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Apolo Ohno, American Athlete ( May 22, 1982 - )

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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.~Apolo Ohno


Art Sports Deep

We all naturally want to become successful... we also want to take shortcuts. And it's easy to do so, but you can never take away the effort of hard work and discipline and sacrifice.~Apolo Ohno


Work Hard Work Sacrifice

Japan, not only a mega-busy city that thrives on electronics and efficiency, actually has an almost sacred appreciation of nature. One must travel outside of Tokyo to truly experience the 'old Japan' and more importantly feel these aspects of Japanese culture.~Apolo Ohno


Nature Travel Experience

It's important to be driven and have goals. You want an independent woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. It's attractive to me when a woman is doing what she loves. It makes me want to know more.~Apolo Ohno


Woman Goals Me

My life has always been compartmentalized into different aspects. I have my speed skating Olympic pursuits, I have my personal life and have my business life and have my entertainment - TV - Hollywood - whatever have you - always compartmentalizing every aspect of my life.~Apolo Ohno


Life Business My Life

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.~Apolo Ohno


Life Work Decisions

Do I feel any pressure as the most decorated Winter Olympian in American history? None at all. The only pressures that I know I face are those of how to pay it forward: How can I continually make a positive impact in people's lives, help others achieve their dreams, create their own Olympic mindset, creating champions within themselves?~Apolo Ohno


Positive Dreams History

I wanted to go back on 'Dancing With the Stars,' I did it. One of my favorite shows is 'Hawaii Five-0.' I went on, guest starred. I wanted to be in a film, did 'Tasmanian Devils' in Vancouver. Wanted to host a show, boom, did it.~Apolo Ohno


Stars Favorite Hawaii

My mantra has always been to have zero regrets in life. Everything I do at one speed, I go all-out.~Apolo Ohno


Life Speed Regrets

I rolled the second car that I ever owned, a Toyota 4 Runner. This was winter in Colorado, two weeks before the 2002 Olympic trials. I was driving in the outside lane, and my rear tire caught some black ice, and we totally turned sideways to the point where we were heading right toward the median.~Apolo Ohno


Car Black Winter

I was an avid swimmer and was state champ at age 12.~Apolo Ohno


Age Champ Avid

Who cares if somebody dances better? Doing my very best is rewarding internally.~Apolo Ohno


Best Doing Better

When there's somebody racing side-by-side, when somebody's right next to me and they're pushing and we're both tired, we're both fatigued, I want to be able to beat them mentally.~Apolo Ohno


Tired Me Want

One things guys have to remember is consistency... You can't make up for three years of eating poorly in just one workout.~Apolo Ohno


Remember Consistency You

U.S. Speedskating has been riddled with problems since when I started my career, and we were always able to look past that. When it came down to performing on the ice, regardless of funding issues, we were always able to make it happen. And that's what it's all about.~Apolo Ohno


Past Make It Happen Career

I can look into someone's eyes and feel like I know her better, versus a phone call, where you can't get that same type of emotion. That's why text messaging gets you in trouble: You can't bond, and emoticons explain only so much.~Apolo Ohno


Eyes Better Look

I love to shop. Clothes, electronics, and I love jewelry, especially yellow gold.~Apolo Ohno


Love Gold Yellow

Being a competitor, you always believe you can come back. I'll be up at 3 in the morning watching World Cup races in my hotel whether I'm in Asia on a business trip or in New York City and have to get up in 2 hours.~Apolo Ohno


Morning Business World

Champions all get kicked when they're down.~Apolo Ohno


Down Champions Kicked

I tend to build bulk and muscle easily, and running seems to make sure I stay kind of stringy, if that makes sense.~Apolo Ohno


Kind Sense Build

Generally, speed skaters don't run that much. I'm a little bit of an exception in that I run a lot.~Apolo Ohno


Speed Run Exception

As seemingly impossible as it may seem of having zero regrets, when I look at my life now and all the mistakes I've made, all the bad decisions I've made, all the things I could have done differently or done more in, I don't think I would have changed anything.~Apolo Ohno


Life Mistakes Decisions

When you reach that competing point, when you reach that time when the gun is about to go off, everyone's level is pretty much the same. The one thing that's going to separate you from everybody else is how you deal with those pressures, how you stay relaxed.~Apolo Ohno


Time Gun You

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.~Apolo Ohno


End Focus Goal

Vancouver is an amazing city and luckily, growing up in the Seattle area, I was able to immerse myself into the culture at a young age, traveling back and forth across the border for skating competitions as a youngster.~Apolo Ohno


Myself Age Culture

I am a believer in nutrient timing and supplementation, through 8Zone. I love eggs, apples, wild fish, leafy greens, brown rice, pasta, oatmeal, home grown Washington Potatoes, and cooking with coconut and olive oils.~Apolo Ohno


Love Home I Am