Posted on February 24, 2010 10:48 PM

Apolo Anton Ohno easily advances

Apolo Anton Ohno placed first in his preliminary heat for the men's 500 meters, qualifying him for the quarterfinals on Friday. Ohno's time of 41.665 seconds was neither the fastest nor the slowest but more than enough for him to advance.

Of the three Americans in the event, Ohno and Simon Cho qualified, while Jordan Malone did not.

The quarters begin at 9 p.m. Friday night with Cho set to skate in the first heat against, among others, Canada's Charles Hamelin, who posted the second-fastest time in qualifying. Ohno, in the second heat, had the fastest preliminary heat time of any of his competitors in the quarterfinals.

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Posted on February 24, 2010 5:15 PM

Apolo Anton Ohno calm heading into 500 meters

Apolo Anton Ohno will return to the ice Wednesday at 8:47 p.m. for his preliminary heat in the 500 meters -- his first competition since the 1000 meters on Feb. 20, when he took bronze to become the most decorated American Winter Olympian.

Ohno's seventh career medal surpassed the six amassed by long-track speedskater Bonnie Blair during her career. It also removed some of the pressure placed upon Ohno during these Games as he heads into his final event in Vancouver.

Fans of short-track speedskating are in for a treat in the 500 meters because of its frenetic pace. Ohno has provided insight into the upcoming sprint on ice, as well as his mindset heading into the final days of competition.

Another day closer. Switching gears to prep for the sprints. The 500 is like playing craps...It will be fun
9:35 AM Feb 23rd via TweetDeck
4.5 laps. ~40 seconds in duration. 4-5 men on the starting line. Pure intensity and speed. It took "the perfect races" 4 me in Torino.
9:38 AM Feb 23rd via TweetDeck

From the sound of it, the 500 meters should be a shootout. However, Ohno's tweets today show a calm in stark contrast to the pace of his upcoming contest.

For example:

Here & now~ breathe & relax| 3 more days of a perfect Olympic Experience. Now? Just more icing on the cake :-) I live for these moments!

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Posted on February 13, 2010 11:03 PM

Apolo Anton Ohno wins 6th Olympic medal

Apolo Anton Ohno won silver in the short-track 1,500-meter speedskating final Saturday night, earning his sixth medal to tie Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history.

American J.R. Celski, 19, grabbed the bronze medal and Korea's Lee Jung-su took gold.

Read more here.

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Posted on February 13, 2010 3:24 PM

Ohno begins pursuit of history Saturday night

When short track speedskating begins Saturday night, Apolo Anton Ohno will try to become the most decorated Olympian in the history of this thrilling, high-speed sport. Ohno has five medals from Salt Lake City and Turin, and no one has ever won six.

Ohno also will be trying to tie the mark for the most medals ever by a U.S. Winter Olympian, and he'll have four chances in Vancouver to match and top Bonnie Blair, who won five golds and a bronze over her three Olympics.

Ohno has two golds, a silver and two bronze medals.

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Posted on February 7, 2010 11:42 PM

Ohno has 'grown before our eyes'

In a Seattle Times profile of Apolo Anton Ohno published last week, Ron Judd says Ohno -- who burst on the short-track speedskating scene at age 14 -- is no longer "a precocious inline-skate punk." Instead, at age 27, Ohno is a sort of Olympic ambassador, Judd writes.

Along with the change in perception, Ohno has changed his habits.

In his 13 years in the sport, Ohno has become an advanced student of short-track. He watches race tape like a football coach. He studies other teams' training regimens. He has soaked up all the sports-performance knowledge thrown his way in a decade of residence at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and used it to retool his body to compete with younger racers whose legs don't scream as loudly at the end of the day.
"I'm leaner than I've ever been, lighter than I've ever been," says Ohno, who lives in Seattle. "The other thing is, I love what I'm doing, more than I ever have in the past. I really do. This sport has not gotten any easier for me. In fact, it's gotten harder. But I love it."

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Posted on February 1, 2010 11:55 PM

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."

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About Apolo Anton Ohno

U.S. short track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno has a chance to become the all-time U.S. leader in Winter Olympics medals during the Vancouver Games. He has won five already -- a gold and a silver in 2002, and a gold and two bronzes in 2006. Two more and he'll pass Bonnie Blair and become the most decorated American Winter Olympian.

Ohno, 27, started speed skating in 1995, and in '97 he won the U.S.short-track championship. He missed the 1998 Games but has excelled since -- and he gained additional fame when he won "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC in 2007.


Short-Track Speed Skating

  • 1,500: Silver medal | Story
  • Feb. 17, 8:25 p.m.: 1,000
  • Feb. 17, 9:30 p.m.: 5,000 relay
  • Feb. 24, 8:30 p.m.: 500
Johnny Weir
Scenes from Ohno's speedskating career
Ohno and Julianne Hough dance the rumba
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