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Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday [Kindle Edition]

Apolo Ohno
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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 a 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 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.


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About the Author

Apolo Ohno is the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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PROLOGUE: TOWARD A EUPHORIC CLARITY

I am my father’s son.

Because that is so, I am also very much my own man. My path in life is my own.

But it is because of my dad, Yuki, that I could find my way in the first instance and keep going at those moments when I faltered. And thus it is not the successes I have had—on and off the ice, at the Olympic Games and beyond—that I most appreciate.

It is the journey.

A journey I have undertaken in concert, if not always in perfect harmony, with my father and with the many others who have helped shape and guide me; a journey I have undertaken carrying this in my heart and my soul:

Zero regrets.

The late, great basketball coach John Wooden used to say, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of.”

Zero regrets.

It’s a philosophy not just about sport but also about life. School, business, academics, love—anything and everything.

Zero regrets.

Life is about making the most of it. While we can. Because we can.

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. That means you have to put in the work, the practice, the training. There aren’t any shortcuts. If you want something, you have to be 100 percent clear in how you plan to get it. You have to be relentless in your pursuit.

I didn’t ever want to be complacent. I didn’t want to think back about my day and think, Yes, Apolo, that was good enough. So this is what I would say to myself when I would lie down in bed at night: Zero regrets. I would think it, and I would even say it out loud to myself. This is what I would say to myself when I was hammering out miles on the treadmill: No regrets. Sometimes inside my head, sometimes out loud. This is what I would say when I was in the weight room: Absolutely zero regrets.

I knew to a certainty that if I pushed myself too hard on the treadmill, I would suffer the next day. Maybe I would be almost too tired on the ice. So I would say to myself, too: Forget about tomorrow. What if today were the last day of training you could be remembered for? What if this particular interval that I was doing on the treadmill right now—right now!—was the last one I would be remembered for? That’s how I trained. That’s how I approached it.

This path in the pursuit of victory within the Olympic Games was one that I took on occasion to the utmost extreme. This path was not mine alone; over the years, many people reached out and lent their expertise and their knowledge, eager to help me be my best. With a nod to such unbelievable support, I nonetheless decided to take a singular path in preparing for the 2010 Vancouver Games, one that was lonely, one that was hard, one that most would shy away from, one that came laden with unreal expectations. Simply put, I needed to keep myself in a bubble. I wanted to create a very simple environment in which only a few key people were around me most of the day and for weeks at a time. From this place, I was able to confront my insecurities. I could smile as I confronted fear, my confidence building in my ability to do what I was trying to accomplish.

In the past, I may have faltered, taken a misstep, taken a step back. For me, this time around, that was not an option. I was attempting to be stronger than I thought possible. Such strength did not come from my physical self; it started within the depths of my mind. That severe shift in your mental approach—the “shift of mechanism”—was so incredibly important in creating victory, regardless of whether I would end up standing on the podium or not. The path or road less traveled is often one that is filled with the most reward and joy. I lived—I live—for the moment.

When I am asked now to speak at businesses, when I speak to the chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, what’s on the table is inspiration: how to get it, find it, keep it, to take that particular company to the next level. When I’m told, for instance, “We’re looking to take our skill set to the next level,” I like to say, “We all want something. Have you clearly outlined what it is? Do you have a clear understanding of how to direct your focus and get there?” It doesn’t need to be a complete plan in every detail—but the more clear you are about exactly what you want and the better definition you have of what it’s going to take to get to that point and beyond, the more likely those things are to come to fruition.

They say the more you think with particularity about things, the more you acknowledge the wanting of a specific thing, the more you articulate that out loud, then the more likely it is to come true. There is great truth in that. It takes a really clear understanding of how to reach a point and what it’s going to take to get there.

Ultimately, you test yourself. It’s race day. Or whatever the context: it’s a test if you’re at school, a big presentation if you’re in the business world. Whatever that context, you put yourself to the test.

Winning does not always mean coming in first. Second or third, even fourth—they are wins, too, no matter what anyone says. Real victory is in arriving at the finish line with no regrets. You go all out. And then you accept the consequences.

That’s what makes a champion—in sports, in business, in life, in your relationships with family and friends. You go with heart, with excitement and enthusiasm, with soul.

This is just some of what I have learned from my father—what he taught me and then what I have learned by and for myself. My father instilled in me passion, purpose, and pride. And, as well, dedication, discipline, and drive. I made those values mine. Along the way, I won eight Olympic medals. That makes me, they say, the most decorated American in Winter Games history.

THAT HUMBLES ME.

