The Seattle Times: Apolo Ohno to host ‘Minute to Win It’

June 23rd, 2013

The Seattle Times
by Rob Owen
June 23, 2013

Olympic speedskating eight-time medalist Apolo Anton Ohno knows about racing against a clock. So he can sympathize with contestants on “Minute to Win It,” a game show that aired on NBC in 2010-2011 that’s being revived on Tuesday by GSN with Ohno as the new host.

In each one-hour episode, contestants face up to 10 challenges using household items; each challenge has a one-minute time limit and contestants can win up to $250,000. (Ohno’s favorite, “Face the Cookie,” involves placing an Oreo on your forehead and wiggling your face until the cookie makes it into your mouth.)

Ohno, who grew up in Federal Way, said he watched the previous version of “Minute to Win It” and was a fan. But he had to prove himself to the show’s executives.

“You see this guy who’s a speedskater his entire life wearing these ridiculous outfits, skating in circles and they do wonder if I am going to be able to deliver something watchable,” Ohno said. “The first question is always, ‘We loved him on “Dancing with the Stars,” we loved him in the Olympics, but can he speak English?’ Yes, I can speak English. Yes, I can.”

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