Paired with: Karina Smirnoff
Best known for making history at the 2010 Winter Olympics by becoming the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian with eight career Olympic medals, Apolo Ohno has been the top short-track speed skater in the U.S. Among his tremendous accolades, Ohno is a three-time Olympian, one of only four Americans to win three medals in a single Winter Olympics, and is a 12-time U.S. National Champion. Born in Seattle, Washington, Ohno was raised by his Japanese father, Yuki, whom Ohno credits for his success as he pushed him to pursue excellence on and off the ice when considering his future. Launched into the national spotlight after winning two medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Ohno's unique look, including his wavy hair and signature bandana, helped attract countless fans. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, he once again won over the hearts of Americans as he added three more medals to his collection, including a gold in the Men's 500m. Beyond the Olympics, Ohno was ranked by Nielsen's State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 as third-most effective athlete endorser, ranks tenth in Business Week's Power 100, and is author of The New York Times Bestseller and top-selling sports biography, Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday. Passionate about being a positive role model for youth, he is an Ambassador for health and wellness initiatives aimed at children, is active in Ronald McDonald House charities and also involved in Nikkei Concerns, a leading provider for elder care services. Continuing to demonstrate his diverse talents, Ohno recently finished his first acting roles on "Hawaii Five-O" and in the SyFy film, "Tasmanian Devils." He will return to the Olympics as a reporter for NBC this summer in London.