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Apolo Anton Ohno is a retired American short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist (two gold, two silver, four bronze) in the Winter Olympics.

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Japan, not only a mega-busy city that thrives on electronics and efficiency, actually has an almost sacred appreciation of nature. One must travel outside of Tokyo to truly experience the 'old Japan' and more importantly feel these aspects of Japanese culture. Apolo Ohno My life has always been compartmentalized into different aspects. I have my speed skating Olympic pursuits, I have my personal life and have my business life and have my entertainment - TV - Hollywood - whatever have you - always compartmentalizing every aspect of my life. Apolo Ohno It's important to be driven and have goals. You want an independent woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. It's attractive to me when a woman is doing what she loves. It makes me want to know more. Apolo Ohno One things guys have to remember is consistency... You can't make up for three years of eating poorly in just one workout. Apolo Ohno Do I feel any pressure as the most decorated Winter Olympian in American history? None at all. The only pressures that I know I face are those of how to pay it forward: How can I continually make a positive impact in people's lives, help others achieve their dreams, create their own Olympic mindset, creating champions within themselves? Apolo Ohno I rolled the second car that I ever owned, a Toyota 4 Runner. This was winter in Colorado, two weeks before the 2002 Olympic trials. I was driving in the outside lane, and my rear tire caught some black ice, and we totally turned sideways to the point where we were heading right toward the median. Apolo Ohno 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. Apolo Ohno I love to shop. Clothes, electronics, and I love jewelry, especially yellow gold. Apolo Ohno It is not up to me whether I win or lose. Ultimately, this might not be my day. And it is that philosophy towards sports, something that I really truly live by. I am emotional. I want to win. I am hungry. I am a competitor. I have that fire. But deep down, I truly enjoy the art of competing so much more than the result. Apolo Ohno I know that BMW is now a sponsor of the USOC - of the United States Olympic Committee - so they offer the use of their aerodynamic speed-tunnel for testing and such for the athletes, which is a great advantage. But to be honest with you, I'd rather have a free car! Apolo Ohno Being a competitor, you always believe you can come back. I'll be up at 3 in the morning watching World Cup races in my hotel whether I'm in Asia on a business trip or in New York City and have to get up in 2 hours. Apolo Ohno Generally, speed skaters don't run that much. I'm a little bit of an exception in that I run a lot. Apolo Ohno

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Vancouver is an amazing city and luckily, growing up in the Seattle area, I was able to immerse myself into the culture at a young age, traveling back and forth across the border for skating competitions as a youngster. Apolo Ohno My mantra has always been to have zero regrets in life. Everything I do at one speed, I go all-out. Apolo Ohno Broadcasting is definitely in my cards for the future, and I'm determined to work hard at it - to perfect it and create my style and niche. Apolo Ohno Champions all get kicked when they're down. Apolo Ohno As seemingly impossible as it may seem of having zero regrets, when I look at my life now and all the mistakes I've made, all the bad decisions I've made, all the things I could have done differently or done more in, I don't think I would have changed anything. Apolo Ohno If it wasn't for my sport and my father, I'd probably be a fallen statistic. I'd be dead; I'd be in jail. Luckily, I had a great dad in my life. Apolo Ohno I am a believer in nutrient timing and supplementation, through 8Zone. I love eggs, apples, wild fish, leafy greens, brown rice, pasta, oatmeal, home grown Washington Potatoes, and cooking with coconut and olive oils. Apolo Ohno When there's somebody racing side-by-side, when somebody's right next to me and they're pushing and we're both tired, we're both fatigued, I want to be able to beat them mentally. Apolo Ohno I wanted to go back on 'Dancing With the Stars,' I did it. One of my favorite shows is 'Hawaii Five-0.' I went on, guest starred. I wanted to be in a film, did 'Tasmanian Devils' in Vancouver. Wanted to host a show, boom, did it. Apolo Ohno Who cares if somebody dances better? Doing my very best is rewarding internally. Apolo Ohno I was an avid swimmer and