Gold medal-winning Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno shares the inspiring personal story behind his enduring success as an elite athlete and reveals the universal life lessons he has learned through his training and competition.
“Zero regrets. It’s a philosophy not just about sport but about life. School, business, academics, love—anything and everything. It’s complicated and yet not. You have to figure out who it is you want to be. Not what you want to be—who. There has to be a vision, a dream, a plan. Then you chase that with everything you’ve got.”
Over three consecutive Olympic games, Apolo Ohno has come to symbolize the very best of the competitive spirit—remaining equally gracious in victory and defeat, always striving to improve his performance, and appreciating the value of the hard work of training as much as any reward it might bring. In Zero Regrets, Apolo shares the inspiring personal story behind his remarkable success, as well as the hard-won truths and strategies he has discovered in good times and bad.
Raised by his single father, an immigrant from Japan who often worked twelve-hour days, the young Apolo found it difficult to balance his enormous natural gifts as an athlete with an admittedly wild, rebellious streak. After making a name for himself as a promising young speed skater, his career was almost over before it began when his lack of preparation caused him to finish last at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1998. A life-changing week of solitary soul-searching at the age of fifteen led him to recommit himself to his training, and at the 1999 world junior championships he won first place overall—one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sports history. From that moment on, the world of speed skating had a new champion and Apolo was on his way to legendary status.
Much more than an account of races won and lost, Zero Regrets is a compelling portrait of a father-and-son relationship that deepened over time and was based on respect, love, and unshakable faith in each other. For the first time, Apolo reveals what he knows about his long-absent mother; he makes us feel what it is like to face the best competitors on the planet with the eyes of millions of fans upon you; and he shares his secrets for achieving total focus and mental toughness, secrets that can be applied in situations well beyond sports. We learn the details of the unbelievably intense workout and diet that he endured while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, a regime that literally reshaped his body and led to some of his most thrilling victories.
In this deeply personal and entertaining book, Apolo shows how we can all come closer to living with zero regrets. While Apolo’s own journey may be unique, the insights he has gleaned along the way have the power to help us all feel like champions every day.
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Apolo Anton Ohno has always been an interesting athlete to watch - opening short-track speed-skating to the world. This book is fun, interesting and inspirational. No matter what your motivation, it's motivational and helps you get to know a real American icon.
This book blew me away. I have always admired Apolo Ohno and loved the way he skated but this book offered another insight to which I was unaware. His internal focus and his humility to share the secrets of that focus with all of us because he genuinely wants all of us to succeed! Hats off to you Apolo and the best of luck to you in your future. And thanks to you for sharing all of you through your skating and the insights of this book. And thanks most of all to those around us who love us and support us just like our Dads! All children and parents should read this book.
Amazing book with every tidbits of inspiring thoughts. It is very well written, I could not put it down and wanted to finish the whole book in one sitting. I can feel every emotion as you describe every finish of your heat. What I love the most is how humble you are. Job well done and how wonderful it must be for your dad to have raised and wonderful man. Your dad can truly say, I did well, and he should. USA all the way!