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Timeline of Apolo Anton Ohno's Life

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Apolo at 2008 World Short Track Skating Championships in Gangneung, South Korea 1



Early Accomplishments

The world famous Apolo Anton Ohno has already accomplished many great feats during his relatively short lifespan. Prior to the start of Ohno’s career in speed-skating, he was recognized for his athleticism in other events. At the age of twelve, Apolo won the Washington state championship title for the breaststroke. He also won a national in-line skating championship. (Maxwell Pg. 65)

Short Track Speed Skating

When Apolo watched the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, he become interested the sport short track speed skating. With Apolo’s skill from in-line skating, he was able to quickly pick up the techniques of speed skating. After two years of skating, Apolo started to train with Pat Wetland at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. While in Lake Placid, Apolo rebelled during his rigorous training, skipping runs; this reflected in his poor performances. After not making the 1997 U.S. Junior World Team, Apolo jumped back on track and won his first National title at the U.S. Senior Championships with a fourth place finish in the 500 m, a silver medal in the 300 m and a gold medal in the 1500 m. Apolo was set to make the 1998 U.S. Olympic team, but finished 16th at the Olympic Trials. This great upset caused him to rethink his dedication to the sport. Apolo was strong-willed person and wasn’t going to quit, especially since he had not given a hundred percent while he trained. Apolo intensely trained for the 1999 World Junior Championships and won first in the 1000 m and 1500 m, and then silver in the 500 m. Later that year, Apolo won silver in the 500 m and finished fourth overall in the 1999 World Championships. During the next two years, Apolo finished ninth overall in the 2000 World Championships and third in the 2000 U.S. Championships. 2001 proved to be Apollo's breakout year, as he finished the World Championships in second place, won his first World Cup and National title. (Maxwell Pg. 69-72)

2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

Ohno entered Salt Lake as the face of US speedskating, carrying their hopes for a medal. Although he medaled in both the 1000m (silver) and 1500m (gold), they did not come without controversy. During the 1000m race, four racers collided coming around the final turn allowing Australian Steven Bradbury to win. Ohno crawled to the finish line. Ohno finished the 1500m race second, but was awarded gold after the South Korean (first place finisher) was disqualified for cross-tracking. This sparked a violent backlash from the South Korean community, so many e-mails were sent to the IOC that the server crashed. (Wikipedia.com)

After the Salt Lake Games, Ohno won the title of overall champion at the World Cup events in 2002-2003 and in 2004-2005. In the World Championships in 2005, he won the gold for the 1000 m and 3000 m events. But in the 2005-2006 World Cup standings, Ohno finished third and unable to defend his title.
(Wikipedia.com)

2006 Torino Winter Olympics

Apolo returned to the Olympics in Torin, Italy. Although unable to defend his gold medal in the 1500m, he was able to win gold in the 500m and bronze in the 1000m. The men's 5000m relay team went on to win bronze, and at the medal cermony, the South Korean and American teams embraced. (Wikipedia.com)

A year after the 2006 Winter Olympics, Apolo won his eighth national title at the U.S. Championships. Later that year, at the 2007 World Championships, Apolo won gold in the 1500 m and bronze in the 1000 m, 3000 m and the 5000 m relay. 2008 was another big year for Apolo with a first place finish overall at the 2008 World Championships with a medal in the 500 m, 1000 m, and 3000 m. In 2009, Apolo won his 10th national title and finished fifth at the 2009 World Championships with silver in the 1000m and a gold with the 5000 relay team.
(Wikipedia.com)

Apolo Ohno also competed on Dancing with the Star in 2007. Apolo and Julianne Hough, won the finale beating out Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson. (Wikipedia.com)


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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Although Ohno did not plan to compete in the 2010 Olympics, he felt it was fate that he did when he discovered they were in Vancouver. Ohno had began his speedskating career in Vancouver, so he saw it fitting for his career to come full circle. Ohno finished second in the 1500m after a crash between two South Korean racers (who were in 2nd and 3rd) and finished 3rd in the 1000m and 5000m relay. He was disqualified from the 500m for a push a Canadian skater. (nbcolympics.com)

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