Apolo Ohno
Speed skater
Apolo Ohno
Apolo Anton Ohno is an American short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist in the Winter Olympics. He is the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time. Raised by his father, Ohno began training full-time in 1996. He has been the face of short track in the United States since winning his medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics. At the age of 14, he became the youngest U.S.
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How Did NBC Do In The Opening Ceremony? Here's One Review
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Highlights from coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics: BRAIN POWER: New Yorker editor David Remnick was an inspired choice to join Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira in the booth for NBC's coverage of the opening ceremony. He has a deep knowledge of and respect for Russian history and was able to explain how the nuances of the production related to the political and literary traditions. Small touches, like explaining how a musical interlude recalled the opening music of the Soviet-era nightly newscast, were fascinating. Just as important, he didn't back away from pointing out aspects of history that were skipped over. MALFUNCTIONING SNOWFLAKE: When a giant snowflake failed to morph into one of the Olympic rings early in the ceremony, Russian TV viewers didn't see it. Producers quickly switched to a rehearsal tape where it did work. NBC neither ignored reality nor lingered on the glitch. "This is what happens when you're this ambitious on a show like this," Lauer said. "That's too bad." ...
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U.S. short-track speedskaters have taken bumpy path to Sochi Olympics
LATimes - about 3 years
The U.S. short-track speedskating team has been rocked by a skate-tampering scandal and allegations that its former head coach was abusive. The team also no longer has top skaters Apolo Ohno and Katherine Reutter. In May, a bland hotel conference room near Salt Lake City was transformed into a sparkling wonderland with white drapes lining the walls, silver streamers as table centerpieces and sleek speedskating skin suits on display. The scene suggested the Grammys, not the annual awards dinner for U.S. Speedskating.     
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How America's Most Successful Winter Olympics Athlete Almost Ruined His Career
Business Insider - about 3 years
// <![CDATA[ OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'BmaHR0MTqFYORngEe9BNmDUzsyzOT2wp', {"autoplay":true}); }); // ]]><div>Please enable Javascript to watch this video</div>   At just 14 years old, Apolo Ohno became the number one speed skater in the country after winning his first national championship. A year later, however, Ohno lacked the same preparation and drive to win during the 1998 Olympic trials. "I didn't put forth 100% of myself," Ohno told us. "Maybe 30%." Apolo Ohno ended up placing last in those trials, and the young speed skater had to decide whether or not the sport was something he wanted to pursue. We interviewed Ohno a couple of years ago, but we decided to bring back his timeless story and advice in light of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. Ohno, who with eight medals is the most decorated Winter Olympics U.S. athlete of all time, is retired from competing in short-track speed skating professionally. ...
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Newly retired Apolo Ohno to work in TV at Olympics
Yahoo News - over 3 years
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Apolo Anton Ohno is hanging up his skates to join NBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
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Sneak Peek At Century 21 Super Bowl Spot (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Weddings are expensive. Century 21 spent about $4 million on the one above. For its only in-game Super Bowl commercial, the real estate agency tackles marriage and its impact on home-buying. A groom swoons at the prospect of living with his cloying mother-in-law. Luckily, an agent is present to help everyone live happily ever after. The real estate agency features four game-day spots for its “Is there a CENTURY 21® Agent in the house?” series, all highlighting life milestones that can be enhanced by finding the right agent. "Wedding" was the only one to make the starting lineup and will air in the third quarter, the company said in a release. Last year, Century 21 made its big-game debut (see below) with an ad featuring a Century 21 agent outperforming Donald Trump, Deion Sanders and Apolo Ohno, to reinforce the company's "Smarter. Bolder. Faster." motto. Spots for this game are averaging $4 million for 30 seconds -- $500,000 more than the previous Super Bowl, acc ...
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Apolo Ohno, Emmitt Smith Voted Off 'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' in Semifinals
ABC News - over 4 years
Emmitt Smith and Apolo Ohno, who both won their respective seasons of “Dancing With the Stars,”  were voted off “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” tonight – just one week shy of the finals. Ohno’s results were announced at the show’s halfway mark, and the ballroom...
