Olympics Stars: What I can't live without

Published 1350 GMT (2150 HKT) August 9, 2012
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Justin Gatlin, U.S. sprinter: "Communication with my son...To hear him talk to me and tell me he loves me before I go out and compete, that gives me the mojo to go out there and do the best I can do." AFP/Getty Images
Michael Phelps, U.S. swimmer: "Cell phone." AFP/Getty Images
Elena Isinbaeva, Russian pole vaulter: "People who support me and love me." AFP/Getty Images
Gabby Douglas, U.S. gymnast: "My Bible." AFP/Getty Images
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, former U.S. heptathlon and long jump athlete: "I'm an asthmatic and I had to have my inhaler with me all the time because I was always afraid I might have an attack. The weather might change wherever I am so I kept it inside my sports bra. I couldn't live without it." AFP/Getty Images
Ian Thorpe, Australian swimmer: "I actually had a bag of licorice that no matter how I felt, whether it was a good swim or bad swim, it was my go-to. So bizarre... probably the worst thing to have as a thing at the Olympics." AFP/Getty Images
Felix Sanchez, 400m hurdler representing the Dominican Republic, says he ran with a photograph of himself and his late grandmother tucked inside his running vest. "I made a promise," he says. "I wanted to win one more championship for her." AFP/Getty Images