Apolo Ohno talks Olympics and 'Dancing'

July, 31, 2012
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From Apolo Ohno on Instagram.

Have you seen Apolo Ohno's Twitter feed since he has been in London for the 2012 Olympics? Ohno, the record-setting eight-time Olympic Winter Games medalist, looks like he's having a great time. A few days ago, Ohno was named one of the contestants for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" this fall, and Playbook had a chance to talk with Ohno, who was representing Subway, Tuesday. Subway is the official training restaurant of Ohno.

Do you wish you were competing in London?

I don't know if I wish I were competing. I skate on frozen water. Against Michael Phelps, I wouldn't do too well. But I do get the same rush and the same nervous energy the athletes [here] are going through. I'm having a great time here."

Congratulations on returning to "Dancing with the Stars." The competition with athletes Emmitt Smith, Shawn Johnson and Helio Castroneves back looks pretty stiff.

"When they called, I had to think whether I was willing to make a full commitment. I had to think about giving 100 percent and dedicating all that time. But when I heard the names of some of the other contestants, I realized that I was a great fan of many of them and they are my friends. How could I not? I think it'll be the biggest show they've ever had. It's a wonderful opportunity. I'm excited about being on the show."

So you need to train, right?

"Hopefully, I don't fall too many times. It's going to be very competitive. At the end of the day, I think that's what people love about it. I just need to stay away from the sequins and the rhinestones. I need to stay strong on this one."

And the soul patch returns?

"Maybe it'll be a distraction for the others!"

I hear you've moved to Los Angeles to work in television and film. What else are you working on?

"I have a ton of other projects with most emphasizing staying fit. I like the idea of using some of these platforms to educate and inspire people around the world. At the end of the day, that's what drives me."



From Apolo Ohno on Instagram.

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