Some of you may have read my Winter Olympics article back in February. In it, I spoke of an athlete who had really impressed my mother and me-- Apolo Anton Ohno, a short track speedskater. Back in 2002, we got into watching him skate-- he was blazing fast, and the sport was exciting! We'd never really noticed it before that year.
2006 winter Olympics rolled around, and same deal. I was in college, but my mom and I would call each other when Ohno was racing. And then this past year, same deal! This year, too, we were quite aware that it may have been Ohno's last Olympics.
After the 2010 Olympics were over, Ohno stands as the most decorated winter Olympian ever-- two golds, 2 silvers, and 4 bronze medals. So, even if it was his last, he still has that legacy!
"But why is Tory writing about this now?" you may be wondering.
Well, as so many athletes do, Ohno has written a book. And is going on a book-signing tour! And happens to be signing at a store up by my mother's (I was going up there anyway) on Thursday.
If you had told 16-year-old Tory that she would meet him one day, she probably would have spazzed out, hah!
As it stands, I'm pretty excited. I'm hoping it'll be a small affair, not too crowded! My mom already spoke to the bookstore, and they were really cool about accomodating me since I'm still on crutches.
Here's a little clip-- not an Olympic race, but still a pretty exciting win!