November 3, 2011
By Vicki Michaelis
At the last Winter Games, short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno locked in his legacy by becoming the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.
Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps, left, takes a break after he joined fellow Olympic champion, speedskater Apolo Ohno, during the latter’s training in September for the New York City Marathon.
“I’ve thought about it,” Ohno says when asked whether he will compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “I do miss training. I do miss that pursuit.”
Ohno has competed in the last three Winter Olympics, winning two golds, two silvers and four bronzes. The eight medals — three of which he won at the 2010 Games in Vancouver — surpass Bonnie Blair’s six and Eric Heiden’s five.
Ohno, who is running in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, will be 31 during the 2014 Winter Games.
“When we’re younger as athletes, we have this innate invincibility factor, this internal sense of naïve nature that allows us to reach goals others would not think of,” Ohno says. “When you take a break from the sport and you come back, you have that again, at least for a short amount of time.”