Last year I had the opportunity to meet and have dinner with Gold Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno in New York. Apolo is an inspirational story as he was raised by a single parent father who straightened out a rebel and turned him into a world champion and 5-time Olympic Medalist.
The one thing I found interesting about Apolo was the great story about his relationship with his father. Skating set him straight and his father saw it as a way to keep him focused. Apolo told me that his continued dedication is how he pays his father back for helping to keep him straight and owes all his success to his father’s fortitude which served as a great example.
If you haven’t heard the story about how his father left him out in the remote wilderness to think about his life, you should read about Apolo’s life.
I sure wish Apolo good luck in 2010 in Vancouver!