The short-track specialist has decided to go long.
Besides his trademark facial hair and good looks, American Olympic speed skater is known for something else: winning medals in the short-track event. However, this November Ohno is going long–really, really long. He has decided to run the ING New York City Marathon. It will be his first 26.2-mile race.
Apparently, his recent run up the steps of the Empire State Building planted the marathon seed in Ohno’s head.
Speaking from the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona (He was there to be the grand marshal for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.) Ohno had this to say about New York: “People always say to me, ‘You’re an Olympic athlete, you’re fit already.’ In some ways, yes, but it’s different. My longest race is 2 ½ minutes and my shortest race is 40 seconds, so training for those is a little bit different.”
Ohno’s source of inspiration was Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. “Everybody turned him down,” Ohno added, referring to Fogle. “Obviously, me, I’m like, ‘OK, I’ll do it. I’ll try it out.’ So I decided to do it.”
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