Zero Regrets

Zero Regrets

Be Greater Than Yesterday

Book - 2010
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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, 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, the author 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 this book he 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 he was on his way to legendary status. Much more than an account of races won and lost, this work 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 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.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781451609066
145160906X
Branch Call Number: BIO OHNO, A. Ohno 10/2010
Characteristics: 292 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill., col. ports ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Abrahamson, Alan

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The gold medal-winning Olympic speed skater shares his inspiring personal story and life lessons learned through training and competition.


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Jul 29, 2012

One of the best biography's I've read in a very long time. Parents read it so that you will know how to handle a bit of a willful child. Teens read it so that you will mature with a great sense of self esteem. Apolo has certainly made a huge impact on this granny who has zero regrets. Try it there is work to it.

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