Apolo Anton Ohno, (conceived May 22, 1982, Seattle, Washington, U.S.), American short-track speed skater who was the most-enhanced American competitor in the historical backdrop of the Winter Olympics. In three Winter Games (2002, 2006, and 2010) he amassed a sum of eight awards—two gold, two silver, and four bronze.
Ohno’s Japanese-conceived father energized him from an early age to take an interest in sports. (He had no contact with his American mother.) He encountered achievement in aggressive swimming and in-line roller skating before taking up short-track speed skating at 12 years old. His ability on the ice was perceived very quickly, and at age 14 he turned into the most youthful skater ever to be acknowledged into the residency program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. He won the first of his various U.S. titles in 1997, and by 2001 he had developed as a tip top contender on the global short-track circuit, winning the general World Cup title that year—the primary American skater to do as such.
At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ohno was among the top choices in the 1,000-meter occasion. On the race’s last lap, in any case, China’s Li Jiajun caused an accident that thumped everybody down aside from Australian Steven Bradbury (at that point skating in last place), who securely avoided alternate skaters for the gold. Ohno figured out how to lurch over the end goal to gain the silver decoration. Ohno later won a disputable gold in the 1,500-meter rivalry; in spite of the fact that he completed the race second behind South Korea’s Kim Dong-Sung, Kim was in this way excluded for having blocked Ohno’s way. Ohno asserted his second general World Cup title in 2003 and accomplished a third in 2005. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, he was the main American to win a short-track gold decoration, in the 500-meter occasion, and earned bronze awards in the 1,000-meter race and the 5,000-meter transfer.
In 2007 Ohno stood out as truly newsworthy off the ice by showing up as a contender on the broadcast move rivalry Dancing with the Stars, which he won with his expert move accomplice, Julianne Hough. In the wake of coming back to skating, he immediately recovered his triumphant shape. At the 2008 short-track big showdowns in Kangnung, South Korea, he caught the 500-meter and general world titles.
In spite of the fact that Ohno battled in 2009, he touched base at the 2010 Games in Vancouver with elevated requirements. In the wake of catching a silver award in the 1,500 meters, he won a bronze in the 1,000 meters. It was his seventh profession Olympic decoration, and Ohno outperformed speed skater Bonnie Blair for most Winter Games awards won by an American. Ohno later endured an exclusion in the 500-meter last however came back to lead the United States to a bronze decoration in the 5,000-meter hand-off.