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Brenna Weingus: 'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Threesomes For All
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Veteran's Day brought out the patriotic side on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" and allowed the seven remaining couples to show off their skills in two routines each. With the upcoming double elimination, the pressure was on for the contestants to give it their all and perform to the fullest. Each couple performed their standard couple routine, but additionally, each was thrown another professional dancer to create a trio performance, making for some very interesting dynamics and unique routines. With the competition heating up, even the judges seemed to be cracking under the pressure. Almost every routine left the judges split and tensions were running high. So who managed to shine? And whose performance was lackluster? Find out below. THE DANCE OF THE NIGHT: var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=517537710&height=375&width=600&sid=577&videoGroupID=138596&relatedNumOfResults=100&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeig ...
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Brenna Weingus: 'Dancing With The Stars': Shawn Johnson And Mark Ballas Stole The Show During Fusion Week
Huffington Post - over 4 years
After last week's shocking elimination that sent Sabrina packing after earning a perfect thirty, all of the all-stars were on edge and no one felt safe. Due to the election, however, all of the contestants actually were safe this week because there will be no elimination episode (next week will be a double elimination). With the comfort of at least one more week on the stage, the dancers were all able to get creative with their dances. This week's episode was fusion-themed and asked the dancers to combine two very different styles of dance, making for some confusing routines and even more confused dancers. Additionally, "Dancing with the Stars," always current and socially aware, created their own version of negative political ads, with all the all-stars campaigning for the mirrorball trophy (they were actually pretty funny!). So who's the favorite to win? And whose campaign is falling short? Find out below. THE DANCES OF THE NIGHT: var src_url="http://pshared.5min.c ...
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Apolo Ohno: I'm Confident We Can Make It to <em>DWTS</em> Finals
People Magazine - over 4 years
PEOPLE's blogger says he and partner Karina Smirnoff have "momentum"
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Brenna Weingus: An Emotional Night On 'Dancing With The Stars'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
October 29 was Country Night on "Dancing with the Stars" and the all-stars hit the stage with their own personal interpretations of country classics. If you were expecting to see a hoe down or square dance, think again. "DWTS" decided to stick with more traditional ballroom routines but set them to country songs, creating some slightly confused performances and interesting genre fusions. And in case you were wondering, yes, there was a foxtrot set to Dolly Parton, which isn't something you see everyday. Additionally, each all-star got the chance to shine with a brief solo in their performance that showcased their personal talent and growth. But all 8 couples came together for a group routine that not only showed off their skills as a group, but also created a little friendly competition. The judges awarded the couple who they found the most entertaining with two extra points, and with the competition getting more and more heated by the day, all of the pairs were desperate ...
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Brenna Weingus: 'DWTS' Recap: Carrie Ann Takes A Tumble
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
The performances were not the highlight of the latest episode of "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars." Instead, it was judge Carrie Ann Inaba's literal fall for Gilles Marini's rumba. But was it worthy of such an over-the-top reaction? var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=517514657&amp;height=375&amp;width=600&amp;sid=577&amp;videoGroupID=138596&amp;relatedNumOfResults=100&amp;relatedMode=2&amp;relatedBottomHeight=60&amp;companionPos=&amp;hasCompanion=false&amp;autoStart=true&amp;colorPallet=%23ff0000&amp;videoControlDisplayColor=%23ff0000&amp;shuffle=0&amp;continuous=true"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&amp;siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&amp;sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('&lt;scr' + 'ipt type="text/javascript" src="'+src_url+'"&gt;&lt;/scr' + 'ipt&gt;'); Marini was one half of only four couples who performed during Night ...
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Dancing with the Stars: Did Karina Smirnoff's Slip Send Her &amp; Apolo Ohno Home?
People Magazine - over 4 years
The pair's hip-hop routine resulted in tears and one of the lower scores on Monday night
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<em>DWTS</em>: Did Karina Smirnoff's Slip Send Her &amp; Apolo Ohno Home?
