By Rebecca Aldridge
Because the son of a unmarried father, Apolo Anton Ohno confirmed loads of spunk and effort. to maintain out of hassle, Ohno bought occupied with activities like swimming and inline skating. yet every little thing replaced while he observed the short-track velocity skating in the course of the 1994 iciness Olympic video games.
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Ohno saw sponsorships as a way to earn money to support his own training, therefore alleviating the burden on Yuki. He also saw sponsorships as a way to boost the profile of short track, the sport he loved. What Ohno could not know was that, within a short period of time, his sponsorships, and more important, his entire skating career would be placed in jeopardy. The World Qualifiers had determined that the United States would indeed compete in short track at the Olympics. S. National Team. These two weeks of competition in December were crucial for Ohno.
S. National Team. These two weeks of competition in December were crucial for Ohno. His personal goal was to finish as one of the top two skaters at each distance and secure his place to compete in all four Olympic short-track events. To avoid the distraction of mind games and chitchat with other skaters and to maintain an inward focus, Ohno chose to stay at a separate hotel from the rest of his teammates. In his autobiography, he explained, “At Olympic Trials, I don’t talk to anyone—I’m very quiet, focused, and in my own zone before a race.
That was until he hit the ice. ” Unfortunately, Apolo had only the one pair of blades. Both his father and Coach Wentland went to work on the skates to make minute adjustments, but no matter what they did, the skates just did not feel right to Apolo. This did not bode well for the competition. Blades help a skater make those crucial turns, and if those blades feel off, a skater’s performance can be put on the line. When race time came, Apolo gave his best effort, but the blades held him back. Despite the difficulties, he managed to pull out all the stops in his 1,000-meter race.