Apolo Ohno and A Winner!

12 Sep

Before discussing hanging out with an Olympic Champion I must announce my give away winner…

The winner was comment #20.. Carly! Carly has been notified that she won and will soon be enjoying lots of Surf Sweets candy. Thanks to everyone who participated.. I have ANOTHER Giveaway for tomorrow.

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Last week I got an email from a promotional company called the Zocalo group who was getting a group of Chicago bloggers together to come to an event sponsored by Subway Fresh Buzz. Olympic Speed skater and dancing with the stars Champion Apolo Ohno was in town and Subway Fresh Buzz was going to let us meet him!

I was so excited for the event because I was a huge fan of Apolo during the last Olympics. I also have never really been invited to something before due to being a blogger so that made me very happy as well.

There was around 10 bloggers there from the Chicago area. Subway provided a delicious lunch of sandwiches, fruit and yogurt parfaits, chips and apples. The event was set up as a round table discussion. Once Apolo and his trainer arrived we had an open forum to ask him whatever questions we wanted.

Fun facts I learned:

  • He is training for the NY marathon as a Challenge from Jared, the Subway spokesman
  • When asked what kind of weather he likes to run in Apolo said “the extremes, I like it super hot or super cold”
  • His favorite splurge food is “everything, especially ethnic food”
  • He is trying to get subway to offer a gluten-free menu
  • He thinks eating like an Olympic athlete “kinda sucks”
  • He won his first speed skating world championship at the age of 14 and had only been skating for 6 months
  • He is a super animated and high energy guy, so easy to talk to!
There was so much we talked about that it is hard to pick what to write about! Apolo’s trainer discussed how they transitioned from training him to be a speed skater to a marathon runner. His body was out of balance due to years of skating that they had to work on balancing him out (as a PT I found all of this stuff super interesting).
At the end of the event we all got to take our pictures with Apolo and he gave us autographed photos as well. It was such a cool experience!
Have you ever gotten to attend a fun event because you are a blogger?
-This was my first one but I hope I get a chance to again!
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4 Responses to “Apolo Ohno and A Winner!”

  1. Clare @ Fitting It All In September 12, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    SO cool! What a neat experience:)

  2. sarah s September 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    SO FUN! My cousin works at Zocalo Group! πŸ™‚ I’ll have to tell him I know one of the ten bloggers from this! Congrats…sounds fun.

  3. Carly D @ CarlyBananas September 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    That is really cool! I’ve never had the chance to do anything like that because of blogging. It seems like a great time πŸ™‚

  4. Amy @ Second City Randomness September 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    That’s pretty awesome! I remember the first time he was in the Olympics… oh man, my friend had the BIGGEST crush on him! He’s a total cutie. :p

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