Ohno became interested in short track at age 12 while watching the 1994 Lillehammer Games.Despite his late start, it took Ohno only two years to become the best short-track skater in the United States.
After failing to make the 1998 Olympic team, Ohno, 15, had to decide whether to continue skating.
Ohno's father feared he would make a rash decision after the disappointment at Olympic Trials and brought his son to a secluded cottage three hours northwest of Seattle.
With no distractions from TV or telephone, Ohno passed the time by taking long runs.
Apolo Anton Ohno is the host of GSN's game show "Minute It to Win It." Ohno recently was one of the celebrity contestants competing in Season 15 of ABC's ballroom competition series, "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars." He teamed up with Season 13 champ Karina Smirnoff and came in fifth place.
He previously partnered with professional dancer Julianne Hough to become the winner of Season 4, back in 2007. Ohno has been the top short-track skater in the United States since 2001, when he became the first American to win the overall World Cup for the 2000-01 season.
Best known for making history at the 2010 Winter Olympics by becoming the most decorated U. Winter Olympian with eight career Olympic medals, Apolo Ohno has been the top short-track speed skater in the U. Among his tremendous accolades, Ohno is a three-time Olympian, one of only four Americans to win three medals in a single Winter Olympics, and is a 12-time U. Ohno since has won the overall title twice more, in 20. Ohno has at least one medal in each of the Olympic distances: gold in the 500m; silver and bronze in the 1000m; gold and silver in the 1500m; and bronze in the 5000m relay.
He also has won six Olympic medals, including two gold, breaking speed skater Eric Heiden's record for the most career winter medals by a U. Ohno has won every national title since 2001, earning his 10th consecutive win in September 2009, and has 12 overall national titles.
Ohno again qualified to skate all three individual events in Vancouver, by winning each at Olympic trials and defending his national title.
Ohno also will skate on the 5000m relay, giving him four chances at a medal.