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Apolo Ohno ‘pretty sure’ he is retired from speedskating

Apolo OhnoApolo Ohno has not competed since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and the speedskater says he is “pretty sure” he is retired.

Ohno told SI.com’s Nick Zaccardi Wednesday that he will be working for NBC as a correspondent during the 2014 Games in Sochi and that he doesn’t envision a return to the ice.

“I think it’s pretty sure at this point [that the comeback is] not going to be,” Ohno told Zaccardi. “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, 30, has done some TV work this year, including hosting “Minute to Win it” on Game Show Network that will begin airing in June. He also acted in the TV movie “Tasmanian Devils.”

Ohno is an eight-time Olympic medalist. He won two medals at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and three in both Turin and Vancouver.

Until now, he had not given a firm comment about his retirement plans. He said in January that he had “not made an official decision either way.” This seems to indicate that he is done.

Apolo Ohno for Subway on Running NYC Marathon, Work Ethic, Michael Phelps Bong

LBS had the pleasure of speaking with two-time gold medalist and eight-time Olympic medalist speed skater Apolo Ohno Thursday. Ohno is in the Fort Worth area for Subway and announced he will be competing in the upcoming NYC Marathon, accepting Jared’s challenge. We talked about a number of subjects including preparing for the marathon, preparing for the Olympics, and of course we had to ask him his thoughts on the Michael Phelps bong pictures that came out two years ago.

Ohno has a busy upcoming schedule — he’s in Ft. Worth, going to New York, Las Vegas, and then he has a few other stops on the West Coast all in the next few days. He said he’ll be rooting for the Steelers on Sunday because of his trainer, John Schaeffer, who’s a Steelers fan. During our conversation, what stood out most to me about Ohno were his values of hard work and being a proper role model.

I was curious how much being an Olympian was the product of talent and how much came from working hard. Ohno told me it’s a combination of both, saying “talent can get you on the right track, but it doesn’t mean you’re doing it the right way.”

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