Net Worth: $10'000'000
Apolo Ohno is an American Olympic speed skater whose net worth is $10’000’000. Apolo Ohno has won eight medals During his career as an Olympic athlete, including two gold medals and two silver medals. Ohno has also found fame In the fields of philanthropy, motivational speaking, and as a competitor on two seasons of the TV dance competition show Dancing with the Stars. After his 2002 Olympic debut Ohno continued to perform very well in both subsequent Olympic Games and also continues to do great work as a philanthropist and public figure post-retirement. Apolo Ohno was born on 22 May 1982 in Seattle, Washington, to Yuri Ohno and Jerri Lee. His parents chose the name Apollo after the Greek words APO which means to steer away from, and lo, which means keep an eye on him when he comes. They divorced when Apollo was a baby, and he was raised by his father in Seattle with little contact with his biological mother. His father worked as a hairstylist and owned a salon called Yuri’s Diffusion, often working 12-hour shifts and with no family in the United States. So his father brought Apollo to competitive swimming and quad speed roller skating courses at the age of six. He spent his days swimming in the morning after school and skating classes throughout the afternoon. Career Beginnings Ohno’s calling as a speed skater began when he was just 12 years old. He won the Washington state swimming championship in Breaststroke That year, but he strongly preferred inline speed skating to swim. Throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada, he began to win several competitions in his age division. At the age of 13, Ohno became the youngest member of the ice team ever admitted to the Olympic Training Center Lake Placid to train full-time for short-track speed skating. After failing to make the 1997 US Junior World Team, he made a comeback and won the 1997 Senior Championships overall title with the gold medal in the 1500 meters race. At 14, he was the youngest to win the title. He moved to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center at the age of 14 to start Training for senior skaters. He struggled at the 1997 championships in Pagan Japan and returned home for a year-long break in Seattle. As a result of his lapse in training, he was ill-prepared for the 1998 Pagan Winter Olympics. He finished last in trials and did not qualify for the Olympic team the following year. Ohno returned to the sport and re-enrolled in junior coaching at Lake Placid. He took first overall at the 1999 World Junior Championships and finished ninth overall at the 2’000 World Championships. Olympics Ohno qualified for the 2002 Salt Lake City Utah Winter Olympics. At the games, he quickly emerged as a favorite of American fans for short-track speed skating. Ohno has proven both an incredibly popular racer and one who has met his share of controversy Since making his Olympic debut at the 2002 Olympics. At the same games, he was involved in a controversial decision involving cross-tracking, which many commentators said was a bad call. The controversy resulted in many Korean speed skaters having a lot of animosity toward Ohno because his Korean opponent suffered as a result of The call. Ohno did, however, medal in two events. After Salt Lake, Ohno declined to participate due to security reasons in the short-track World Cup 2003 event in Korea. In 2005, he was injured severely at the 2005 World Cup In China and had to withdraw from the tournament. In another event In South Korea, there were an estimated 100 riot police called In to protect Ohno – their concerns stemming from the lingering negative reaction from the 2002 Olympics controversy. He went on to win two gold medals in the event and finished second in the event overall at the 2005 World Championships. Ohno performed well at the 2006 Tokyo Olympics in Italy, winning a gold and a bronze medal. Ohno took part in Dancing with the Stars with Julianne Though. The pair took the top prize Together and emerged as champions of season four. He took a brief break before returning to the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, after which He retired from the sport. He was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame In 2019. Thanks to his success, Apolo Ohno has been able to ink a number of very lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Subway, General Electric, Coca-Cola, and more. He hosted the game show Minute to Win It and was a commentator for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Ohno has written a book called Hard Pivot about his transition from an Olympic athlete to an entrepreneur, and it is due to be released in 2022. Personal Life Ohno is a very active philanthropist who supports several causes, including Product Red which fights the spread of HIV and Aids in Africa. He used his fame to work with The Salvation Army and The Clothes off our Back Foundation, as well as raising money for The Ronald McDonald House in Seattle. He helped raise $20’000 for Nikkei Concerns and joined forces with Senator Ted Kennedy to launch the “Math Moves U The Hippest Homework Happening” program, which brings to focus the importance of Math and science in education. Ohno has also volunteered in the Special Olympics and in Unified Sports. Ohno is engaged to the actress Bianca Star.
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