50 Athletic & Motivational Apolo Ohno Quotes

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Apolo Ohno is an American retired speed skating athlete. He is most famously recognized as an eight-time medalist, notably winning two gold, two silver, and four bronze medals in the widely celebrated ‘Winter Olympics’.

For his outstanding achievement, Ohno is recognized as the most decorated American Olympian at the Winter Olympics to date and honorably got inducted into the ‘U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame’.

In addition to his massive success through speed skating, Ohno has also earned more public following through the fields of motivational speaking, philanthropy, and entertainment. He participated in many popular reality TV shows. Ohno is also known as a commentator for the huge American TV and radio network ‘NBC’.

Here’s a collection of the most motivational Apolo Ohno quotes:


50 Athletic & Motivational Apolo Ohno Quotes

1. “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

2. “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

3. “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

4. “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

5. “My dad always used to tell me that sometimes you have to have a massive storm in order to clear the sky.” – Apolo Ohno

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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

9. “I know exactly what I’m doing on the ice, and I’m in my element.” – Apolo Ohno


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10. “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


11. “I love to shop. Clothes, electronics, and I love jewelry, especially yellow gold.” – Apolo Ohno

12. “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

13. “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

14. “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

15. “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

16. “I think that Subway has shown their own personal commitment as a company and how they believe in healthy choices.” – Apolo Ohno

17. “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

18. “Generally, speed skaters don’t run that much. I’m a little bit of an exception in that I run a lot.” – Apolo Ohno

19. “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


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20. “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


21. “Be YOU. Don’t be someone else. YOU are a unique individual. Be proud… rock it loud.” – Apolo Ohno

22. “For me, the ’60s in the automotive industry was awesome. The cars are heavy, huge, rolling works of art.” – Apolo Ohno

23. “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

24. “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

25. “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

26. “If you put your mind to something, if you give 100 percent if you sacrifice, and if you dedicate yourself, anything is truly possible.” – Apolo Ohno

27. “My mantra has always been to have zero regrets in life. Everything I do at one speed, I go all-out.” – Apolo Ohno

28. “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

29. “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


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30. “I am a believer in nutrient timing and supplementation, through 8Zone. I love eggs, apples, wild fish, leafy greens, brown rice, pasta, oatmeal, homegrown Washington Potatoes, and cooking with coconut and olive oils.” – Apolo Ohno


31. “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

32. “When I’m done skating, I guarantee you that I will not look back and remember standing on the podium. I’m going to remember these days – being with the team. Training alone, in my basement. Training when everybody else is sleeping. Doing things that nobody else is doing. Digging down. Seeing what kind of character I truly have. I love that stuff.” – Apolo Ohno

33. “Winning does not always mean coming in first…real victory is in arriving at the finish line with no regrets because you know you’ve gone all out.” – Apolo Ohno

34. “I’ve always liked game shows – the competitive aspect and the character-driven personalities you see.” – Apolo Ohno

35. “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

36. “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

37. “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

38. “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

39. “Michael Phelps is a good friend of mine, so I’m very supportive of him.” – Apolo Ohno


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40. “I could never focus on my upper body as a skater, so I’m enjoying having symmetrical upper and lower body muscle.” – Apolo Ohno


41. “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

42. “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

43. “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

44. “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

45. “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

46. “A lot of times, some of my best ideas happen when I’m running. That’s when I do my best thinking.” – Apolo Ohno

47. “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

48. “In school, I studied international business and marketing, so I’ve always been attracted to business.” – Apolo Ohno

49. “It’s just a goatee. That sounds kind of weird. A soul patch? I don’t know how ‘soul’ it is.” – Apolo Ohno

50. “If I have given my all and still do not win, I haven’t lost. Others might remember winning or losing; I remember the journey.” – Apolo Ohno



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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