Olympic star Ohno ready to dance on TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic short track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno will trade his skates for dancing shoes as a contestant on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."
The five-time Olympic medalist joins former NBA star Clyde Drexler and boxer Laila Ali among the 11 contestants.
Ohno, 24, will be the youngest contestant to compete on the ABC show, now in its fourth season. He'll be paired with 18-year-old professional dancer Julianne Hough.
"At our first meeting I gave her a pair of ice skates as a token of appreciation for all the enthusiasm and talent she brings to our dance team," Ohno said. "I think we're going to bring a fresh, new kind of energy and flavor to the table."
While the other contestants have begun rehearsing in preparation for the show's debut March 19, Ohno has some skating obligations he must tend to first.
He's competing in the U.S. short track nationals that end Sunday in Cleveland, and depending on his placing, he could earn a trip to Milan, Italy, for next month's world championships.