Quotes of the Year 2013: Part 1

Eduard Nikolaev seen at the finish of Dakar Rally in Santiago, Chile on January 19th, 2013
© Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Check out the best quotes from another year of global sporting achievement by our Red Bull athletes.

It's been another outstanding year of sporting excellence across a huge variety of activities, ranging from jumping from the limits of the planet's atmosphere to truck driving across the desert. Here's the first of our selection of the best quotes from 2013.

I can’t believe it was only five years ago that I competed in this race for the first time. Back then I was just a mere mechanic but now I’m behind the wheel and winning the Dakar

Eduard Nikolaev (pictured above), driver of the winning Kamaz team, shows just what victory means to him in the Dakar. Read more on this story at the Off Road channel.

Levi LaValle of USA celebrates after winning Snowmobile Speed and Style at the X Games Aspen 2013 at Buttermilk  in Aspen, Colorado, January 26, 2013
Levi LaVallee with his medal haul© Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

I'm happy I put down a solid run and came out on top to win gold again. It’s like, ‘Pinch me! Is this for real?’

Levi LaVallee shows off his medals from the X Games in Aspen after winning snowmobile freestyle at Aspen, following a two year break. Here's more on Levi's amazing comeback

Mark McMorris of CAN competes during Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals at the X Games Aspen 2013 at Buttermilk  in Aspen, Colorado, January 26, 2013
Mark McMorris at the X Games © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

I got what I really wanted to do down and then in my third run, I stepped it up to a run that I really wanted to do before I even came to X Games and it was kinda like a dream run. To do that on my last run was the icing on the cake

Mark McMorris showing the style that led to his record-breaking 98pt run in the snowboard slopestyle at Aspen.

Lindsey Vonn gives an interview after her skiing accident in Vail, Colorado, US on February 22nd, 2013
Lindsey Vonn recovers from her knee injury© David Mavro / Red Bull Content Pool

The one thing I’ve learned in life is that when you fall you just get back up – it’s going to take a lot of hard work but I’ll get back to where I was and I think honestly that this’ll give me time to be even better than I was before – everything happens for a reason.

It's been a tough year for ski superstar Lindsey Vonn, but as 2013 draws to a close she is back on the slopes and despite ongoing problems with her knee she remains the one to beat. Lindsey talks about her recovery at the Snow channel.

Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out from the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico, USA on October 14 2012
The luxuries of cutting-edge technology© Red Bull Stratos/Red Bull Content Pool

The great thing about records is that they're inspiring. I was inspired by Joe Kittinger’s [unofficial] records from 1960. Now, in turn, I am hearing that people are being inspired by my records to follow their dreams and achieve extraordinary things.

Record breaker Felix Baumgartner after confirmation of breaking three Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world records. The Red Bull Stratos project also saw the Austrian break five others outside of FAI categories.

Ryan Doyle from the United Kingdom performs during Red Bull Parkour in Baku city, Azerbaijan on April 7th, 2013
Ryan Doyle in Baku© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

When you are a freerunner, it does not have to be all about destination and going from point A to point B, at the end of the day I am not trying to get anywhere and nobody is chasing me.

Freerunning star Ryan Doyle has travelled all around the world to promote the sport and this year he was in Baku, Azerbaijan to shoot this video.