Apolo Anton Ohno is an eight-time Winter Olympic medalist and former short track speed skating athlete from the United States. Ohno was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame, and this was his achievement of all time.
|Full Name||Apolo Anton Ohno|
|Birth Date||22 May 1982|
|Birth Place||Washington, United States|
|Profession||Skater / Olympian|
|Life & Career|
Yuki Ohno and Jerrie Lee gave birth to Apolo Ohno on May 22, 1982 in Seattle, Washington. His parents picked the name Apolo from the Greek words, which mean look out, here he comes. Apolo’s parents split when he was a newborn, and he was raised by his father in Seattle, with minimal contact with his real mother.
His father worked as a hairdresser and operated Yuki’s Diffusion salon, sometimes working 12-hour days and having no relatives in the United States. As a result, when Apolo was 6 years old, his father enrolled him in competitive swimming and quad speed roller skating classes. He spent his days swimming in the mornings, then going to school and skating in the afternoons.
Ohno was the youngest member ever admitted to the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center to practice full-time for short track speed skating when he was 13 years old. He made a return after missing out on the 1997 Junior World Team, winning the 1997 Senior Championships overall and the gold medal in the 1500 meter event. At the age of 14, Ohno was the youngest person to win the championship.
As a result of his training slip/gap, he was underprepared for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. He came in last in the trials and did not make the Olympic team that year. Ohno recommitted himself to the sport and returned to Lake Placid for junior-level training. At the 1999 World Junior Championships, he finished 1st overall, and at the 2000 World Championships, he finished eighth overall.
Ohno qualified for the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 and soon became a favorite among American fans. Since making his Olympic debut in the 2002 Games, Ohno has proven to be a hugely popular racer as well as a controversial one.
Ohno won 2 gold medals in the 2005 World Championships and place 2nd overall. Ohno went on to win a gold and a bronze medal at the 2006 Olympic Games in Italy. Ohno was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, when he was paired with Julianne Hough. Together, they won the top prize and were crowned season 4 winners.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Ohno is a committed philanthropist who supports a number of charities, including Product Red, which works to combat the spread of diseases in Africa. He’s utilized his celebrity to help organizations such as The Salvation Army and the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, as well as raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle.
He helped Nikkei Concerns earn $20k and teamed up with Senator Ted Kennedy to develop the Math Moves Homework Happening campaign, which emphasizes the significance of math and science in school.
There is not much history available as to the dating of Ohno, however, he is engaged to a beautiful woman named Bianca Stam. Bianca is an actress and she is passionate about her work. The two of them make a hit chemistry and loving couple.
Apolo Ohno, the speed skater, has a net worth of $10 million. The main source of his income is his profession of skating and participation in the Olympics.
Ohno has been able to sign a variety of lucrative endorsement deals with corporations such as Subway, General Electric, Coca-Cola, and others as a result of his success.