Apolo Ohno is a Japanese American entrepreneur and TV personality known for his gold-medal-winning career as an Olympic speed skater. He grew up in Seattle with a single father, Yuki, who instilled strong self belief and motivation in him from a young age. His Japanese American cultural identity comes primarily from those values his father taught him.
WHERE AM I REALLY FROM?
“Sometimes people who ask that question have ill intent. They’re looking to isolate a singular moment in time—that person is not from the US or exporting this idea that you’re not from here or welcome here. I was always trying to figure out where I fit in. I wish I could show you my ninth-grade yearbook. All I wanted was to be accepted.”