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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, 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 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 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 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 and entertaining 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.

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  • “ The most decorated Winter Olympian, speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, recounts his life, starting as a rebellious teen with a supportive single father. After a period of introspection Ohno decides to train seriously, and the rest is history…The book breezes along like a short-track speed-skating race.” 


  • ANew York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 6/5/2011

    " I honestly loved this book, and not just because I was lucky enough to have it personally autographed by the very dashing Apolo! He was inspiring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie C. | 5/14/2011

    " I thought that this book was amazing and that it was really cool to see how the Olympic athletes train and what they do in their spare time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leisa | 5/12/2011

    " I am a big fan of Apolo Ohno! That said, I think this is a fabulous account of how he has turned his life into something very positive. He was heading nowhere and his motivation and changes he made (and continue to make) in his life are something to be admired.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/24/2011

    " as a huge Apolo fan, it was a very interesting read. I have always been amazed by the committment and personal sacrifice olympic atheletes make. After reading what Apolo went through with the support of his father, makes me an even bigger fan! Go Apolo. "

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