Apolo Anton Ohno is a former American short-track pro skateboarder who was the most accomplished sportsman in Winter Olympics history. He won a total of eight medals—two gold, two silver, and four bronze in three games in 2002, 2006, and 2010 respectively.
Ohno has a variety of media expertise, including anchoring Minute to Win It on Game Show Network, working as a color analyst on NBC's "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge," and participating in and conquering ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Seattle, Washington native Apolo Anton Ohno was born on May 22, 1982. Yuki Ohno, his Japanese-born father, inspired him to do sports as a young child. His American mother Jerrie Lee has no communication with him and has not shown any desire in getting to meet her or his older half-brother. When he was a little child, his parents got divorced, and his father reared him in Seattle.
Hairstylist and salon owner, Ohno's father struggled to manage work and family life because he frequently worked 12-hour days and had no relatives living in the United States. Before beginning short-track speed skating at age 12, Apolo had success in competitive swimming and in-line skating.
Fiancee Bianca Stam
Bianca Stam and Apollo Ohno have been engaged for six years. They are not yet hitched in a legal sense, though. In 2016, they crossed paths at an art gallery. Since then, the couple has remained together, and they frequently post photos of themselves on social media. They recently appeared on The Wall, a well-known TV game show hosted by LeBron James.
Ohno and Stam have a little dog named Sesame Mochi Ohno who keeps them occupied at home. Stam graduated from Millikin University and was born in Chicago. She worked as a model and actor in Hong Kong. She also worked on the 2017 one-minute documentary The Beauty Machine, which focused on Asian women working in the entertainment sector.
Ohno started his full-time training in 1996. He has served as the American short track's spokesperson ever since winning the silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Furthermore, he turned 14 in 1997, making him the youngest U.S. national champion. He held the title from 2001 until 2009, conquering it a total of 12 times. In addition, in December 1999, he became the skater to win a World Cup title at the youngest age. He won the overall World Cup championship for the first time in 2001 and repeated the feat in 2003 and 2005. He won his first overall World Championship title at the 2008 World Championships.
Also among Ohno's accolades and accomplishments are his selection as the USOC's Male Athlete of the Month in October 2003 and March 2008, the USSA's Athlete of the Year in 2003, and his status as a finalist for the Sullivan Award in 2002, 2003, and 2006. Ohno worked as an NBC analyst for the 2014 Sochi Winter and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after quitting his job after the 2010 Games. The best men's and women's skaters from the United States, China, Canada, and the Netherlands competed in a speed skating competition sponsored by Ohno in Salt Lake City, Utah, in November 2014. In 2019, he was admitted to the US Olympic Hall of Fame.
Given his prior achievements, Ohno acknowledges that he experienced anxiety when attempting to settle into a new environment. He reportedly experienced imposter syndrome occasionally, which is a condition in which one has self-doubt. Many times, he claimed that his mind would talk him out of doing anything, would tell him he wasn't good enough, or would remind him that he didn't have what it required.
In the process of becoming more than just an Olympic athlete, he looked to discover who he was. Traveling the world as a corporate speaker and investigating numerous business spheres were among those things. The latter required him to pick up new skills. According to him, one major challenge was learning to be more flexible in the face of failure. He may not have remained in the Olympic speed skating arena, but he did have the mental toughness that prevented him from quitting. He remarked, "We need to learn how to fail quickly, remake ourselves, and start over."
Working on Television
Ohno has indicated a desire to work in the entertainment sector. He participated in and won the fourth season of the American reality competition Dancing with the Stars with his companion Julianne Hough. His love of fashion has led him to serve as a guest judge on Project Runway in 2008 and negotiate an endorsement agreement with Omega, a high-end wristwatch, in 2010. He portrayed a produce clerk in the 2012 CBS comedy I Get That a Lot. Ohno co-hosted Minute to Win It on GSN in 2013 and portrayed "Stone" in the Syfy original film Tasmanian Devils.
Later, Ohno became the host of a Minute to Win It game show on the Game Show Network and a commentator for NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. In the American single-camera comedic television series Superstore in 2016, he had a brief cameo as himself. The second season of the reality series Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, which premiered on June 12, 2017, was hosted by Ohno in 2017. Also in the same year, Ohno participated in a $100,000 Pyramid episode, which debuted on July 9, 2017. In 2021, he took part in the NBC game show The Wall to raise money for the Team USA Fund.
Business and Activism
Following his hiatus from short-track racing, Ohno journeyed between the US and Asia to look at investment plans in the mass production, infrastructure, hardware and software, and health and wellness supplement sectors. He also co-founded the health and nutrition firm Allysian Sciences and financed the Finnish business Oura Health. In addition, he is currently writing a book about his post-skating career, which he expects to release in the first half of 2020.
Apolo Ohno has supported a number of causes. He participated in GAP's effort to stop the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Africa by signing up for Product Red. Additionally, half of the money went to the Apolomohe Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Additionally, half of the money went to the Apolomohe Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Additionally, he has participated in Unified Sports, which groups athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team, and volunteered with the Special Olympics. Ohno worked as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador before the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
As of 2022, Apolo Ohno's total net worth, which includes his assets, cash, and earnings, is anticipated to be 10 million USD. Speed skating is the main stream of revenue for the Athlete. He received a lot of titles and popularity from skating, which increased his income.
Due to the popularity and notoriety of his sport, he has a wide range of sponsors, including McDonald's, General Electric, The Century Council, Vicks, and Coca-Cola. Similar to this, he performs additional tasks including dancing and hosting television programs.