'I'm quite happy there is a man in the world who can overcome my record, finally.'

1. LARISA LATYNINA, former Soviet gymnast, whose 18 Olympic medals were the most won by any athlete for 48 years--until U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his 19th medal on July 31

'Well, we've spent 9.3 billion on it, so I guess we better go and watch now.'

2. RON COOPER, a British boxing legend (and 1948 Olympian) who carried the Olympic torch, speaking before the opening ceremonies

'That was a mistake.'

3. DICK CHENEY, former U.S. Vice President, on John McCain's choosing a running mate,...

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