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All Quotes by author - Apolo Ohno
" An Olympic pursuit really takes a full three to four years of Olympic preparation. "
" 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. "
" Champions all get kicked when they're down. "
" 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? "
" I believe my father has and always will be the strongest influence in my life, as he has guided me on many paths. "
" I love to shop. Clothes, electronics, and I love jewelry, especially yellow gold. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I've always liked game shows - the competitive aspect and the character-driven personalities you see. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" My mantra has always been to have zero regrets in life. Everything I do at one speed, I go all-out. "
" 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. "
" Olympic athletes have to find a job right after they're done competing. "
" One things guys have to remember is consistency... You can't make up for three years of eating poorly in just one workout. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
Make It Happen
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Who cares if somebody dances better? Doing my very best is rewarding internally. "
" 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. "
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