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Apolo Anton Ohno is one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history and the most awarded American winter Olympic athletes of all time.
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Ohno has won a staggering eight medals, including two gold medals at three different Olympic games and he has also won nine world championship titles.
Ohno was born in Federal Way, Washington in 1982 and initially showed talent as a competitive swimmer.
At the age of 12, Ohno won the Washington state championship in breaststroke, but soon afterwards decided to focus his energy on speed skating.
Ohno quickly progressed at the sport and in less than a year, he was admitted into the Lake Placid Olympic training center, becoming the youngest person to do so.
The American climbed up the ranks of the world speed skating world and in the 1999 world championships, Ohno won his first silver medal.
In the following years, Ohno won nearly two dozen world championship medals. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games, Ohno won two bronze medals and one silver.
Off the ice, Ohno is a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and works to promote responsible decision making regarding alcohol.