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  1. 2 Market street Fourth Floor Portland ME 04101 USA t (207) 775 1500 www.octagon.com© Octagon 3/09 Apolo Ohno Five-time Olympic Medalist • Poised to Become The Most Decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in History at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada Personal Data... Birthdate: 5/22/82 | Hometown: Seattle, WA | Resides: Salt Lake City, Utah| Height: 5”8 | Weight: 165 lbs.| Eye Color: Brown | Passions: Style & fashion, cars, music, video games, electronics, fitness and health, real estate, business, food/cooking, becoming a“green” consumer| Career Highlights... Made history at the 2006 Winter Olympics by tying the record for most number of medals won by a U.S. winter male Olympian at five | Two-time Olympian (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze (1,500m gold in 2002, 500m gold in 2006; 1,000m silver in 2002; 1,000m bronze in 2006, 5,000m relay in 2006 | He is only one of four Americans who has won three medals in a single Winter Olympics | 11-time National champion | 2008 Overall World Champion | At age 14, he became the youngest-ever U.S. short-track speedskating Champion | Has been the top short-track skater in the United States since 2001, when he became the first American to win the overall World Cup | Named one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” in May 2002 issue | His Story…Launched into the national spotlight after winning two Olympic medals during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah | His unique look, including his wavy hair and signature bandana, helped attract throngs of fans making him the face for short track speedskating in the U.S. and around the globe | At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, Apolo once again won over the hearts of American’s as he added three more medals to his Olympic hardware collection, including a gold medal in one of the final events of the 2006 Olympics - the men’s 500 meter race |In the spring of 2007, he built off his mainstream celebrity status by competing in and winning season four of the hit reality TV show, ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars" | Fresh Tracks…Started speedskating at the age of 12 | Took him less than two years to become the best short track skater in the U.S. |At 14, after training at Lake Placid Training Center for just six months, Ohno claimed his first overall title at the U.S. Championships | Ohno’s success made him a likely candidate to make the 1998 U.S. Olympic Team, but he struggled with training which impacted his fitness and he finished 16th at the Olympic Trials | Japanese Heritage & Father -Son Bond… Raised by his Japanese father Yuki, a hair stylist and salon owner in Seattle, Apolo credits his father for his success and his signature hair style | As a teenager, Ohno often rebelled against his father and ran with a sometimes questionable crowd |It was his dad that pushed him to pursue excellence on and off the ice, including secluding his son to a cottage three hours northwest of Seattle with no distractions, forcing him to consider his future |Apolo credits Yuki for his respect for elders which transpired into Apolo’s interest in working with Nikkei Concerns, a leading provider of elder care services in the Northwest | Vancouver Outlook… Today, Ohno is once again poised to catapult into the national spotlight for the fourth time in his career as he trains with an eye on becoming the most decorated winter Olympian in U.S. history | What’s in a name… Hisfirst name was given to him by his father, who combined the Greek words “Ap,” meaning “steering away from,” and “lo.” meaning “look out, here he comes” | Yuki says his son’s middle name, “Anton,” means priceless |Ohno also goes by “Chunkie ,“ a holdover from his youth, when he was one of the stockier members of his roller skating team | Lights, Camera, Action…As he performed in front of millions of viewers each week on the hit ABC show “Dancing with the Stars” where he garnered widespread publicity for his high scoring routines and “sizzling” performances with his partner Julianne Hough |Since 2002, his popularity has landed him on the cover of countless magazines, Wheaties cereal box and he’s been photographed twice by world famous photographer Annie Liebowitz |Has appeared in People magazine six times |Was a celebrity judge on the TV show, Project Runway in July 2008 |Has graced covers of magazines like, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, Life, Time, Cosmo, to name a few |Has been interviewed and featured numerous times on shows like, NBC Nightly News, Today Show, Good Morning America, Extra! Access Hollywood, E! Ellen DeGeneres Show | Giving Back… Active in Ronald McDonald House charities | Nikkei Concerns | Clothes off our Back Foundation |Art & Understanding |The Salvation Army |Other children-related charitable causes • Passion Points... • Video Games: Frequent gamer with buddy & teammate, Shani Davis • Fashion: Jeans, jackets, footwear, watches…he’s a “Man of Style” • Consumer Electronics: Bring it On! • Cars: Trading, researching, “green cars,” loves it all! • Cooking: enjoys all things food, cooking;, dining out, healthy eating is important • Unorthodox Training: Cross-trains; worked with an Ultimate Fighter • Health: Has high blood pressure as does his Dad; has exercise induced asthma • Personal Care: Oral hygiene and personal appearance is important • Elderly: Soft spot; volunteers • Acting: In the works for post-Games