Zola Budd Quotes

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Zola Pieterse

Budd competing without shoes, 1984
Personal information
Nationality South African
Born (1966-05-26) 26 May 1966 (age 50)
Bloemfontein, South Africa[1]
Height 164 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800–10,000 m
Club Aldershot, Farnham & District AC[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 m – 2:00.9 (1984)
1500 m – 3:59.96 (1985)
Mile – 4:17.57 (1985)
3000 m – 8:28.83 (1985)
5000 m – 14:48.07 (1985)
10,000 m – 37:31.50 (2003)[2]

Coming from a farming background, I saw nothing out of the ordinary in running barefoot, although it seemed to startle the rest of the athletics world. I have always enjoyed going barefoot and when I was growing up I seldom wore shoes, even when I went into town.
Zola Budd
I no longer run barefoot.
Tea-shops were to become my favourite haunts in England.
I have strong views about South African politics and I still don't feel I need to make public statements.
Zola Budd
I can drink tea until the cows come home and I love the atmosphere in tea-shops.
Zola Budd
I found them uncomfortable and after that I decided to continue running barefoot because I found it more comfortable. I felt more in touch with what was happening – I could actually feel the track.
Zola Budd
Looking back… it's hard to understand what all the fuss was about as things changed in just a few years. When you look at all the things that have happened in the world, it seems very small.
Zola Budd
I will never regret not denouncing apartheid.