Apolo Ohno Retiring? New NBC Job Could Put An End To Olympic Speed Skater's Athletic Career [VIDEO & REPORT]

By Staff Reporter April 25, 2013 1:36 PM EDT
Is Apolo Ohno retiring from speed skating? (Photo: Getty Images)
Is Apolo Ohno retiring from speed skating? (Photo: Getty Images)

Is Apolo Ohno retiring? The Olympic speed skater just announced his new job with NBC, which may end his athletic career.

Ohno is the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian. Although he hasn't competed since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, he was considering a comeback for the 2014 Sochi games.

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"I think it's pretty sure at this point [that the comeback is] not going to be," Ohno said in an interview (via SI). "It was always in the back of my head. I just didn't want to rule it out. I've been very blessed, had such an amazing career, overcome a lot of obstacles in my life. It's time to try some different opportunities."

Ohno's opportunities include a job with NBC as a correspondent at the Olympics in Sochi.

"I'll be in Sochi but I definitely won't be trying out. I'll be with NBC," Ohno 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."

Ohno currently has 8 Olympic medals.

"In the back of my head I had reservations about saying yes or no because I am a competitor, I am an athlete," Ohno said about retiring. "I love to compete and I love to train and I love the lifestyle of an Olympic athlete and I love what it means to call yourself an Olympic athlete."

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"But there comes a time in every single man and woman's life where you are able to be happy about your existing career. And I've accomplished all my goals."

Aside from his new job with NBC, Ohno has participated in Dancing with the Stars. Ohno won in season 4 with Julianne Hough and competed in season 15, the all-star season with Karina Smirnoff.

Ohno just finished filming Game Show Network's Minute to Win It as its host and he also starred in a SyFy TV Movie with Danica McKellar entitled Tasmanian Devils.

Check out Ohno below on DWTS!

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