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Apolo Ohno          

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

Apolo Anton Ohno claimed his first major speed skating title at the US Championships at the age of 14—after just six months of training. Over the next decade and a half, he went from kid prodigy to the most decorated US Winter Olympian in history—a title he still holds—earning eight Olympic medals in short-track speed skating across the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Games.

Following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Ohno took his understanding of sport psychology and his personal experience with success and setbacks to develop a resilient and mission-driven approach to life. He wrote a book on this subject, Zero Regrets, which was released in 2011 and went on to become a New York Times best seller.

Ohno remains involved in the Olympic movement. He was an NBC sports analyst for the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games and is a global ambassador for the Special Olympics and the Winter Olympics. He is currently on the bid committees for the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. He has also continued to push himself in the world of sport, winning season 4 of ABC’s hit reality show Dancing with the Stars and finishing the 2014 Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, finishing in less than ten hours.

Ohno has spent much of the past decade traveling the world and translating his successes and life lessons to business. The bulk of this time in Asia was spent immersed in exploration of various business sectors ranging from rare earth mining and development to infrastructure and software. He also completed the eight-week Executive Education Curriculum at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, alongside executive-track businesspeople from some of the world’s top companies.

Through his speaking engagements with hundreds of organizations—from Fortune 100 companies to nonprofits— Ohno has helped business leaders think about what it takes to develop a high-performance mindset and remains relevant in a world in which uncertainty is the norm. He has contemplated how individuals—be they executives or those on the front line—find motivation and consistently do their best work. He is passionate about helping others not only achieve but exceed what they believe to be possible in both life and in business.

Ohno’s most recent work has centered on the concept of reinvention—an undertaking in which he has demonstrated mastery. His life has been defined not just by performing at the highest possible level in various arenas, but also by his regular pursuit of new goals and tackling new challenges, all while maintaining his iconic positive attitude and unmatched energy. Ohno continues to bring these attributes to every new endeavor and every business engagement.

Speech Topics

Hard Pivot/Reinvention

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.

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.

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.

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.


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