A few weeks ago, we profiled speed skater J.R. Celski, known as the next Apolo Anton Ohno. To Olympics fans, Apolo needs no introduction. The five-time Olympic medalist (including golds in 2002 and 2006) not only dominates the world of sport with his speed skating prowess, for a while he also dominated the ballroom (and our Tivos!) as the champion of Dancing With the Stars.
This will be the third Olympics for the 27-year-old. (He’s been captain of the U.S. Speedskating Team since he was 14!) In fact, if things go as planned in Vancouver, Apolo will become the most decorated athlete in U.S. Winter Olympic history.
But don’t think the Japanese American (he was raised by his single dad Yuki in Seattle, Wash.) will just be skating along. His unorthodox training involves working with an ultimate fighting coach to incorporate exhaustive and unusual cross-training exercises into his routine.
But he’s not all work. Apolo’s got a playful side as well:
* He’s the speedskating team’s unofficial “chef.” He’s a huge foodie and loves to cook!
* His nickname is “Chunky” from his stockier, younger years.
* Apolo can bench press with his legs 1,850 pounds!
* He enjoys refurbishing old cars.