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Ohno and father: A drive to succeed

As Vicki Michaelis recounted in a recent USA Today profile of Apolo Anton Ohno, the speedskater spent most of his weekends during his childhood with his father, Yuki Ohno, in their Volkswagen, driving the three hours to short-track competitions in Vancouver.

Fifteen years later, Ohno will be competing in his third Winter Games, his father driving to watch in his Lexus SUV - a gift from his son. But both have a soft spot for those old, less comfortable drives.

The son remembers the trips as "good days, when you're young and you really don't know what's going on." His dad treasured the drives for the uninterrupted time they gave him with his preteen son.
"When you are with a kid in the car, they are virtually locked inside," [Yuki] says. "They just have to listen to you. It's a very, very valuable time."


By Coryn Connelly-Cabreros  |  February 1, 2010; 11:55 PM ET
Categories:  Apolo Anton Ohno , Short Track Speedskating  
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