was state champ at age 12. Apolo Ohno It's about having an active lifestyle, staying healthy, and making the right decisions. Life is about balance. Not everybody wants to run a marathon, but we could all start working out and being active, whether you walk to work or take an extra flight of stairs. Apolo Ohno All the suits I buy have to be tailored, no matter what. But it's not just because of my height; it's because I've been skating for so long. My waist is very small, but my legs are just huge. Most really nice suit makers are Italian, and usually they make suit pants for Italian men. I'm like, 'Those Italians must have pretty skinny legs.' Apolo Ohno When you reach that competing point, when you reach that time when the gun is about to go off, everyone's level is pretty much the same. The one thing that's going to separate you from everybody else is how you deal with those pressures, how you stay relaxed. Apolo Ohno I tend to build bulk and muscle easily, and running seems to make sure I stay kind of stringy, if that makes sense. Apolo Ohno U.S. Speedskating has been riddled with problems since when I started my career, and we were always able to look past that. When it came down to performing on the ice, regardless of funding issues, we were always able to make it happen. And that's what it's all about. Apolo Ohno For me, the '60s in the automotive industry was awesome. The cars are heavy, huge, rolling works of art. Apolo Ohno I think so many times in our society we focus so much on just the end result; when we finally reach that point we realize that was never the true goal. Apolo Ohno I don't have great running technique, but I like to run. I've heard from countless people that the last six miles of the marathon is all mental. But what better city to have this in than New York City where there are millions of people there supporting you? Apolo Ohno My life has always been with my dad. Since I can remember, I was raised by my father my entire life. So he's kind of been that mom and father figure - always. Apolo Ohno I wanted to play football or be a boxer, but my dad didn't want that because of all the impact. But in 1992 I was watching short track, and it was obscure, but they looked like superheroes in their tight outfits, and I thought it was amazing. I wanted to do that. I made the national team at 14. Apolo Ohno As I grow older, I have a growing curiosity about my other half. My dad did a wonderful job raising me, and I wouldn't change it for the world, but at the same time there is a growing curiosity about my other half. Apolo Ohno In school I studied international business and marketing, so I've always been attracted to business. Apolo Ohno I believe my father has and always will be the strongest influence in my life, as he has guided me on many paths. Apolo Ohno I have a scar on my left thigh, kind of almost near my knee. I essentially fell in the 2002 Olympics and when I hit the wall - because of the impact - my right leg kind of came in at like a knife-type angle and stabbed my leg with my own skate blade. Apolo Ohno My first car was a Toyota 4Runner when I was 17. I paid for it myself. I was very happy. Apolo Ohno Every Olympic athlete prepares differently. For me, I am 100 percent into the sport. And if I decide to really make a crucial career decision to say, 'This is something I want to do,' I want to leave no stone unturned in my preparation. Apolo Ohno I never had one day that I didn't want to be on the ice, because I always had an objective for that day. I had a rigorous plan and schedule in place that I had to adhere to. It was a step-by-step process of slowly but surely inching toward the Olympic Games and using every day as a series of goals to be accomplished. Apolo Ohno My dad's great. He's my biggest supporter. He's always told me that whatever I choose to do, I can do it. I just gotta put my mind to it. Apolo Ohno My small experience on 'Dancing with the Stars' allowed me to slowly appreciate the Waltz and Viennese Waltz, but to see it in Vienna is something much different. Apolo Ohno An Olympic pursuit really takes a full three to four years of Olympic preparation. Apolo Ohno My 'go to' workout is called the Asylum from Beach Body. It's intense training with lots of intervals, core work. It's hard! I travel a lot, so I can take it on the road with me and do it in a hotel room. Apolo Ohno I could never focus on my upper body as a skater, so I'm enjoying having symmetrical upper and lower body muscle. Apolo Ohno It starts with your diet and then to your exercise... you have to make the right decisions as a consumer and learn about carbs and proteins as well as watching your portion control, and from there you have to stay active as much as