At the age of 14, Apollos Anton Ohno won his first major martial arts event in the US after just six months of training. Over the next decade and a half, she progressed from being a child to the most prestigious US Winter Olympian, a position she still holds, winning eight Olympic medals in short-track skating in 2002, 2006, and the 2010 Winter Games.
After the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Apollos applied his athleticism and personal experience successfully to establish a strong and driven lifestyle. Zero Regrets, his book about it, was released in 2011 and soon became a New York Times bestseller.
Apollos is still actively involved in the Olympic struggle. He has served as NBC‘s sports commentator for the Sochi Winter Games in 2014 and PyeongChang in 2018 and is a global ambassador for Special Olympics and Winter Olympics. He is now a member of the select teams for the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and for the Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, both. He continued to excel in sports, winning season 4 of ABC fame. reality show Dancing with the Stars and completed the 2014 Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii in less than 10 hours.
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Inspiring Talks by Apolo Ohno
- “If I have given my all and still do not win, I haven’t lost. Others might remember winning or losing; I remember the journey.”
- “Passion is the spark for everything. By itself, passion is never enough. Just like talent is never enough. But it’s your fire starter. Without passion, you won’t do something 100 percent. That’s the bottom line. And what’s the point of doing something if you’re not doing it 100 percent?”
- “Who else, when we stepped to the line in Torino, was going to be so mentally tough? Who else would have proven to himself that he could do anything he set out to do? In a sport that was always one tick away from being entirely out of control, who else would have done everything he could to take charge of the things he could-and should- control to put himself in a position to excel?”
- “Skating was a gift given to me, and it’s a sport I love. I go out there every single day and there isn’t a day I don’t want to be out there”
- “The world was watching, kids especially were watching, and it is so important to handle the yourself-no matter the situation with class and grace. It is more important to be a champion off the field than on; that’s what resonates with me.”
- “One thing guys have to remember is consistency… You can’t make up for three years of eating poorly in just one workout.”
- “I think so many times in our society we focus so much on just the end result; when we finally reach that point we realize that was never the true goal.”
- “My dad’s great. He’s my biggest supporter. He’s always told me that whatever I choose to do, I can do it. I just gotta put my mind to it.”
- “It is not up to me whether I win or lose. Ultimately, this might not be my day. And it is that philosophy towards sports, something that I really truly live by. I am emotional. I want to win. I am hungry. I am a competitor. I have that fire. But deep down, I truly enjoy the art of competing so much more than the result.”
“It’s about having an active lifestyle, staying healthy, and making the right decisions. Life is about balance. Not everybody wants to run a marathon, but we could all start working out and being active, whether you walk to work or take an extra flight of stairs.”