Whether your competition is thousands of triathletes or a single precipitous mountaintop, sometimes the only thing actually stopping you from your best performance is your own mind. We asked eight elite athletes to share mantras, mottos, and self-motivating words that help them get through the hard stuff and play at the highest level.More
Career cred: Biles is a five-time Olympic medalist — she won four gold medals in team, all-around, vault and floor at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
"My mom always says, 'Be the best Simone you can be,' because there is only one me. So when I step on the mat or do anything, I remind myself of that and give 100 percent and nothing less."
Career cred: Jorgenson won the gold medal in the 2016 Olympic triathlon.
"I often tell myself mantras that are techniques. I repeat to myself: 'high elbow' when I'm swimming, which makes me swim faster. When I'm running, I tell myself to relax my shoulders, which refocuses my attention to technique instead of pain. I love how the process redirects my mind while also making me go faster."