possible. Apolo Ohno I know exactly what I'm doing on the ice, and I'm in my element. Apolo Ohno My father is 100% Japanese and came to the United States when he was only 18 years old. My grandmother still resides in Japan, which has allowed me to travel to the roots of my ancestors with my father. Apolo Ohno The last thing I want is for people to go through the motions in life. We're all meant to do different things, but there's a lot of opportunity for us to do some great things. Apolo Ohno I can look into someone's eyes and feel like I know her better, versus a phone call, where you can't get that same type of emotion. That's why text messaging gets you in trouble: You can't bond, and emoticons explain only so much. Apolo Ohno I've always wanted to play a role in inspiring people to be better, to live higher quality lives and to feel good about the way that they look and feel. Apolo Ohno When you are at the Olympic Games, it comes down to a ten thousandth of a hair between making the next round or winning a race or getting second or third. Apolo Ohno I think that Subway has shown their own personal commitment as a company and how they believe in healthy choices. Apolo Ohno On the ice, if I slow down, I can coast behind somebody for a couple of laps. If I slow down on the run, it'll turn into a walk. Apolo Ohno I've always liked game shows - the competitive aspect and the character-driven personalities you see. Apolo Ohno A lot of times, some of my best ideas happen when I'm running. That's when I do my best thinking. Apolo Ohno With speed skating, it's like doing one-legged squats over and over again, with that one leg absorbing more than 80 percent of your weight. It takes an enormous amount of strength, and you're in such a weird position. Apolo Ohno I've been an athlete most of my life and on a disciplined schedule. Working out for me is just part of my every day. Apolo Ohno We actually have a small family. It's just my father and I and my grandmother, who lives in Tokyo. I cherish my friendships. Apolo Ohno The woman I'm attracted to won't be based on what I write down on paper. It's going to be what I feel. Apolo Ohno Olympic athletes have to find a job right after they're done competing. Apolo Ohno Besides film, I'd like to be the young Regis. That would be great. Going back and forth from L.A. to New York. Doing stuff on food. Doing stuff on kids. Just talking about issues that are relevant. Doing things on the Olympic Games. Apolo Ohno It's just a goatee. That sounds kind of weird. A soul patch? I don't know how 'soul' it is. Apolo Ohno Michael Phelps is a good friend of mine, so I'm very supportive of him. Apolo Ohno I want to break into the acting industry. It's something I have a great deal of respect for; it's a passion of mine. It's so amazing, the differences between acting and being an athlete, but the one commonality is they both evoke emotion in the viewer. And those emotions are real. So I think that's pretty cool. Apolo Ohno Music to me is life. It's what gets me going. Apolo Ohno My girlfriend has been the ice. Apolo Ohno I was always active as a child. My dad tried to place me in every sport imaginable. I had so much energy, he wanted to push me in a direction where that energy was used appropriately to keep me out of trouble and focused while I was in school. Apolo Ohno I had a ton of energy, ran around like crazy - more than a handful for my dad. I was crazy. Dad barely handled it. I was never diagnosed ADHD or anything like that, but I'm pretty sure I had it when I was younger. It's the only thing that would explain me getting into trouble all the time. Apolo Ohno First and foremost, my involvement within the Olympic pursuit and Games were obviously surrounded by only putting the absolute best nutrients into my body. Apolo Ohno You'd like people to remember you for these great times on the ice. In reality, you want them to forget because you're doing something new and better. Apolo Ohno Early in my career, I had difficulty breathing during workouts and my performance on the ice suffered. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with EIB and received the proper treatment that I was able to reach my peak performance. Apolo Ohno I only watch the last 40 seconds. Watching a whole marathon over time, the beginning, middle and end look very slow. I want to see action! I can't help it. Apolo Ohno The first question is always, 'We loved him on 'Dancing with the Stars,' we loved him in the Olympics, but can he speak English?' Yes I speak English. Yes, I can. Apolo Ohno The fact that I didn't have a mom is a challenge; it was a struggle; and we made the best of it, and because of that my relationship with my dad is that much stronger. Apolo Ohno