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Apolo Anton Ohno Biography

Birth Place:
Seattle, Washington, United States
Short track speed skater

Fast Facts

  • Raised by his father, the owner of a hair salon, whom he credits for his success
  • Nicknamed "Chunky" as a kid because he was the stockiest on his roller skating team
  • In his early teens, was a national champion and record holder in in-line skating, and a state champion in swimming
  • Didn't compete in a 2003 World Cup event in South Korea after receiving death threats over his 2002 Olympic gold medal, which he received after a South Korean was disqualified
  • Wrote an autobiography in 2002 called A Journey
  • Tied with speed skater Eric Heiden as the only U
  • S
  • male to win five medals in the Winter Olympic Games
  • Participated in GAP's RED clothing line campaign to benefit AIDS in Africa
  • In 2007, was paired with dancer Julianne Hough in Season 4 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars; he competed in the Short Track World Championships until March 11, with the show debuting on March 19
  • The duo went on to win the dance competition


  • Yuki Ohno -- Father
  • Jerrie Lee -- Mother