Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno

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Birthday: May 22, 1982

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

Apolo Ohno was a gold medal-winning Olympian, reality TV contestant, game show host, and ubiquitous spokesperson, who became the face of short track speed skating with his 2002 gold medal win at the Winter Olympics in Salt Late City. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Ohno's parents divorced when he was an infant. He was raised primarily by his Japanese-born father, who was also the owner of a successful hair salon in Seattle. Since his father was working all the time, he decided to enroll his son in swimming and speed skating classes, thus giving 6-year-old Apolo something to do after school. Ohno quickly excelled at both sports, but eventually dropped swimming to focus solely on speed skating. In 1996, when he was 13, Ohno began training as a short track speed skater. The following year he made history by becoming the youngest U.S. National Champion in the sport, thus putting him on a fast track to Olympic stardom. Ohno made his Winter Olympics debut in 2002 at Salt Lake City. He quickly became 2002's breakout star, earning a silver medal, while becoming the face of the sport. In lieu of his gold medal win, Ohno landed numerous lucrative sponsorship deals with various high profile brands. Ohno would go on to compete in two more Winter Olympics, 2006 in Turin and 2010 in Vancouver, before retiring from short track speed skating in 2013. At the time of his retirement Ohno had racked up two gold medals, two silver and four bronze, making him one of the most decorated athletes in Winter Olympics history. In addition to his success as an Olympic athlete, Ohno has also had a prominent second career act as a reality TV star. He won the popular reality competition show "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) in 2007, and also hosted the game show "Minute to Win It" (GSN, 2013-14) in 2013. Furthermore, since his retirement from short track speed skating, Ohno worked tirelessly as a motivational speaker and philanthropist, promoting important causes like fighting the spread of AIDS in Africa, among others. In addition to his sponsorships, reality TV work, and numerous charitable activities, Ohno also occasionally acted on TV shows. He appeared in the 2013 TV movie "Tasmanian Devils" (2013) and also landed a guest spot on the NBC sitcom "Superstore" (NBC, 2015- ).

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Tasmanian Devils Stone (Character) - 2013

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2017
92% 84% Superstore Apolo Anton Ohno (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beat Bobby Flay Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2016
29% 55% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris Correspondent 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Minute to Win It Host 2013-2014
8% 86% Men at Work Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2013-2014 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Biggest Loser Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2011-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Guest,
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2012 2007-2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012
No Score Yet 73% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Host 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007

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