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Apolo Ohno - Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Champion

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Apolo Anton Ohno

Apolo Anton Ohno at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

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Olympic Speed Skating Legend:

U.S. short track speed skater, Apolo Anton Ohno, won gold in short track speed skating events at both the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games. He also won a silver medal in Salt Lake City and two bronze medals in Torino. In 2010, in Vancouver, he also won a bronze medal. That made him the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete in history.

 

Date of Birth:

Apolo Anton Ohno was born on May 22, 1982.

Place of Birth:

Federal Way, Washington

Family:

Ohno was raised by his Japanese-born father, Yuki Ohno.

Childhood Interests:

When Apolo Ohno was a child, he got involved with competitive swimming and inline speed skating.

Early Speed Skating:

Ohno became interested in short track speed skating after the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. He won several speed skating competitions. In 1996, he was accepted to the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center short track speed skating program. Ohno then moved on to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.

1999 Junior World Speed Skating Champion:

Ohno became the Junior World Short Track Speed Skating Champion in 1999 when he placed first in the 1000 meter and 1500 meter, and won silver in the 500 meter events.

2002 Olympics:

At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Apolo Ohno became the most popular athlete among American fans. He was noticed for his cheerful attitude and style. During and after the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, Ohno became the face of American short track speed skating.

At that Olympics, he won gold in the 1500 meter and silver in the 1000 meter short track events.

 

2006 Olympics:

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, on the same day, Ohno won gold in the 500 meter and earned a bronze medal in the men's 5000 meter relay. He also won the bronze medal in the 1000 meter race.

Awards and Honors:

The speed skates Apolo Anton Ohno wore at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City are on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

In 2007, Ohno was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame.

Dancing With the Stars Champion:

In 2007, Ohno, with dancing partner Julianne Hough, won the Dancing With the Stars event.

 

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