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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 taken with activities like swimming and inline skating. yet every thing replaced while he observed the short-track pace skating through the 1994 wintry weather Olympic video games.

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S. representatives. This was a big deal for Apolo—it would be his debut with the Junior National Team. The race was scheduled for a Saturday. Unfortunately, Apolo suffered a setback the previous Tuesday when he took a spill on the ice because some sand had inadvertently gotten on the track by way of the rink’s Zamboni. The fall was not pretty. Apolo hit the wall hard, knocking his hip out of joint. At first there was pain, but there was also numbness. Apolo could barely move and had to be helped off the ice by a trainer, who also had to pop the hip joint back into place.

Apolo keeps his skating tool kit, filled with items like wrenches and special stones, in nothing more than a Tupperware container. Whenever Apolo senses an issue with his blades, he turns to his tool kit to solve the problem. A radius gauge, an extremely accurate device that can calculate measurements to 1/1,000 of an inch, helps him find the flaw, and then he uses a bender to crimp the blade a tiny distance. He checks the blade again with the radius gauge, goes back to work with the bender, and continues this process until the blade is where he needs it.

Junior Short Track Championships. He 41 42 Apolo Anton Ohno placed second overall, but his body and mind felt completely worn out. Apolo was in rough shape. On the senior circuit, he had been plagued by sickness; had less contact with his support system—his father—than ever before; had to contend with the stress of constant international travel and competition; and found himself in a world that did not seem to understand the needs of a young skater. While under Coach Wentland, Apolo and his team regularly practiced time trials.

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