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Skating Greats Share Olympic Memories and Advice for Sochi's Athletes | Apolo Anton Ohno, Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton

Skating Greats Share Olympic Memories and Advice for Athletes Heading to Sochi

Originally posted 01/21/2014 09:30AM

Everyone is talking about the 2014 Sochi Olympic figure skaters – past gold medalists included.

Four of America's most celebrated skaters – Apolo Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill – glided over to Parade to share their Winter Olympics experiences.

As gold medalists, this group knows what it takes to win, and what to expect once the closing ceremony is over. Transitioning from the top of the podium to normal life isn't easy, but then, neither are triple axels.

Ohno and Hamilton will serve as analysts at Sochi, but they won't be offering life advice like this. Before the Sochi Games start, see what these skating stars have to say, and relive their winning performances.

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Apolo Ohno Blogs Who He's Rooting for in Dancing Finals | Apolo Anton Ohno, Karina Smirnoff

Dancing With the Stars

Apolo Ohno: We Should Have Gone to Dancing Finals

Originally posted 11/26/2012 06:00PM

Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. Finally ousted last week, the ice-skating Olympian has been blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.

I feel good. I did my absolute best on the show. I feel like we did some amazing dances. It was a blast, it was a struggle, it was hard. I overcame all the obstacles. The fan base that was there was incredibly powerful and strong.

On one side, it was a little bit bittersweet. I felt like we should have been in the finals. We definitely were good enough to be there. But it's out of our control. With the combination of the judges' scores and the audience votes, we just did not have enough votes to go onto the finals.

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Apolo Ohno & Emmitt Smith Eliminated on Dancing with the Stars

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Dancing with the Stars Season 15 Finalists Revealed

Originally posted 11/20/2012 08:30PM

They were so close!

After five couples performed mixed-up routines and a tribute to Michael Jackson on Dancing with the Stars the night before, two contestants were sent packing Tuesday night, just one week short of season 15's all-star finale. And that's got to hurt.

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Dancing with the Stars's Final Five Describe the Joy and Terror of the All-Star Season

Originally posted 11/20/2012 06:10PM



Been there, done that? Actually, it's quite the opposite.

With the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars now in its home stretch, the five celebrities still standing tell PEOPLE they're older, wiser and more competitive than ever – and that returning to the ballroom has been more exciting and rewarding than their first time on the show.

"You can't even compare them," says Apolo Ohno. "Karina [Smirnoff] has shown me so much about dancing on a different level now, because I think can accept it now. I'm able to express that stuff."

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Dancing's Pairs Perform Crazy Combination Routines in Semi-Finals | Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson

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Dancing with the Stars: Couples Perform Crazy Combinations in Semi-Finals

Originally posted 11/19/2012 11:05PM

It's the semi-finals!

The remaining five couples on Dancing with the Stars faced two rounds of competition on Monday. First, the pairs performed mixed-up routines, blending uncommon styles with unusual themes. Then, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's hit album Bad with more traditional ballroom numbers.

Keep reading for all the details and scores ...

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Apolo Ohno Blogs About the 'Hardest Week' on Dancing with the Stars | Apolo Anton Ohno, Karina Smirnoff

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Apolo Ohno Blogs About the 'Hardest Week' on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 11/19/2012 11:45AM

Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. The ice-skating Olympian is now blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.

It felt good not going home on Tuesday, but at the same time, I never want to see anyone else go home either. Everybody's dancing so well and you become friends with everybody on the show during the time you're there. You cheer everybody on and you watch them grow as dancers and as people.

Now that we've made it to week nine, oh, man, I'm dying. Not really, but for me this is by far the absolute hardest week I've ever had on Dancing with the Stars. We have big top jazz, which is a dance that I know zero about. I've never done it before on the show, and I don't think we've ever seen it before on the show.

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Apolo Ohno: I Wish I Had Time to Go on a Date! | Apolo Anton Ohno, Karina Smirnoff

Apolo Ohno Blogs: I Wish I Had Time to Go on a Date!

Originally posted 11/12/2012 06:05PM

Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. The ice-skating Olympian is now blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.

Last week, we were in the bottom two. I try so hard every single week, and I think I've really turned it up a notch since basically week five. Our fusion dance was actually one of my favorite dances. I love the paso, and the song was really strong. I thought the choreography was great. For me to feel comfortable enough to take my shirt off, I feel like it had to have been a really good moment.

It really sucks that we had to go first. Traditionally, in the history of Dancing with the Stars, nobody ever gets perfect scores going first. I don't know if it would have changed anything. I just wished we had been able to go a little bit later.

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Tony & Melissa Hit Their Stride on Dancing | Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani

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Dancing with the Stars: Tony Dovolani & Melissa Rycroft's Big Night

Originally posted 11/05/2012 10:35PM

It was a busy night on Dancing with the Stars Monday – but not for an injured Derek Hough.

The pro sat out this week's competition, in which the seven remaining couples performed a dance fusion and competed in a swing dance marathon. But Hough's partner Shawn Johnson was in good hands with her season 8 partner, Mark Ballas.

Keep reading to find out how they did in the dance fusion, which required the couples to blend two different styles during one song, and the four-minute swing marathon.

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Apolo Ohno: I'm Confident We Can Make It to DWTS Finals | Apolo Anton Ohno, Karina Smirnoff

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Apolo Ohno Blogs: I'm Confident We Can Make It to the DWTS Finals

Originally posted 11/05/2012 07:55AM

Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. The ice-skating Olympian will now be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.

I was nervous during Tuesday's elimination. I'm standing there next to Sabrina [Bryan], thinking about how she also had a perfect score and she's the overall highest scorer. She's just been so incredible. You never know who is going to go home.

When Sabrina was eliminated, it was tough. No one really knows what to say, and especially to someone who is such an incredible dancer. You never want to see anybody go home.

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Dancing Shocker: Sabrina Bryan Gets Country-Week Boot

Dancing with the Stars: Surprise Elimination in Country Week

Originally posted 10/30/2012 09:00PM

Country week on Dancing with the Stars has featured more emotions than, well, a country song.

But neither the first perfect 30s for Apolo Ohno and Sabrina Bryan, nor the injury-rebound performances by Shawn Johnson and Melissa Rycroft on Monday night could compare to Tuesday's surprises, including a shocking elimination. Read on for more.

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