Apolo Ohno may have been great on Dancing with the Stars, but on his element, the speed skater is a national gem.
The 27-year-old is well on his way to making US Winter Olympic history after bagging medal number 6 on Saturday in the 1,500 short track. The win puts Ohno alongside fellow speed skater Bonnie Blair as the most bemedalled US athlete in the history of the Winter Games.
He'll have a go at medal number 7 on Saturday after advancing through the preliminaries of the 1,000 meters.
If he wins, the Dancing with the Stars
champ will be the most decorated US Winter Olympian in history, a record that has belonged to Blair for 16 years. As it is, Ohno already has the record for most medals of any male US athlete, a record he snatched from long-track legend Eric Heiden.
"Overall, it was a very good day," he told USA Today. "I would love to medal again, there's no question."
The 1,000 short track, however, is a "tough" race, says Ohno.
"As you'll see come Saturday, the first round of the quarterfinals are going to be ridiculously stacked. They could be finals themselves."
In any case, if the record-breaking seventh medal doesn't come Saturday, Ohno will have two more chances, with competitions for 500 meters and the relay final coming up.
For his part, Blair says she'll be more than happy to step aside for a fellow speed skater.
"I didn't realize it would survive this long to begin with," she says. "But records are created to be broken. At least, it's by a speedskater. That's a good thing."
Source: USA Today(Image courtesy of AP)