Speed Skates / Apolo Ohno
The speed skates worn by Apolo Ohno (in gold and silver) during the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, Seen in the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
Apolo Anton Ohno (pronounced /əˈpɒloʊ ˈæntɒn ˈoʊnoʊ/; born May 22, 1982) is an American short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist (two gold, two silver, four bronze) in the Winter Olympics. He is the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time.
Ohno is one of only four Americans who have won three medals in a single Winter Olympic games. He has been the reigning United States champion since 2001 and has won the men's national title a total of 12 times. 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. In 2008, Ohno won his first overall World Championship title.
He was the United States Olympic Committee's Male Athlete of the Month in October 2003 and March 2008. He was named 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.
He also competed in and won the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars in 2007.
Ohno has an interest in being a philanthropist. Besides working with The Salvation Army and the Clothes off our Back Foundations, he used his fame to helped raise funds for a Ronald McDonald House in Seattle after the 2002 Winter Games. He helped raise $20,000 for Nikkei Concerns, a provider of care and services for Japanese elders living in the Pacific Northwest. Later that year, Ohno joined Senator Ted Kennedy in Washington, D.C. to show the importance of math and science education by helping launch the "Math Moves U Hippest Homework Happening" program, which gave students the opportunity to do math homework online with celebrities and athletes.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Apolo Anton Ohno held up eight fingers, smiled and basked in the cheers from the crowd on the final night of his so-called "home" Olympics.
The 27-year-old short track skater from Seattle – just a few hours away from the games – bounced back from a disqualification in the 500 meters Friday night to anchor the United States to a bronze medal in the 5,000 relay.
Ohno claimed his eighth Olympic medal to extend his own record as the most decorated short track skater and U.S. Winter Olympian.
"Wow!!! 8!!!!!" he tweeted a few hours after leaving Pacific Coliseum. "And to share it with the team makes it even more special! Yesss!! What an epic journey!!"