‘Dancing with the Stars’ spotlight: Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff

For our latest edition of the “Dancing with the Stars” spotlight series, we are focusing on a celebrity who not only is a winner on the show, but is definitely a winner off. It was only two years ago that Apolo Anton Ohno was a hero again at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and now he is going to have to try and prove something again here on the dance floor with a brand-new dance partner. (Julianne Hough has since moved on, and has now made a career for herself in both music and film.)

Claim to fame – Being an Olympic gold medalist in the world of short-track speed skating, and for being one of the most-decorated athletes ever in the sport.

Past placement – Winner (season 4)

Past partner – Julianne Hough

Current partner – Karina Smirnoff

Story on the show – Apolo came into his season as someone who wasn’t really a household name outside of his sport, but he became one fast. Not only was he a strong dancer, but he also had an outgoing personality and knew how to show off his sense of humor. He has since come back to judge a round of the show, and now he is back to work as a contestant.

Strengths – Can we talk enough about how dedicated this guy is? Even though he has a lot on his plate, Apolo may be one of the most dedicated people to ever be on this show. He’s already in shape to handle the long practices and knows not to get frustrated during tough moments. It’s also still Olympic season — and even though he was not a part of the London Games, the Olympics are probably still on viewers’ minds.

Weaknesses – Apolo is not someone who necessarily has any major weakness — and the fact that he won probably proves this. The only real thing that he may have to watch out for is that some of these other pros have spent more time in the ballroom as of late than he has, and he will have to play catch-up. He also does have a new partner — and even though Karina Smirnoff has won the Mirrorball Trophy before, there’s still an adjustment period.

Prediction – Overall, we see Apolo as someone who could pretty well on this season — and maybe even win if he is allowed enough time to improve week to week. His biggest problem is going to come in the first few weeks — if he’s a bit rusty with his moves, his Olympic status may not be enough to carry him.

How do you think that Apolo and Karina are going to fare this coming season? We want to hear some of your thoughts below! If you want to check out some more of our spotlight series related to the show, be sure and read our story here.

Photo: ABC

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