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 - but 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 12-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 15 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, Apolo shares his secrets for achieving total focus and mental toughness, secrets that can be applied in situations well beyond sports.
©2010 Apolo Ohno (P)2010 Simon & Schuster Audio
Would recommend and have already told friends and family about his hard work and great attitude towards life!
Saying that even if he was just doing a routine workout, what if that was the last thing he ever did in life and had he given it all.
Made me stop worrying about the little stuff and get busy with making good things happen!
Love his spirit!
Fascinating book narrated by Ohno himself--he tells the story of what it takes to be the best in the world at short track skating in the Olympics. No worries that he gave his secrets away. I am guessing there are few people who would have the dedication and mindset to go after a momentous goal as singlemindedly as he did. He's an honorable and very talented individual and we haven't heard the last from him. I am sure of that.
This is a must listen book read by Apolo Ohno himself. You can hear and feel his story as he tells it himself. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs encouragement, a lift, or a nudge to move forward. Not enough stars to rate it accurately!
A must read. Apollo does an outstanding job of narrating his own book by just telling his story raw and gritty. His road to the Olympics (and Dancing with the Stars) is an inspirational story that I couldn't stop listening to. Highly recommended.
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