About Bill Toomey:
William Anthony Toomey is a former American track and field competitor and the 1968 Olympic decathlon champion.
The fans and supporters are also part of the Olympic family.
My family knew, but most of the sporting world did not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.
Past Olympians have a continuing role within the Olympic family.
As I mentioned previously, the tools that allow for optimum health are diet and exercise.
We have made drugs an Olympic event. It receives most of the coverage at the Games and even the suspicion of guilt can ruin a reputation for life.
Whatever pursuit you undertake, the requirements should start with a love of what it is that you are pursuing.
Those of us who participate realize the incredible honor bestowed on us, but to really understand the true scope and depth of the movement requires more investigation and concentration.
The Olympic Games of the Modern Era began in 1896 in the city of Athens.
Athens will again be the host of the Games in 2004, but there are rumors that they might be switched if the Greeks don't begin to construct the sites faster.
Then in a fraction of a second, I realized that these sportsmen were not anyone's enemies.
Olympians are the product of the Movement, and to get them to the stadiums, pools and playing fields, it takes the actions of legions of people who might not be Olympians.
The greatest feeling of accomplishment for me is the fact that I was an athlete who was somewhat disabled.
If it were easy, it would have no value.
Realize that from the start, every activity that comprises the journey has value and the ability to teach you something.
There is no one magic move or secret that creates victory, but lots of little items that when added together can make you victorious.
The Olympic movement is divided into two very distinct eras.
My Olympic voyage has continued because it is so rewarding.
One of the key elements is the ability to be honest with yourself.
Too many athletes do not admit their weaknesses.
Too many athletes don't have the ability to set a goal and then carefully go towards it.