Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Apolo Ohno's New Book

Just finished Apolo's new book, Zero Regrets (Atria Books, 2010), and was surprised by how easy the book read because it did start out a bit slow and cumbersome. As Apolo continued to share some of his personal life, his closeness to his father, and how he feels about his absent mother, the book just got better and better.

Apolo gives his readers insights into his own thought processes for staying fit, getting ready for competition, healing and sometimes rebuilding after competitions, and what his thoughts were during some of his best Olympic moments. He also discusses how inexperienced he was with his skating equipment when he first began and how that spurred him to learn more and do more on the ice.

He includes a motivation page before each chapter where he provides motivational messages and more insights into his own psyche. One example is the page for Chapter 12. He writes about maturity, "When you're  younger, you just hammer. You're naive, in a sense. You don't know. You don't know what it's like to fail. You have no Olympic medals. You have nothing to lose."

His Dancing With the Stars fans will be glad to know he includes an entire chapter on his experiences on the dance stage. Apolo ends the book with, "It's the yin and the yang. It's infinity. The possibilities are endless. In pursuit of zero regrets."

It's a good read and a good look at one of the most well known Olympic champions of the past few years.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Zero Regrets by Apolo Anton Ohno

I'm in the middle of reading Zero Regrets (Simon and Schuster, 2010) by Apolo Anton Ohno. The writing style is a bit different than many books but it does read like Apolo Ohno talks when he is doing media interviews. Ohno goes into his background including a few passages about his absent mother and how influential his father has been in his life.

He also writes about his troubling start in speed skating and how much he was afraid to fail plus he details some of his teenage years hanging out with some not so savory and counterproductive street kids. So far, there are some really nice phrases about always doing things in one's life that will always produce zero regrets. Ohno talks about doing whatever one selects to do with their live by giving it 100 percent.

So far the book is really good and Ohno really is motivating. Hopefully the remainder of the book will be just as good.