It’s especially humbling when you consider how it all started. My dad came to the United States with no money. He spoke no English. He had three cameras around his neck—one Canon and two Nikons—figuring that if times got really, really tough, he could sell them and have maybe enough money to eat. He made his way to Seattle. There he worked as a janitor, as a dishwasher. He thought he wanted to become an accountant and instead became a hairstylist. He raised me by himself. When I was young, he tried most of all just to keep me busy—swimming, singing, skating. Anything just to tire me out.

When I was eleven, we watched the 1994 Winter Olympics together on television. Those were the Olympics from Lillehammer, Norway, the Games most people remember for the Tonya-and-Nancy show. Not in our house. Short-track speed skating—now, that was cool. To me, the skaters looked like action superheroes.

I tried it. I liked it. My dad drove me around Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, to Vancouver. I got better. I got noticed. When I was just fourteen, I was invited to train with a junior national team developmental program all the way across the country in Lake Placid, New York. I didn’t want to go. In fact, I didn’t go. And then I did. Because my dad showed me what trust, what courage, and what love are all about. Here, he understood, was an extraordinary opportunity, and when opportunity like that comes around, you have to go for it.

Otherwise, what are you left looking at? Regret.

In Lake Placid, I got good—really good. It seemed like I was a lock for the 1998 Olympics. Except I bombed out. And then my dad showed me what it’s like to have faith in someone. Genuine, profound, life-changing faith. Through one risky, extraordinary act, he gave me—and then I seized—a second chance.

This is how and where my journey really took off. From there, I have lived so much that has played out on the public stage—in three different Olympic Games, the chaotic silver and the gold that sparked so much controversy in Salt Lake City in 2002, the seemingly “perfect” race in Torino in 2006, the four-for-four medals count in Vancouver in 2010 that became three-for-four when I was disqualified in the 500-meter sprint just moments after it appeared I had won what would have been an eighth medal.

I have eight. That’s short-track. No regrets.

In Salt Lake, for instance, coming around the final turn of the 1000 meters, it looked like the race was mine. I was ahead, sprinting for the finish line; here was my first Olympic medal, and it was going to be gold. But in a flash, that gold was gone, four of the five of us in the race down on the ice in what might be the most freakish short-track accident that has ever occurred or ever will occur. There was only one guy left upright, Steve Bradbury of Australia, who had been at least 30 meters behind the rest of the pack; while the rest of us were trying to pick ourselves up, he sailed through and across the line to win the gold medal.

Not for one second—not then, not now, and not ever—have I ever been anything but satisfied, completely satisfied, with that race and how it all turned out.

How is that possible? Because this race turned out just the way it obviously was supposed to happen. It didn’t matter then and doesn’t matter now that I might have been the fastest guy, the strongest guy, the best guy in that race. It didn’t matter and doesn’t matter that I got tripped up and that I went crashing into the pads on the side of the rink through no fault of my own. It wouldn’t have solved anything to look around and wonder who had caused the crash and start playing the blame game.

The first thing to do was to get myself together and get across the line—to win silver.

I did that, got my blade ac...


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Articulate and Conversational October 28, 2010
By bsiren
Format:Hardcover
Nice mix of motivational philosophy and biography. I was pleased that the book stays out of the gossipy details, but focuses more on mindset, competition preparation and personal memories. Apolo comes across as a genuinely nice guy who stays true to his mission. He's had highs and lows like anyone and I found it very inspirational as I face life's challenges. His life could have gone in a completely different direction and I enjoyed reading how he recognized where he was heading and how he steered himself toward a higher destiny. His relationship with his father is heartwarming. Role models so often disappoint but Apolo's journey shows that there are some smart, thoughtful athletes to learn from and be inspired by.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring must-read! October 31, 2010
By Tiggie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
ZERO REGRETS: BE GREATER THAN YESTERDAY succeeds not merely as a compelling memoir, but as an inspiring motivational guide to mental and physical strength, personal and professional reward, through the pursuit of zero regrets.

I loved reading it, particularly the love, respect, admiration, and gratitude Apolo has for his amazing dad, Yuki Ohno. Mr. Ohno himself is an inspiration, and we can all do well to learn from his wisdom, his constant and unconditional love, and unwavering support as Apolo's "hero, best friend, coach, mentor, Dad."

Short track speed skating serves as the dramatic medium for Apolo's profound and powerful message; fraught with unforeseen challenges at every turn, seemingly insurmountable obstacles--and in Apolo's case, amazing recoveries and brilliant victories--short track is the perfect metaphor for life, and Apolo the perfect example of living with zero regrets.