People Magazine - over 4 years
The pair's hip-hop routine resulted in tears and one of the lower scores on Monday night
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Brenna Weingus: 'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Paula Abdul Judges, Karina Smirnoff Cries
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
With just nine couples left, the competition is starting to get fierce on "Dancing with the Stars: All-stars." This week. the pressure was further intensified with new and exciting dance styles thrown into the mix (think Bollywood and hip-hop) and, of course, the addition of guest judge Paula Abdul. Paula fit right in on the panel (she really does work well next to aggressive British men) and made for the most exciting episode of the season yet. The couples didn't hold back and tackled their routines with all the ferocity of a true all-star. So which couples rose to the occasion? And who fell short? Find out below. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=517508576&amp;height=375&amp;width=600&amp;sid=577&amp;videoGroupID=138596&amp;relatedNumOfResults=100&amp;relatedMode=2&amp;relatedBottomHeight=60&amp;companionPos=&amp;hasCompanion=false&amp;autoStart=true&amp;colorPallet=%23ff0000&amp;videoControlDisplayColor=%23ff0000&amp;shuffle=0&amp;co ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Apolo Ohno
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 33
    In 2016, Ohno appeared as a guest star on Hollywood Game Night hosted by Jane Lynch on NBC.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2014 Ohno sponsored a speedskating race in Salt Lake City, UT that featured the four top men and women skaters from the US, China, Canada and the Netherlands. It aired on NBCSN on 21 November 2014 at 10:00 pm EST.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    In 2015, Ohno appeared as a live guest during the season finale of NBC's live variety show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    In 2013, Ohno appeared as the character "Stone" in the Syfy Original Movie Tasmanian Devils, as well as the host of GSN's Minute to Win It.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    In 2012, Ohno appeared as a guest star in the 17th episode of the 2nd season of Hawaii Five-0, as a suspect.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a guest appearance on The Biggest Loser in Season 12, Episode 9 and Season 15, Episode 12.
    In July 2012, it was announced Ohno would return for the all-star fifteenth season for a second chance to win the mirrorball trophy; this time he was paired with Season 13 champion professional Karina Smirnoff.
    More Details Hide Details They were voted off during the ninth week of the competition.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    He was also part of Oreo's Team DSRL sketch in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 27
    Ohno did not wear the logo because Alaska Airlines was his primary sponsor for the 2010 Games.
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    Capitalizing on Ohno's fame, Alaska Airlines were his primary sponsor for the 2010 Winter Games and designed a Boeing 737–800 jet with his image on the side.
    More Details Hide Details He was critical of the leaders of the U.S. Speedskating Organization when a donation of $250,000 was raised by viewers of the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report for the organization after their largest commercial sponsor, the Dutch DSB Bank, declared bankruptcy and was unable to donate its $300,000 in November 2009. In an email to Time, he wrote it was "a bit embarrassing that our leadership couldn't secure other sponsors three months before the Olympic Games" but credited the show's host Stephen Colbert for "his willingness to help out our nation's greatest athletes". In return for The Colbert Report donation, long track and short track skaters had the "Colbert Nation" logo on their uniforms for World Cup events leading up to the 2010 Winter Games.
    Furthering his goal of promoting healthier food choices and working with the endorsement of the Washington State Potato Commission, he will be working on a cookbook with top Seattle chefs in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He has an interest in pursuing a career in the entertainment world. He participated and won the fourth season of the U.S. reality show Dancing with the Stars. He returned for the 15th Season which features all-star celebrities. Ohno's interests in fashion led him to be a guest judge on the fashion reality show Project Runway in 2008, and to an endorsement deal with Omega, the maker of luxury watches, in 2010. Omega President Stephen Urquhart said, "We are very proud to support Apolo here in Vancouver and congratulate him on his outstanding performance. He is poised to make history of his own here and we are thrilled that he is part of the Omega family". He also appeared on Minute to Win It as the host of the GSN revival in 2013 since he is a fan of the show.
    After the 2010 Winter Games, he created the Apolo Anton Ohno Foundation and partnered with the Century Council's Ask, Listen, Learn Program to discourage underage drinking of alcohol and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
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    Believing in healthy eating habits, Ohno worked with his training coach John Schaeffer during preparations for the 2010 Winter Games to develop a nutritional supplement business called 8 Zone.
