Olympian Ohno on Fil-Am skater: He's the one to beat

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 07 2014 03:12 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2014 11:14 PM

HOLLYWOOD - After competing in three Olympics, Apolo Anton Ohno will be playing a different role in Sochi, Russia.

The American speed skater who has eight Olympic medals won't be on the ice this time around. Instead, he will be on the broadcasting chair as a sports analyst.

This year, he will be watching his heir-apparent JR Celski, as the younger speed skater attempts to follow in his huge Olympian footsteps.

The Filipino-American won two bronze medals in the last Olympics and hopes to pick up four more in Sochi.

"I think he got a fantastic chance. JR is a phenomenal skater. He's improved so much since he was a younger skater and in my opinion, he is the one to beat," Ohno said.

Celski considers Ohno his idol and the one whose legacy he dreams of honoring in their sport.

Ohno wasn't only great on the ice. He further proved his worth as a fierce competitor when he won Dancing with the Stars in 2007.

The Olympian also spoke about his attachment to the Philippines.

"I have a lot of business partners in the Philippines, a lot of friends. I mean I'm there every time I go to Asia. We always use the Philippines as our hub when we go visit friends, when we eat. I used to gain about 6 pounds every time I go approximately," he said.

Ohno is also the host of GSN network's Minute to Win it. The game show will air new episodes starting February 25.