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Apolo Ohno

November 13, 2011 by staff 

Apolo Ohno, Hard to believe, but that photo was not meant as a joke. It appeared in ESPN’s “Body Issue” back in October. And in spite of it, you are going to have to try to take Apolo Anton Ohno seriously when he appears on “The Biggest Loser” Tuesday night.

Ha. That’s funny. I’m telling you to take something seriously. Classic “Do as I say, not as I do” moment.

Go ahead and let the jokes fly. I’ll start (takes mic off stand, makes wise-ass face): Well, ESPN, I gotta say. I definitely have some “issues” with that “body!” I mean, Oh-no you didn’t just ruin yet another Olympian in the eyes of “Biggest Loser” viewers! Is Skinny Skating going to be the next event added to the Games roster?

Before I get booed off the stage, I’d better just give you the Week 9 preview.

The seven remaining contestants compete in a pentathlon, with eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno leading them through their final event.

Oh boy. Notice there was no mention of whether this will be a “shirts” or “skins” situation…

The competition heats up as host Alison Sweeney tells the final seven players that they will be competing in a pentathlon, and they can only rely on themselves because this week, the game goes to singles. Contestants will earn points in each of the five events, which will test everything from speed to strength to nutrition knowledge. In one event, they’ll even get a chance to rank the others in order of who they think most deserves to be “The Biggest Loser” this season. The pentathlon winner gets the coveted prize of immunity, while the loser gets a weigh-in disadvantage.

Whoa. That’s so weird! I just did my rankings blog on Thursday! And I have a feeling I predicted the aforementioned pentathlon “loser.” You can go ahead and guess what I mean.

The players get a very special surprise with the arrival of short track speed skater Apolo Ohno, the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time. He shares how finding a sport he loved kept him on track, and leads the contestants through their final event – racing one mile — and motivating them each step of the way.

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