    More Details Hide Details The supplements consist of eight-hour segments where a dose is administered. He hopes this business will be able to be a sponsor for future Olympic Games.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    Heading into the 1000 m final, Ohno had won the overall silver medal for the 1000 m during the 2009–10 World Cup by competing in three of the four competitions during the season.
    More Details Hide Details During the finals of the 1000 m, Ohno finished in third place, making a comeback from a slip with less than three laps remaining. With the bronze medal win, he became the most decorated American athlete ever at the Winter Games with seven career medals. Bonnie Blair, the former record holder, said she was happy for his accomplishment, adding: "It's a great feat for him, U.S. speedskating, and the United States of America. We hope that more kids will see his accomplishments and want to try our great sport that has been so good to us and taught us so much about what it takes to be successful in life." In the 500 m final, Ohno finished the race in second place behind Canada's Charles Hamelin. However, he was disqualified after impeding François-Louis Tremblay of Canada around the final turn. The silver medal went to Sung Si-Bak, with Tremblay taking the bronze.
    During the U.S. Olympic Trials held September 8–12, 2009, in Marquette, Michigan, Ohno won the overall meet title and defended his national title.
    More Details Hide Details He won the finals during the 500 m, 1000 m, and 1500 m races. However, during the 1000 m time trial, Ohno came in second to J. R. Celski despite skating a personal best of 1:24.500 to Celski's personal best of 1:23.981. Celski, who finished second overall and was leading in points after the first two nights of the trials, was injured during a crash in the semifinals of the 1000 m race when his right skate sliced into his left leg; he did not skate in the 1000 m finals. Ohno had a narrow victory in the 500 m, beating out the silver place finisher Jeff Simon by only .039 of a second. Ohno, Celski, Jordan Malone, Travis Jayner, and Simon Cho were the top five finishers at the trials. Afterwards, Ohno said of the nominated team: "This is the strongest team we've ever had. I feel really good about how we will do in the next Olympics."
    Unable to defend his championship, he finished fifth in the overall rankings at the 2009 World Championships in Vienna, Austria, placing second at the 1000 m, and winning gold with the 5000 m relay team.
    More Details Hide Details In preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ohno lost over 9 kilograms (20 pounds) of weight from when he appeared at the 2002 Winter Games. He went down to a 65.7 kg (145 lb) bodyframe and a 2.5% Body fat percentage enduring a 5-month 3-a-day training program combined with a strict nutritional program. As a result, he could lift double the weight he could before the training. With respect to his training regimen, Ohno said: "Come these Games, there's no one who's going to be fitter than me. There's just no way. Whether I can put it together on the ice or not and feel good, that's a different story. But I know, from a physical training standpoint, nobody's even close... I've never prepared like this in my life — for anything. I want to leave nothing on the table."
    In 2009, he won his 10th national title and qualified for the world team.
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  • 2008
    Age 25
    At the 2008 World Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, Ohno won his first overall title, placing first place in the 500 m, second in the 1000 m, and third place in the 3000 m.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated South Koreans Lee Ho-Suk, silver medalist and Song Kyung-Taek who finished third in points.
    He won his first overall World Championship title at the 2008 championships.
    More Details Hide Details Ohno's accolades and accomplishments include being the United States Olympic Committee's Male Athlete of the Month in October 2003 and March 2008, the U.S. Speedskating's Athlete of the Year for 2003, and was a 2002, 2003 and 2006 finalist for the Sullivan Award, which recognizes the best amateur athlete in the United States. Since gaining recognition through his sport, Ohno has worked as a motivational speaker, philanthropist, started a nutritional supplement business called 8 Zone, and in 2007, competed on and won the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. Ohno later became host of a revival of Minute to Win It on Game Show Network and served as a commentator for NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Ohno was born in Seattle, Washington, to a Japanese-born father, and a European American mother, Jerrie Lee. He attended Saghalie Middle School in Federal Way. Ohno's parents divorced when he was an infant, and he was raised in Seattle by his father. He has had little contact with his biological mother and as of 2002 had expressed no interest in knowing her or his older half-brother. Ohno's father, a hair stylist and owner of the salon Yuki's Diffusion, often worked 12-hour shifts, and with no family in the United States, found it hard to balance career and family. His father chose to name his son Apolo after the Greek words apo, which means to "steer away from" and lo, which means "look out; here he comes."
