Apolo Ohno makes surprise visit to middle school

Apolo Ohno makes surprise visit to middle school

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Apolo Ohno makes surprise visit to middle school

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by KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 7:11 PM

SEATTLE - Apolo Ohno is back and he's bigger than ever.

Friday, he made an appearance for his sponsor, Alaska Airlines.

He's back for another jet-signing at Sea-Tac, to meet and greet and give out leis to Hawaii-bound Alaska Airlines passengers and promote a contest to win a trip to paradise with America's winningest-ever Winter Olympian along for the summertime ride.

Since we last saw Apolo skating fast and scoring three more medals in Vancouver, he has been on the move.

Friday it was Chinook Middle School in Bellevue. The gymnasium was packed with students. Some got to play an educational video game with Apolo's help and all of them listened to a basic message about the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of making good choices at a young age.

He says this kind of appearance energizes him and makes all the years of training worthwhile, and that it's a privilege to have this platform and talk to young people.

You can expect to see more of Apolo in this arena in the future and you may even see him again on the ice. He says he still hasn't officially called it quits.

Since the Olympics he has set up the Apolo Anton Ohno Foundation which will be dedicated to exactly the kind of educational outreach the kids at Chinook experienced today.

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