Apolo Anton Ohno, born May 22, 1982 is a short-track speed skater whose eight Winter Olympic medals have earned him the distinction of being the most decorated American Winter Olympian in history.
Although Ohno didn't begin his short track career until 1995, it took him less than two years to become the best short-track skater in the United States. At 14, after training under Pat Wetland in Lake Placid for just six months, Ohno claimed his first overall title at the U.S. Championships. Ohno's success made him a likely candidate to make the 1998 U.S. Olympic Team, but the American struggled with his fitness throughout the 1997-98 seasons and finished 16th at the Olympic Trials.
Ohno committed himself to making the 2002 Olympic squad, and by the 2000-01 seasons he was one of the world's best skaters. Since making the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Team, Ohno has taken home a total of eight Olympic medals. The Seattle native also won the World Cup title in the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m en route to winning the overall crown, making him the first American to win a World Cup title at any distance.
"I look back at my junior high school days and I think about all the opportunities I had to do something negative," says Ohno. "The position I'm in now with The Century Council and Ask, Listen, Learn put me in a place where I can make a difference today." We invite you to learn more about Apolo and his work.