Earlier this month, short-track speedskater and Dancing with the Stars: All Stars contestant Apolo Ohno sat down with TeamUSA.org and answered a few questions from fans on Facebook and Twitter. Ohno, 30, talked about both his speedskating career and his time on the hit TV show. Here’s a little bit of what he had to say:
On if he would consider becoming a professional dancer:
No. Ballroom dancing, no. But if you mean like the Jabbawockeez – I’m really close to some of the guys from the Jabbawockeez group who perform in Vegas, I think that would be amazing. They get to perform every night of the week for millions of people all around the world. Would I give skating up? If you asked this 10 years ago, no, there’s nothing you could have done to take me away from my Olympic dream.
On future Olympic Games:
I think it’s always a possibility. It’s at the back of my mind; it’s definitely not the forefront. I love the Olympic Games; it’s shown me so many valuable life lessons about myself, about my character. It helped me use my strength from all of my ups and downs in my journey to becoming an Olympic champion. I miss it but we’ll see when that gets closer. 2014 and 2018, they’re both not out of the question.
On training for the Olympics vs. training for DWTS:
I don’t think that from a physical perspective you can compare the two. Obviously training for the Olympic Games in any sport requires a tremendous amount of physical activity and preparation but what it does do is it teaches you and your mind how to adapt to different thing. Let’s be honest here – the rhinestone, glitter, sequin outfits I have to wear are pretty outrageous. So if I can look like I’m confident in that, I can look like I’m confident on the ice if there’s a blade problem.
On being the most-decorated winter Olympian:
It’s extremely humbling. When I first started competing for short track, I didn’t know if I was going to make an Olympic team. I did this sport because I loved it, because I had fun. I set small goals along the way, I stayed focused, I tried to work harder than anybody else, and I really dedicated myself to a level that I believed no one else was willing to take themselves to. All of the names and branding, it’s great but at the end of the day, I’m very lucky and blessed to have had such an incredible career and stay healthy along the way.
Read the full TeamUSA.org live chat and interview here.