutes:
"If you think you're done, you always have at least 40 percent more" — Lauren Crandall, two-time Olympian in hockey

7. When you're running to get to the next Poké Stop and the Pokémon theme song plays in your head:
"As simple as it sounds, we all just try to be the best person we can: By making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given." — Mary Lou Retton, a five-time medalist in gymnastics

8. When you finally reach level 5 and enter a gym, ready for battle:
"I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match." — Mia Hamm, two-time gold medalist in football

Mia Hamm

9. When that cheeky Pinsir keeps escaping out of his Pokéball:
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." — Michael Jordan, two-time gold medalist in basketball

Michael Jordan basketball

10. When you realise you're not the only one glued to the screen with furrowed brows and a possible index finger cramp:
"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us." — Wilma Rudolph, three-time gold medalist in track and field.

Wilma Rudolf

For more on the Olympics 2016, click here.

Adibah Isa

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