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A Journey: The Autobiography of Apolo Anton Ohno

A Journey: The Autobiography of Apolo Anton Ohno

by Apolo Anton Ohno, Nancy Ann Richardson, Nancy Ann Richardson
I honestly don't know what battles I'm going to face next, only that I have the spirit and the will to face anything and fight for my sport and for what I believe is right. I'll give 110 percent and still dig down deeper for more.

Apolo Anton Ohno won both a gold and a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Games and became an instant hero.


I honestly don't know what battles I'm going to face next, only that I have the spirit and the will to face anything and fight for my sport and for what I believe is right. I'll give 110 percent and still dig down deeper for more.

Apolo Anton Ohno won both a gold and a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Games and became an instant hero. But his Olympic victory represents just one moment of his incredible, and continuing journey.

From an early age, his father, Yuki, recognized Apolo's natural abilities and made it his mission to help his son live up to his potential. But getting Apolo to follow through on his opportunities wasn't always easy. Like many kids, Apolo struggled to balance his energetic and fiercely competitive nature with his desire for independence and freedom.

And even as he succeeded on the ice, he felt the loneliness that comes with being at the top. Amid the pain, the fear, the uncertainty, Apolo asked himself again and again, Why am I doing this? And the answer came to him: He truly loved to skate. So with laser-sharp focus he pursued his number-one goal: to become a great athlete.

From his personal struggles to his unwavering commitment and ambition, Apolo Anton Ohno is a true example of courage. He has battled his personal demons, toppled physical barriers, and clawed his way to the top -- but even now he does not rest. Always, he looks within himself to hear his strongest critic, to face his fiercest competitor. And always, he continues to strive to be the best -- not just for his team, not just for his country -- but also for himself. And that is what makes Apolo Anton Ohno a true champion. This is his story.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Ohno, an Olympic gold medalist for short track speed skating, may have been one of the hottest stars of the 2002 Winter Games, but this disjointed, poorly executed account of his career may leave readers cold. At the outset of his journey, 19-year-old Ohno gushes about some of his idols-Lance Armstrong, Muhammad Ali-and confesses his hope that he can become a similarly positive role model for kids. But the narrative, as it chronicles Ohno's rise to an elite level in athletics, is rambling and often repetitious-paragraphs from the prologue are reproduced verbatim later in the book, without apparent reason; Ohno's frequent praise of his father and supportive friends, doctors and coaches takes on the enumerative quality of many award-acceptance speeches. Many teens will relate to Ohno's personal struggles as well as his rebellious attitude and to the clashes he has had with authority on the road to greatness. But unfortunately, the co-authors fail to convey much realistic emotion nor do they capture the you-are-there excitement of this fast-paced sport. Includes an eight-page inset of color photos. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) FYI: Also available from the same publisher is a scrapbook approach for younger fans, All About Apolo! by Joe Layden, with a selection of snapshots from Ohno family albums. (S&S/Aladdin, $5.99 paper 32p ages 9-14 ISBN 0-689-85610-5; Aug.)
Olympic medallist Ohno recounts the many ups and downs of his adolescent years as he defied convention to master a sport, doing it his way. Through sheer determination and mind-numbing workouts, he skyrocketed up the ranks of short track skating while also facing many personal demons. Ohno's "single-dad" father sacrificed for years to finance training camps and trips to regional tournaments, wanting just to be there for his son, even through the bouts with rebellion and bad attitude. Ohno endured poor coaching, loneliness, a recurring flu, and back injuries on his way to the top. This book has a lot going for it. It provides an excellent descriptive account of the sport, its strategies and dangers. It is also reflective of Ohno's offhand style, full of teen lingo, boasting, and sports-related clichés, such as "giving 110%." Ohno is a likeable subject, and readers will appreciate his honesty about his worst times, his dedication to the sport, and his personal quest for a spiritual side. Richardson also assisted Monica Seles, Shannon Miller, and several other sports figures in their biographies. The breezy style and blow-by-blow descriptions of fierce competition and controversies surrounding the Olympic games will appeal to all sports fans. Photos. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Simon & Schuster, 160p,
— Kevin Beach
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This autobiography of the youngest U.S. athlete to win a World Cup is engaging, informative, and well written. The opening chapter begins with Ohno's bout with the flu four days before the Salt Lake City Olympics, and with him wondering how he is going to be able to compete. He then describes the competitions and events on his journey to his success, his determination and motivation, and the key people who helped to shape his life and his work ethic. He talks about the setbacks-serious injuries, people who did not have his best interests in mind-before bringing the story full circle back to the 2002 Olympics, where he won a gold medal for short track skating. The tone throughout is informal and casual. Eight pages of good-quality, color photographs show Ohno at various stages in his life. Readers interested in skating and sports competition, and those looking for true success stories, will enjoy this account of one young man's failures, challenges, and successes.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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