Months Before Sports’ Pinnacle Event in Paris, American Hero Andre Agassi’s Famous Quote Resurfaces – ‘Biggest Thing You Can Do’

Published 09/27/2023, 9:55 AM EDT

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Andre Agassi is a name that many feared during his time as a professional athlete. The American sensation, during his prime, was a pure force to be dealt with. From the Olympics to completing a career grand slam, to laying his hands on multiple ATP trophies, Andre did it all. Despite all the success that he achieved in his life, he believed that winning the Olympic gold was his favorite by a mile.

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Now, with the 2024 Paris Olympics starting in a few months’ time, Andre Agassi’s famous comments that he made after claiming Olympic glory have resurfaced online.

Andre Agassi’s Olympic quotes resurface online just months before the Paris 2024 Olympics

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Just months before the start of the Olympic games in Paris, Andre Agassi’s comments on the sport’s biggest event have resurfaced online. As the players prepare themselves for the biggest event in sports, fans will be equally excited as well. While some would be featuring in their first-ever tournament, some would be possibly playing their last-ever Olympics.

Rafael Nadal, the one who sent shockwaves throughout his time as a professional will be making his last-ever appearance at the Olympics. The same could be the case with the Serbian legend Novak Djokovic, who holds an impeccable record of 24 grand slams. While the whole world eagerly awaits, the words by Agassi have everyone eager to see who makes it to the top at the Paris Olympics.

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Agassi’s iconic statement, “To win a grand slam is the greatest thing in the sport, but to win an Olympics is the biggest thing you can do in all sports,” means that winning an Olympic Gold could never replace the feeling, even if one wins grand slams.

While the whole world eagerly awaits the upcoming games in Paris, tennis players would be gripping themselves up for the once-in-a-four-year tournament. Also, Andre Agassi’s words highlight the immense joy and satisfaction that players get after winning the tournament as you get 4 grand slams in a year but you can only get an Olympic gold once in 4 years. Thus, it makes a huge difference.

Andre Agassi won one Olympic Gold medal on his home soil

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Andre Agassi is the most perfect example of a person who can define what it feels like to have an Olympic gold to your name. The American international laid hand on the Olympic gold medal in the 1996 games that were held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Playing in front of his home crowd, he got the motivation and the will to push himself beyond the limits which eventually helped him bag a gold. However, after clinching his gold, he also shared an interesting story where he stated after he won the gold medal, everyone, from his family to friends, were interested in knowing the story of his Olympic success rather than gushing over his career grand slam success.

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This was something that helped him revive his career while gaining recognition and fame worldwide. Thus, Andre Agassi believes that the feeling that one gets after winning an Olympic gold cannot be compared to that of winning a grand slam.

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.
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