Seattle is pretty proud of Apolo Anton Ohno, who began his speed-skating career here when he was just 14 and went on to win numerous world and national championships and five Olympic medals. (Oh yeah, he was also on the Dancing with the Stars TV show.)
Now he’s getting ready for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics games.
To cheer him on, Alaska Airlines has painted one of its Boeing 737-800 with a giant image of Ohno and, during the unveiling yesterday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, handed out Ohno trading card, copies of Ohno’s signature bandana, and press-on faux facial hair (in honor of Ohno’s infamous “soul patch.”) .
Sadly, I missed that gala event, but like everyone else I can now “Follow Apolo” on a special web site that will track his progress.