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Apolo Anton Ohno won’t compete in Sochi

Apr 24, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

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American short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno’s racing career is apparently over as of Wednesday. And while you’ll still see him at the Sochi Games next February, it will be with a mic in his hand as a correspondent for NBC.

“I think it’s pretty sure at this point [that a comeback is] not going to be,” Ohno told Sports Illustrated’s Nick Zaccardi. “It was always in the back of my head. I just didn’t want to rule it out. I’ve been very blessed, had such an amazing career, overcome a lot of obstacles in my life. It’s time to try some different opportunities.”

Ohno ends his career as America’s most decorated Winter Olympian after winning eight medals between Salt Lake, Torino, and Vancouver, including two golds. He’s also taken home eight world championship titles since 2001.

But the allure of TV has been too much for Ohno, who won Dancing with the Stars in 2007 and competed again this past year before being eliminated in week nine. He’s also starred in the SyFy film Tasmanian Devils, and recently shot a daytime version of NBC’s “Minute to Win It” for the Game Show Network.

  1. namriverrat69 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Congratulations on a great career. I feel sure we will see a lot of you in your new career which should be as a sportscaster. Or not. Either way thanks for the memories and good luck.

  2. listerineman - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    i couldnt stand that guy at the olympic games. so much coverage, for this boring sport. i m glad its over. however i wish him well.

  3. namriverrat69 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Then it is obvious you won’t have any appreciation for Dr. Eric Heiden (a successful orthopedic doctor) who is the only one in history to win gold medals in all five distance races, short and long at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games. He is the most successful Winter Olympian from a single edition of Winter Olympics in history. He went to success in cycling. He is considered by many as the greatest Olympic speed skater in history. I agree. He was phenomenal.

  4. gostlcards5 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    It’s a shame that he has to retire. Ohno’s explosiveness and nifty moves brought short-track speed skating a long way. He made it exciting to watch. He was a little flashy, had a little arrogance, but always seemed to be a decent, fun guy.

    I enjoyed watching him do analysis for NBC during the Summer Olympics, so I hope he takes this as far as he wants. Best of luck!

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