Apolo Ohno

Eight-Time Olympic Medalist &
The Most Decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in History

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Ohno discusses his journey from a rambunctious and unruly teenager to an Olympic gold medalist. His anecdotes are endearing and heart-felt, but also emphasize the importance of finding one’s path, committing to it, and reaping the benefits of hard work. Using the philosophy instilled in him by his father to always give 100% of yourself in whatever you do, Ohno imparts to audiences that there are no shortcuts to success. Ohno, whose father is Japanese, also discusses embracing his identity as an Asian-American.

He was wonderful and our students loved absolutely loved him… Apolo exceeded our expectations and was one of the most gracious speakers we’ve had the privilege of working with.

- The University of Texas at Austin

About Apolo Ohno

“Zero regrets. It’s a philosophy not just about sport but about life. School, business, academics, love—anything and everything.”  –Apolo Ohno

Before becoming the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Apolo Anton Ohno was recognized for his prodigal sports talent after becoming the best short-track skater in the United States in less than two years. At fourteen years of age, after training under Pat Wentland in Lake Placid for just six months, Ohno claimed his first overall title at the U.S. Championships. He is now an eight-time Olympic medalist, including two gold medals, and the new Ambassador to the Winter Olympic Games in the U.S. and around the world. Since becoming the face of winter sports, Ohno has worked as a motivational speaker, philanthropist, and TV personality. Apolo is now covering the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as a winter sport analyst for NBC. In 2007, Ohno won season 4 of ABC’s hit reality show Dancing with the Stars, and in 2013, became the host of the TV Game Show Minute to Win It on GSN. Ohno has written two books—Zero Regrets, an inspirational guide to chasing one’s dreams, and a memoir titled My Story.

Speech Topics

  • The Journey of an Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday

Books and Media

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NBC Sports: Apolo Ohno ready for short track analyst debut at Olympic trials


SportsIllustrated.com: Apolo Ohno will join NBC's 2014 Olympics coverage


The Seattle Times: Apolo Ohno to host ‘Minute to Win It’


HNGN Apolo Ohno Retires: Eight-Time Olympian to be Correspondent Instead Competing at 2014 Winter Olympics


People: Apolo Ohno Blogs About the 'Hardest Week' on Dancing with the Stars


The Daily Texan: Olympic medalist inspires students to persevere


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