The versatile Apolo Anton Ohno effortlessly skates and dances into not only my blog today in the same fashion he easily captured the #2 spot in my book Olympic Favorites.
The popular Ohno rose quickly as an American sports and cultural celebrity.
He displayed excellence on the ice and surprised us with fancy footwork on the dance floor.
Apolo Ohno Becomes Youngest Skating Champion
In 1997, Apolo Ohno became the youngest United States national short track speed skating champion. He was just 14 years old. Ohno proceeded to win this same American skating championship title an incredible 12 consecutive times.
The 5’8” and 134 lb. Ohno emerged on the international skating scene by winning the 1999 World Cup. Since 1999, he has accumulated 8 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals in the World Championships. His 2008 gold medal was for overall performance.
Apolo Ohno’s Olympic success started in 2002 in Salt Lake City where he brought home the gold in the 1500 meter race and the silver in the 1000 meter race.
In 2006 at the Torino Games, Ohno continued his excellence in the sport. He won a gold medal in the 800 meter race and collected bronze medals in the 1000 meter and 1500 meter relays.
In the Vancouver Games that followed, Apolo Ohno skated to a silver medal finish in the 1500 meters and won two more bronze medals in relay races. His overall medal count rose to eight, making him the USA’s most successful Winter Olympian of all time.
From Olympic Ice to Dancing with the Stars
The handsome and likable skater parlayed his athletic success by competing on the 2007 season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Paired with professional dancer Julianne Hough, Ohno added the coveted DWTS Mirror Ball Trophy to his already extensive collection of glittering awards.
In addition to winning the DWTS award, Ohno endeared himself to an adoring American public which embraced him as a sports and cultural celebrity.
It’s easy to understand why the famously successful Winter Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno skates into today’s #TBT post.
Here’s hoping the next Winter Olympics Games produce another gifted and likeable athlete like Ohno who could not just skate, ski, luge, sled and jump like a gold medal winner, but also who could eventually dance like a DWTS winner.
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