We’ve seen the finest and most laidback speed skater become one of the most popular world-class athletes. For Apolo Anton Ohno, he’s the magnet of the Winter Games, catching our attention as a short-track skater.
However, this nonchalant, stylish bandanna-wearing athlete is a humble-minded sporting icon. The patriotic masses of America are cheering on Ohno, enduring and believing he’ll excel and secure Olympic medals.
He’s proclaimed as the gracious and gnarly 27-year old veteran, a predominant hero of the U.S.Olympics.
When he won a silver medal in the 1,500 meters after taking advantage of two South Koreans late gaffes to cost them a potential sweep on Saturday night, he justified incremental stature.
After literally suffocating years ago at the Winter Games, winning the sixth medal of his career in the last winter Olympics solidified Ohno as one of the most decorated athletes of U.S. winter athletes.
To be considered a world-class athlete and not just an entertainer, Ohno had to renew optimism in a cultural standpoint that mandated perseverance and resiliency.
Ohno is on pace to capture potentially three medals in Vancouver, with two individual races and a relay event remaining.
Thank goodness the sensational perfectionist on skates and ice found his swagger. Among all things, he has engaged us by putting a smile on the faces of Olympics fans, still living with the tragic death of a 21-year old luger from the Republic of Georgia.
His presence alone reminds us of having a peace-maker within a chaotic workplace, where no one is willful in parting ways.
Four years ago, he battled hamstring and ankle injuries all while winning two medals at the Turin Games. But at the Vancouver Games, he’s pursuing at least a couple gold medals.
Maybe he will be renamed the Golden One...
As an amateur athlete, Ohno arouse supporters and merit applause, heavily adored for the talented style he performs while speed skating.
If someone is lucky to come close in replicating his style, he sticks to the basic techniques. His endurance and athleticism erect an uncommon pattern that most short-track speed skaters are luckless in adopting.
Ohno begins a race slowly and tags along in the rear before finally breaking through to restore a convincing lead. The welfare of starring on Dance With The Stars may have polished his nifty mechanics, benefiting any time he appears on ice.
Or it may have been his devotion during the teenage years, raised by a single father who’s still supportive of his son.
Girls are attracted to sporting figures, but even more so to Ohno. It seems the kid is hip and sexy enough to make them scream and cheer. Ohno has a certain sex appeal to fans that often overshadow his achievements.
Although he’s aging and competes against younger competitors, he’s in the prime of his career, well-experienced and balanced. Had he not eaten healthier or committed to diets, it would be difficult leveling out against youth.
Eight years ago, in Salt Lake City, he blossomed as an Olympian, but now he is one of the greatest American icons.
As long as he enriches for the betterment and continues to challenge the mind and body both mentally and physically, Ohno will always be known as America’s icon, America’s hero.
Right now, though, he’s the prominent Olympian representing red, white and blue.