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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

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  • Karen
  • Terre Haute, IN, United States
  • 09-10-12

Inspiration in a small package.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would recommend and have already told friends and family about his hard work and great attitude towards life!

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me stop worrying about the little stuff and get busy with making good things happen!

Any additional comments?

Love his spirit!

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 07-30-12

Kept my interest

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.

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Determination

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!

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OUTSTANDING!!

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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Enthralled by the descriptive nuances of the story

From struggling kid to finding his way to being open to how he could #BeBetter in every way, Apolo's journey is inspirational for anyone to listen to. Excited to see what's next for him. #FindFreedom

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Great listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A Great listen and a very inspiring book. I loved that he narrated it also. I would definitely recommend this to a friend or anybody who would want to know how to win and get/give inspiration for success in athletics, business and life in general.

What other book might you compare Zero Regrets to and why?

I would compare it to Seabiscuit. I loved that book. I love the insights to both books and both made me wish I was there to see them.

Have you listened to any of Apolo Ohno’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it was over 2 two days.

Any additional comments?

I do remember watching Apolo in the 2002 Olymics and it's probably the first time I had watch speed skating. I've always loved figure skating until the Tanya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan scandal, then in my opinion, it went down hill. Apolo brought short track skating to the foreground and became of the face of short track skating in America.