  • 2007
    Age 24
    The dancing duo became finalists in the competition, and went on to become the champions in May 2007.
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    On April 26, 2007, he was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame, an award which honors achievements of Asian Americans.
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    On December 24, 2007, in Kearns, Utah, Ohno won his ninth national title, finishing first in the 1000 m and the 1500 m.
    More Details Hide Details He also finished first in the 500 m, but was disqualified for crosstracking. In the 3000 m, he finished second.
    From March 9–11, 2007, he competed at the 2007 World Championships held in Milan, Italy, winning gold in the 1500 m due to the disqualification of Song Kyung-Taek, who had blocked a passing attempt made by Ohno.
    More Details Hide Details He won bronze in the 1000 m, 3000 m, and the 5000 m relay with teammates, Jordan Malone, Travis Jayner, and Ryan Bedford. Because of his wins, he became the overall bronze medalist, behind silver medalist Charles Hamelin and Ahn Hyun Soo, who became the first man to become a five-time World Champion.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    Taking a year off from competitive skating when the 2006 Winter Olympics ended, Ohno returned to win his eighth national title, placing first in every event during the U.S. Championships held from February 23–25, 2007.
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    In the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Ohno stumbled during a semifinal heat in the 1500 m.
    More Details Hide Details Finishing fifth, he was unable to defend his 2002 gold medal in the event. Ohno was able to win the bronze medal in the 1000 m, with Korean skaters Ahn Hyun Soo and Lee Ho-suk finishing before him. After two false starts from other skaters, Ohno won gold in the 500 m when he took the lead with an explosive start and held it until the finish. Despite criticism that he appeared to move before the start, a violation of the rules, the race start was validated by the officials. Afterward, Ohno said, "I was in the moment at the time. I thought I timed the start just perfect. The starter had been pretty quick all day, so that's why there were so many false starts at the beginning. But that was really good for me." On the same day as his 500 m gold win, he earned a bronze medal in the men's 5000 m relay, with an inside pass on Italian skater Nicola Rodigari on the final leg to put the United States in third position. Later, during the medals ceremony for the event, the winning South Korean team and the Americans embraced, followed by a group picture featuring the medalists.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    At the 2005 World Championships, he finished second overall, winning the 1000 m and 3000 m races.
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    He was unable to defend his World Cup title from the previous three seasons, finishing third in the 2005–2006 overall standings.
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    At the first event of the 2005 World Cup event in China, Ohno severely sprained his ankle and withdrew from the event. At the second event in South Korea, an estimated 100 riot police stood guard at Incheon International Airport to prevent harm from happening to Ohno. Their concern stemmed from a possible lingering negative reaction from the 2002 Olympic Games disqualification controversy.
    More Details Hide Details Ohno won two gold medals, as well as the overall title at the meet despite suffering from a severe stomach illness, and was surprised when the Korean crowd cheered his victories, saying, "I was really happy with the crowd's reaction. It was pretty positive right from the time we landed. I was really happy it wasn't (hostile). Everything went really smooth. We were happy."
  • 2004
    Age 21
    He continued his dominance by winning the World Cup title again in the 2004–2005 season.
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  • 2003
    Age 20
    Despite the absence, he successfully defended his World Cup title during the 2003 season.
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    He declined to participate in a 2003 World Cup short-track event in Korea for security reasons.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2002
    Age 19
    Ohno continued to perform well in the sport after the 2002 Winter Games.
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    The controversy continued at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, held jointly in South Korea and Japan several months after the Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details When the South Korean football (soccer) team scored a goal against the U.S. team, Korean players Ahn Jung-Hwan and Lee Chun-Soo made an exaggerated move imitating the move Ohno had made during the speed skating event to indicate the other athlete had drifted into his lane.
    At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ohno emerged as the face of short-track speed skating among American fans.
