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Winter Olympic medalists Apolo Ohno, Tanith White join NBC’s Rio team

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Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian with eight medals, and 2006 Olympic silver medalist Tanith White will serve as NBC sportsdesk reporters at the Rio Games.

Ohno, a short track speed skating Olympian in 2002, 2006 and 2010, will cover his third straight Olympics for NBC. He served as a sportsdesk reporter at London 2012 and as a short track analyst at Sochi 2014.

White, an ice dance Olympian in 2006 and 2010, will cover her second straight Olympics for NBC. She was a sportsdesk reporter at Sochi 2014.

Ohno and White will report at various venues and locations and contribute to features on multiple platforms in Rio, including on “The Olympic Zone” – a 30-minute nightly show on NBC affiliates.

Fellow Winter Olympians Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will also cover the Rio Games for NBC, exploring the culture, sights and sounds and fashion of the host city.

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Apolo Ohno to be inducted into U.S. Speedskating Hall of Fame

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Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian with eight medals, will be inducted into the U.S. Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 13.

“This incredible sport has taught me so much, and to be associated with a special group of legends like this is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Ohno said in a press release.

Ohno earned gold and silver at Salt Lake City 2002, gold and two bronze at Torino 2006 and silver and two bronze at Vancouver 2010, his final competition.

Ohno announced his retirement in 2013 at age 30 and has since worked as an analyst for NBC Olympics while also starting the Apolo Ohno Invitational short track competition.

Ohno completed the 2014 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 9 hours, 52 minutes, 27 seconds.

He swam 2.4 miles (1:00:29), biked 112 miles (5:07:15) and ran a marathon (3:36:41) back to back to back. He finished within an hour of the women’s elite winner.

Ohno’s time was much faster than a pair of celebrities from the 2013 Ironman — former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward (13:08:15) and chef Gordon Ramsay (14:04:08).

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Viktor Ahn eyes retirement after Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

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Russian short track speed skater Viktor Ahn plans to retire after the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics in his birth nation, he said Friday, according to South Korean media.

Ahn, 30, was the most decorated male athlete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, winning three gold medals and one bronze. He also won three golds and one bronze for South Korea at Torino 2006 before switching to Russia.

“I wanted to retire after the Sochi Winter Olympics, but I decided to extend my career a bit longer after speaking with the head of the Russian skating federation,” Ahn said, according to the Korea Herald. “I am training hard with an eye on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. I want to pour my last ounce of energy into Pyeongchang.”

Ahn took this past World Cup season off, dealing with knee problems.

“Doctors have told me undergoing surgery would jeopardize my career,” he said, according to the Korea Herald. “So I think I will have to skate through pain until I retire. I am trying to add muscle to relieve the pain.”

If Ahn competes at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics against skaters from his birth country, he would be one of the most scrutinized athletes, perhaps the most scrutinized.

NBC Olympic short track analyst Apolo Ohno said in 2014 that Ahn would be warmly received in Pyeongchang.

Ahn is two gold medals shy of the career record for a Winter Olympian shared by Norwegians biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie.

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