He quickly emerged as a leading short-track skater. Away from home and his friends, Ohno rebelled against the rigors of training, choosing to eat pizza instead of complete required runs. Many believed Ohno would be a shoo-in for the 1998 U. Olympic team, but he made a disappointing showing at the Olympic trials.
In 1997, Ohno scored his first major victory, winning the U. After the trials, his father took him to an isolated cabin in Washington to give him time to contemplate his future away from any distractions.
But for now, they were just there to watch the toughest, most important dances of the season alongside a number of famous former contestants: Harry Hamlin, Jerry Springer, and Mario Lopez, seated with his girlfriend and former dance partner, Karina Smirnoff.
Everyone was waiting to see if Joey Fatone, Apolo Anton Ohno and Laila Ali would blow the roof off in the freestyle. But what the audience doesn't know is that each of these celebrities has hit the wall in terms of physical and psychological energy, screaming muscles and aching joints. We literally got these costumes 20 minutes before we had to come out for the second dance. You don't want to have to think about your clothes." Hough has had the additional strain of intense media scrutiny in the past two weeks, after announcing that she called off her August wedding.
"I've been involved in ballroom a lot, so I know there has to be chemistry when you dance together. And I know personally that there's not, because I've been with them in rehearsals and I've gotten to know Apolo really well. So it doesn't bother me." But Wilson understands that the show has done a great job of selling romance. He's finishing up as an undergrad and, after having decided that he no longer wants to be a professional dancer, is applying to dental schools.