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Mariah Burton Nelson

  • Competition can damage self-esteem, create anxiety, and lead to cheating and hurt feelings. But so can romantic love.

    • Mariah Burton Nelson,
    • in Women's Sports & Fitness ()
  • The act of sport remains a human act, unrelated to gender.

  • ... to be my best I need you / swimming beside me.

    • Mariah Burton Nelson,
    • "Competition," Are We Winning Yet? ()
  • For every man with a baseball story — a memory of a moment at the plate or in the field — there is a woman with a couldn't-play-baseball story.

  • Bodybuilding is about making oneself seem larger than life. It's about creating the illusion of perfection.

  • The stronger women get, the more men love football.

    • Mariah Burton Nelson,
    • book title ()
  • ... there's something about male sports privilege that contributes to the sexual objectification and abuse of women. Given how pervasive and what cultural icons men's sports are, that's a scary thought.

  • Sport has been called the last bastion of male domination. Unfortunately, there are others — Congress, for instance.

  • In basketball, you need to snatch a rebound as if you own the ball, as if you're starving and it's the last coconut on the tree.

  • ... athletes have taught me most of what I know about love.

    • Mariah Burton Nelson,
    • "My Mother, My Rival," in Ron Rapoport, ed., A Kind of Grace ()
  • Competition is about passion for perfection, and passion for other people who join in this impossible quest.

    • Mariah Burton Nelson,
    • "My Mother, My Rival," in Ron Rapoport, ed., A Kind of Grace ()
  • Like families, competitors can bring out the worst as well as the best in each other. Like romance, competition has many faces, some of them ugly. In addition to showing me my grace and graciousness, the mirror of sports has reflected back to me my jealousy, pettiness, and arrogance.

    • Mariah Burton Nelson,
    • "My Mother, My Rival," in Ron Rapoport, ed., A Kind of Grace ()
  • In sports, as in love, one can never pretend.

    • Mariah Burton Nelson,
    • "My Mother, My Rival," in Ron Rapoport, ed., A Kind of Grace ()
  • Too often girls accept that of course the boys will get better lighting and seating at their sports events, of course the football team will get more attention, privileges, and space in the yearbook. We need to teach girls to look around and notice when they're being treated like second-class citizens, and then to insist on equal treatment.

    • Mariah Burton Nelson,
    • in New Moon Network ()
  • ... I discovered that forgiveness is a path to freedom.

  • Humility is what we want other people to have.

  • Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success.

Mariah Burton Nelson, U.S. professional athlete, writer, editor, activist

(1956)