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Apolo Ohno        

Eight-Time Olympic Medalist, Top Short-Track Skater in the United States & NYT Best Selling Author

Apolo Ohno's prodigious speed skating career started in his early teens. After training under Pat Wentland in Lake Placid for just six months, Ohno claimed his first overall title at the U.S. Championships at fourteen years of age. Over two decades, he won 12 national titles; three World Cup overall titles, and a total of 21 World Championship medals: eight gold, seven silver, and six bronze. Ohno is the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history—an eight-time Olympic medalist with two gold medals. He also serves as the Ambassador to the Winter Olympic Games in the U.S. and around the world.

Ohno has dramatically reinvented himself since the Olympics. In 2007, Ohno found his way into mainstream popularity by winning 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. The next year, he competed in the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii and, after training for six months, Ohno finished in under 10 hours. In 2014 and 2018, Ohno was an NBC sports analyst for the Sochi Winter Olympics and PyeongChang Winter Olympics, respectively. He is currently on the 2026/2030 Winter Olympic bid committee for Salt Lake City, Utah and on the 2028 Summer Olympic bid committee for Los Angeles.

Today, Ohno is passionate about sharing insights and lessons from his 15-year Olympic career to Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits alike. His passion for travel has brought him to over 60 countries, exposing him to some of the brightest minds and cultures. Ohno has a keen interest in promoting health and wellness and enjoys creative pursuits such as producing and writing. As the author of the New York Times bestseller Zero Regrets, an inspirational guide to chasing one’s dreams, Ohno is writing a new book about reinventing and transforming oneself, achieving a winning mindset, overcoming challenges, and dealing with trauma—all to achieve your highest goals.

Speech Topics

Zero Regrets - Be Greater Than Yesterday

This is the Olympic journey story, where Apolo takes the audience on an inspiring, motivating journey from a rambunctious and unruly teenager to the Most Decorated U.S Winter Olympian in History.

Apolo's Five Golden Principles

  1. Gratitude

  2. Giving

  3. Grit

  4. Gear up

  5. Get into action/Go

*These principles are not only intrinsically tied to Gold Medal performance, but equally critical to life post-Olympic career. Apolo ties these themes to the life and work of his audience, relating them to sales goals, reinvention in the workplace, getting the best out of yourself and your team, and the uncertainty of Covid19 and the new career path era.

Overcoming challenges, failure, and uncertainty

Mental framework designed to help us produce the best work possible while excelling and thriving in personal (non-work) environments. The Three R’s: Recovery, Reinvention, and Reset are components that occur in our personal lives that will impact our trajectory moving forward in business.

Gold Medal Mindset - Winning in business and life

What does it take to “win” and create personal victories when curveballs are thrown at us, or when resources are limited and the challenge seems too high? How do we move from problem to challenge to opportunity.

Hard Pivot/Reinvention


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Dancing with the Stars: Apolo Ohno, Karina Smirnoff Clear the Air

Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. The ice-skating Olympian will  ...

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