    More Details Hide Details He was a medalist in two events but there was controversy associated with the results. After a disqualification in the 500 m race, he was leading the skaters in the 1000 m race. During a turn around the final corner, Ohno, Ahn Hyun Soo, Li Jiajun and Mathieu Turcotte all fell in a series of collisions. The last man standing was Steven Bradbury from Australia, who was trailing behind at the time, and skated through to win the gold medal, becoming the first person from the southern hemisphere to win a gold medal at a Winter Olympics. Ohno quickly got to his feet and crossed the finish line to win silver with Turcotte winning the bronze. Ohno, coincidentally was wearing skates, made by Bradbury's own boot company, Revolutionary Boot Company. Bradbury had given them to Ohno, expecting for Ohno to win wearing them. Rather than the other way around.
  • 2000
    Age 17
    In the 2000–2001 season, Ohno won his first World Cup overall title, regained his National title, and finished second overall in the World Championships, losing to Chinese skater Li Jiajun.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2001, during the U.S. Short Track Speed Skating 2002 Olympic Trials, speed skater Shani Davis was racing for a position on the short track team. Ohno and fellow skater Rusty Smith had already earned slots on the six-man team due to points earned from earlier races. In order for Davis to qualify, he had to place first in the final race—the 1000 m—by overcoming stronger skaters Ohno, Smith, and Ron Biondo. Since Ohno had been dominant in the meet to this point by winning every race he entered, a win by Davis seemed to be unlikely. Though Ohno, Smith and Biondo were heavily favored to win the 1000 m, the race ended with Ohno finishing third, Smith second, and Davis at the top of the podium. Prior to crossing the finish line, Ohno started celebrating for Davis and Smith. Davis' first-place finish earned enough points to move past Tommy O'Hare in the final point standings and to qualify for sixth place. By finishing second, Smith earned the opportunity to skate individually in the 1000 m. The victory celebration was short-lived as rumors began that Ohno and Smith, both good friends of Davis, intentionally threw the race so Davis would win.
    At the 2000 World Championships, Ohno finished ninth overall.
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    At the 2000 U.S. Championships, Ohno was unable to defend his title and finished third overall.
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  • 1999
    Age 16
    He finished fourth overall at the 1999 World Championships and earned a silver medal in the 500 m.
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    He won his second senior U.S. national championship in 1999.
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    At the 1999 World Junior Championships, Ohno won first overall, placing first in the 1000 m and 1500 m, and winning silver in the 500 m.
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  • 1997
    Age 14
    He did not train from April to August 1997, so he gained weight and was ill-prepared for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, he finished last in the Olympic trials and did not qualify for the Olympic team. Because of his losses at the World Championships and his failure to qualify for the Olympic team, Ohno recommitted himself to the sport and returned to junior-level skating at Lake Placid, rather than at Colorado Springs.
    However, Ohno would struggle at the 1997 World Championships in Nagano, Japan, finishing 19th overall.
    More Details Hide Details After this disappointing defeat at his first appearance at a world championships, Ohno returned home to Seattle.
    Ohno adjusted his training and made a comeback winning the 1997 U.S. Senior Championships overall title, taking a gold medal in the 1500 m, a silver in the 300 m, and came in fourth in the 500 m races.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 14, he became the youngest person to win the title. Ohno then relocated to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center to begin training with the senior level skaters, despite being only 14 years old.
    At first, Ohno's commitment at Lake Placid was low until his teammates nicknamed him "Chunky", which motivated him to train harder. In January, he failed to make the 1997 U.S. Junior World Team.
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    At the age of 14, he became the youngest U.S. national champion in 1997 and was the reigning champion from 2001–2009, winning the title a total of 12 times.
    More Details Hide Details In December 1999, he became the youngest skater to win a World Cup event title, and became the first American to win a World Cup overall title in 2001, which he won again in 2003 and 2005.
  • 1996
    Age 13
    His father wanted to encourage Ohno to develop his skills and, although Ohno was underage, he got him admitted to the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center in 1996 to train full-time for short track.
    More Details Hide Details At 13 years of age, Ohno was the youngest skater admitted to the center.
  • 1994
    Age 11
    When he was 12 years old, Ohno became interested in short track speed skating after seeing the sport during the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer.
    More Details Hide Details His father capitalized on this interest by driving him to short track competitions throughout the northwest United States and Canada, and Ohno won several competitions in his age divisions.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Born on May 22, 1982.
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