"My ideal athlete is first and foremost a human being who runs his sport and does not allow it to run him. He is not a race horse or a professional strong man. He drinks beer, he might smoke, and he listens to coaches when he feels inclined. With so many other interests and activities, there is no danger of mental staleness. The man who mumbles about his weight chart and his pulse ratio is left to the tender mercies of his fellow fanatics. All this may be wrong, but it has already produced 12 Olympic champions—men whose personality and determination are sufficient to enable them to plan successful athletic careers and at the same time to achieve balanced lives."