In the prologue, Apolo states: "I did not want to write a book out of some sense of self-indulgence, or perfectionism, or self-adoration. No. Instead, I simply wanted to make plain what I have learned along my path in the hope that my journey would encourage others to strive for what is needed, to reach for the unreachable, to recognize that everyone makes mistakes but the point is to bounce back stronger."

Thank you, Apolo and Mr. Ohno, for sharing so much of yourselves and what you have learned, and encouraging us and inspiring us to be greater than yesterday in this moving, beautifully written book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid look inside the heart and soul of a champion November 9, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
From the first sentence, you are hooked. You quickly realize this is not the typical celebrity tell-all. This is a candid look into the heart and soul of a champion and how he finds inspiration in his own life.

For a young man who is accustomed to showing no emotion on the ice, Apolo truly opens up about his challenges, insecurities, and successes. Apolo does not paint himself in a totally positive light either. He acknowedges the mistakes he made, the path that was leading him astray, the rebellious years where he butted heads with his father. He readily gives praise and respect to those people that made a difference in his own life through their support, coaching, expertise, friendship, loyalty, and love. However, Apolo stops short of any mention of his romantic life. By his own admission in a recent interview, he did not want this to be a book about "women I have dated or who wanted to date me."

Apolo provides an inside look into the sacrifices he made and the grueling training schedule he endured to prepare for his Olympic pursuits. He talks about his thoughts in those moments before his races, during his races, and after the races. Apolo's personal philosophy that things happen the way they are supposed to provides an interesting perspective on each of his wins and losses, successes and failures.

And for those who first met Apolo on Dancing with the Stars, you will not be disappointed. He recounts how he was first approached to do the show, his decision to participate, and his experiences as part of the wildly popular reality show.

This will be a book that you will read more than once. It will be your go-to book when you are searching for inspiration to get you through your own challenge. It will be the book you will reach for when you need motivation. It will be a constant reminder that life is best lived when you strive for zero regrets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! November 8, 2010
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I loved this book. Being an Apolo Ohno fan, I knew much of the story but it was wonderful to hear from him his feelings and expressions of these famous events. Apolo truly wants to be a role model and inspire people to live a happy life with Zero Regrets. His example of how he got there and does it on a daily basis is told with an open and honest bearing of his soul. This book can motivate an Olympic hopeful or a couch potato, a middle schooler or an adult. I find myself re-reading portions nearly everyday as a motivation. Ohno is a positive role model that's willing to live that role, share his blessings and podium he's been given to make life a little better for people in their pursuit of life and happiness. This book is a great share!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true warrior November 18, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Apolo is a charismatic young man and a natural storyteller. While I agree with the previous reviewers, I found his warrior spirit the most compelling aspect of his story. As a former Infantry officer and distance runner, I connected with his mental battles to conquer his insecurities, to drive his body past its apparent limits, and yet to revel in a struggle worth fighting. This book is a great primer on the will to win and the need to adapt again and again in the face of competition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
Apolo has some inspiring messages in this book. It was interesting to read about his life and the life lessons he's learned. Read more
Published 1 month ago by teach6hrts
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the book
I have always been very impressed with Apollo Ohno. This book is inspirational and very interesting. I had no idea what these athletes go through to train for their sport. Read more
Published 4 months ago by pattyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous
An amazing account of his journey. Inspirational to all. So grateful he shared his story. Apolo is an extra-ordinary person. Would love to meet him and his Dad someday. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sunshadow
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspirational for the younger generation
This is a very good book to inspire the younger generation. It shows kids and teens that you may start off on the wrong path, but discipline and faith payoff.
Published 5 months ago by Tony Ellerbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I loved this book and since I do speed skate it's very inspirational and I know what he's talking about when he talks about races!
Published 5 months ago by Lacey Greenamyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I thought the book was truly written from the heart. It was hard to put down. How he learned to love the sport and his father.
I would read it again.
Published 5 months ago by noodles
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story
Pretty good book. I love Ohno and found the story inspiring. I joined a group of highly experienced authors recently though, and found myself being picky about writing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Catherine M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very motivational
Great motivating book! Apolo is so inspiring. A great athlete. Thank you Apolo Ohno for your medals. Go USA! -S
Published 10 months ago by BOOKWORM
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This mostly covered his athletic career through training and his struggles (like everyone else) with their weight and performing well. Great read.
Published 10 months ago by Maria Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
The books themselves were in GREAT condition, and the book is a wonderful read. It's too good to miss !!
Published 11 months ago by Michelle Small
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