Speedskater and Federal Way native Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian, said in multiple reports Wednesday he will not compete in next year's Sochi Olympics.
Speedskater and Federal Way native Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian, said in multiple reports Wednesday he will not compete in next year’s Sochi Olympics.
Ohno, who won three medals in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, told Reuters he intended to pursue a broadcasting career.
“I’ll be in Sochi but I definitely won’t be trying out. I’ll be with NBC,” he said.
“There’s been no official retirement party, I’ve not had a press conference to say I’m retired but it’s pretty safe to say.”
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The 30-year-old Ohno retires with eight Olympic medals, one more than retired speedskater Bonnie Blair.
Ohno won gold in the 1,500 meter final at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games as well as silver in the 1,000.
He won three medals, including gold in the 500, at the 2006 Turin Olympics then a silver and two bronze at Vancouver.
Ohno had not competed since the 2010 Olympics, but had not ruled out a comeback until Wendesday.
He has pursued a television career and been a constestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Ohno has also become a spokesman for exercise-induced bronchospasm or EIB, a condition he kept to himself during his career.
“I didn’t speak about it all,” he told Reuters. “First of all, I didn’t know many people had exercise-induced bronchospasm. And secondly, I wasn’t comfortable at the time talking about it.”