Apolo Anton Ohno Celebrity LifeThe name reflects Olympic greatness. American short track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno is not only an eight-time Winter Olympic medalist but also a dancer, best-selling author, and a successful motivational speaker. Apolo may have achieved greatness on the skating rink but his interests and achievements extend far beyond.
He motivates young leaders, writes books, is a successful broadcaster and not to forget, he has won a dance reality show.
Born in 1982 to a Japanese father and an American mother in Seattle, Apolo started short track speed skating at the age of 14. And in just six months he became the youngest US national champion. This was a victory he was to make a habit finishing on top of the podium from 2001-2009. Apolo was inspired to take up this sport after watching the 1994 winter Olympics in the company of his father.
Though he initially rebelled due to the strenuous discipline required to become a champion skater, he changed himself dramatically and went on to become the most successful US winter Olympian. Though his first attempt to be part of the US speed skating team for the 1998 Olympics ended in disappointment, he worked hard to become a legend in the sport.
Apolo Anton Ohno won 8 Olympic medals over three Olympics during his more than a decade long career. From 2002 to 2010, he won 2 golds, 2 silver, and 4 bronze medals. Apart from his Olympic victories, Apolo was the overall champion at the 1999 junior world championship and the first American to become the overall champion in a world cup in 2001. He went on to win the overall title in 2003 and 2005 as well.
When Apolo could take some time off skating, he took to dancing. In 2007, he stepped on to the dance floor and won the fourth season of Dancing With The Stars. He partnered with Julianne Hough to win this reality show in which amateurs pair with professional ballroom dancers.
Apolo returned to the floor in 2012 in the fifteenth season of the show. This time though, pairing with Karina Smirnoff, he was voted out in an early round. Post his retirement from speed skating, Apolo has become a motivational speaker. He has also written a book and commentates on sports channels.
As a motivational speaker, Apolo inspires the next generation of leaders in fortune 100 companies as well as non-profit organizations. Taking a cue from his own life, he is guiding young people to reinvent themselves by pursuing new goals and new challenges.
As he writes on his website: ‘My mission is to help and guide people to become stronger, better, more fulfilled than they ever thought was possible.’ His love for adventure and sports continues even after he hung up his skates. He finished the 2014 Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii, finishing the event in less than 10 hours. Apolo Anton Ohno was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of fame in 2019.
Apolo Anton Ohno Says
Here are some of his quotes which reflect his personality:
‘I am emotional. I want to win. I am hungry. I truly enjoy the art of competing for more than the result.’
‘The decision we make control us more than the conditions that we meet’
‘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’
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