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“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.”
“I always wanted to be somebody. ... If I've made it, it's half because I was game to take a wicked amount of punishment along the way and half because there were an awful lot of people who cared enough to help me.”
“In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves that you are the best.”
“[On retiring from tennis:] Being champion is all well and good, but you can't eat a crown.”
“In the field of sports you are more-or-less accepted for what you do rather than what you are.”
Althea Gibson, U.S. tennis pro, golf pro, Olympic medalist
(1927 - 2003)
Full name: Althea Gibson Darben.