Apolo Anton Ohno is an eight-time Olympic medalist (and a Dancing with the Stars champ!) and just competed in his third Winter Games. But that's not what makes him great. It's all about working hard for your dreams.
How would you define the term A.L.L. Star? Can anyone become one?
I believe an A.L.L. Star is someone who’s a champion, not necessarily because they’ve won a race or a competition, but because of how hard they work to prepare. For me, preparation is the big thing. If I leave no stone unturned, I have no regrets. That’s important for kids of all ages to realize. If you can finish a competition with no regrets, you can walk away with your head held high. Even if you don’t win, it doesn’t make your effort any less worthwhile. I truly believe anyone with that kind of positive attitude, focus and commitment to teamwork can become an A.L.L. Star.
Do you get nervous before a competition?
I wouldn’t say nervous. More anxious than anything. That’s a natural, healthy feeling. If I’m too relaxed, then it doesn’t feel like a competition.
What drew you to short-track speed skating?
It’s so intense. The preparation involved is insane. And it’s so dynamic and fast. It’s got everything an American would want in a sport.
Staying healthy is so important for your performance. Is it tough to be disciplined about keeping fit and watching what you put into your body?
I enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. I’m full-bore into being as healthy as possible. I can have an awesome time with my friends without alcohol. Some people feel they need it to loosen up, but in reality, you just need time to be comfortable in your own skin.
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