Monday, February 22, 2010

The Champions' Way

While we’re talking about the Olympics (see previous post on Clara Hughes), my column today in the Financial Post looks at another aspect of the Olympic experience: Life After the Games.

Roman Hatashita, a three-time Canadian judo champion who competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, today runs Hatashita International, which may be Canada’s biggest distributor of martial arts clothing and equipment. And he’s full of ideas for expanding web sales and moving into the U.S. market.

And he credits much of his success to the lessons he learned in his athletic training:
• Passion
• Identifying competitors' weaknesses
• Hard work
• Persistence

"You don't always win," says Hatashita. In sports, "you lose most of the time. It makes you stronger."

Read his complete story here.

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