Martina Navratilova
Quotations


I came to live in a country I love; some people label me a defector. I have loved men and women in my life; Iíve been labelled ďthe bisexual defectorĒ in print. Want to know another secret? Iím even ambidextrous. I donít like labels. Just call me Martina.

People in the States used to think that if girls were good at sports their sexuality would be affected. Being feminine meant being a cheerleader, not being an athlete. The image of women is changing now. You donít have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if youíre a good athlete, it doesnít mean youíre not a woman.

Being blunt with your feelings is very American. In this big country, I can be as brash as New York, as hedonistic as Los Angeles, as sensuous as San Francisco, as brainy as Boston, as proper as Philadelphia, as brawny as Chicago, as warm as Palm Springs, as friendly as my adopted home town of Dallas, Fort Worth, and as peaceful as the inland waterway that rubs up against my former home in Virginia Beach.

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.



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