Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Saturday workouts with Apolo

I live pretty close to the Olympic Oval, fastest ice on earth, it was the home of the speed skating for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Since Utah is a winter wonderland right now, a few of my girl friends and I have been running on the track inside the Olympic oval. It is larger than a regular track because it surrounds the ice rink. As we were running, Maribelle claimed she saw Apolo Ohno, 2 time gold medalist for the winter Olympics, and winner of Dancing With the Stars. Sadly I think he is more famous for winning Dancing with the Stars. Anyways, Maribelle claimed she saw him reading the paper while we were running. On our next lap she was going to prove it to us. Well, on our next lap there was no such person reading the paper. We laughed and told her she was seeing things.

As we were leaving we saw a dark haired short little guy walking out holding the paper. Maribelle walked right up to Apolo Ohno, pointed at the group of us girls and said, "They didn't believe me when I told them you were here." The group of us girls, all happily married with children, laughed and giggled like little school girls at the sight of someone famous. Then he said, "I'm here every day." Then, I said, "See you next week." After the words spewed out of my mouth I felt like Baby in Dirty Dancing at first meeting Patrick Swazye's character says, "I carried a watermelon."


















Well, last Saturday he was at the Oval again, this time he was running the track with us. I made sure to keep my mouth shut as not to embarrass myself again. I can now proudly say that,
on Saturday's, I workout with Apolo Ohno.

8 comments:

dishes and laundry said...

Okay, that's almost enough to make me take up running. Almost.

I would've been giggling too! You'll never miss a workout. Maybe you'll become friends and can have him over for dinner. FHE?
Very cool.

Amber said...

Hmmm, running with Apolo sounds more exciting than swimming with me! Sorry I'm not famous. . .

Mike said...

I bet I could beat him up.

marisa said...

That was my husband that commented above.

The sad thing is, I could probably beat him up too. OK, not really, but he is really little, I bet I weight more than him. Michael, lest you worry, there is no attraction there.

savannah said...

Marisa: Lucky you to get to see the beautiful Apolo Ohno on a regular basis!! You are a photographer? Maybe you can post some photos. It's always great for us diehard fans to see new photos of the "Prince of the Ice". His Dad has said Apolo does not mind having his picture taken.

Nora Mair said...

Oh famous factor fun. "I carried the watermelon" So funny. Mike you're funny too.

Susan said...

HA! Great story! Apolo is a national treasure -- humble, Olympic athlete, role model. Savannah got it right -- beautiful.

m. & m. said...

I died laughing at the dirty dancing image. Like you, dirty dancing is part of my subconscious because I watched it soo much growing up. That's sad, I know. But I still can't help loving Baby. What about Johnny's cousin, he was hot too? But I guess after she saw Johnny dance there was no turning that hot lusting train around...

Also, Mike had never seen that movie and so we rented it. It wasn't too bad except for the dirty dancing scene you're referencing - it wasn't just dirty - it was filthy! Who knows why I was allowed to call this my favorite movie as a child!

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