U.S. Championships, Day 1

December 19, 2010

And…they’re off! Make sure to see Jerry Search’s photos from Day 1 Time Trials.

My information is that skating resumes at the Utah Olympic Oval today (Saturday) at 3p.m. Mountain Time…but don’t quote me on that.

Photo by Jerry Search

Kyle Uyehara skates his time trial at U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval this weekend. (Photo by Jerry Search)

Here’s the link to Jerry’s Facebook photo album. Enjoy!


Apolo Ohno interview with JavaOne

September 17, 2010


Those of you in the tech trades may already be planning on attending the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. If so, you might also be able to catch Apolo at OTN night.

In the meantime, here is an interview with Apolo and the JavaOne Blog.

Interview with Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno will drop in on OTN Night at JavaOne. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions in anticipation of his visit.

JavaOne Blog: Everyone remembers the image of you at the 2010 Olympics jumping over other skaters that were crashing. How did you keep your cool?

Apolo Ohno: For me – reacting to situations required years and years of preparation. The countless hours in pursuit of leaving no stones unturned – allowed my body/mind connection to be strong during each competition. Mental training, physical prep work all came together in 2010.

JavaOne Blog: High tech is a high-pressure business. How can people in high tech keep their cool in tense situations?

Apolo Ohno: I’m a firm believer in preparation and belief/confidence. These elements give us the ability to react differently than the norm in high tension. Having a calm mind but assertive in nature gives us the chance to fully understand the obstacles or challenges at hand. High tech people and the business has a lot to do with efficiency – how quickly and effectively can one overcome challenges and turn them into opportunities for us to grow…..clears minds=quality decisions.

JavaOne Blog: JavaOne is well-known for having intense sessions (lots of brain work) and lots of activities (great networking and parties), it’s sort of an endurance test. What can you recommend attendees do to keep their energy up for five long days of conference attendance?

Apolo Ohno: Eat frequently! Healthy choices, staying hydrated and of course sufficient sleep. You wouldn’t believe the studies we have seen both with athletics and the business world – regarding and how it can improve ones ability to better function.

JavaOne Blog: Do you have favorite places in San Francisco you are going to visit while you are here?

Apolo Ohno: Oh I love San Fran! I’ll let you guys take me out? I’m a huge foodie, and so I welcome the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of China Town! Being half Japanese, I love Asian food and culture…

JavaOne Blog: Do you consider yourself a wired kind of guy? If so, what technologies do you use?

Apolo Ohno: I’m wired!!!! iPad, iPhone, MacBook, etc technology has always played a role in my athletic career and outside….business ventures as well.

JavaOne Blog: Got to ask, what was the best part of being on Dancing with the Stars?

Apolo Ohno: The entire experience…..learned how to dance, and of course was surrounded beautiful women the entire show didn’t hurt either 🙂

JavaOne Blog: And the worst?

Apolo Ohno: The outfits.

JavaOne Blog: Do you skateboard? Is there any way we can get you on the half-pipe in front of Moscone Center?

Apolo Ohno: I don’t skateboard but I’m down for any challenge. If I can skate down a bobsled track and come out unscathed – I’m ready!

JavaOne Blog: We’re all excited about the future of Java. What’s in your future?

Apolo Ohno: Just finished writing a book – October 26th is the release date – “Zero Regrets,” I launched a nutritional supplement company, and am partnered on other ventures as well. Opportunity abound and I’m now focusing attention on the entertainment industry as well as film!

JavaOne Blog: Thank for your time. We look forward to seeing you at JavaOne.

Apolo Ohno: See you at OTN Night!

By the way Apolo, I have it on good authority San Franciscan’s hate it when you say ‘San Fran’ (or the more offensive ‘Frisco’), so you might want to avoid that. Don’t believe me? Check this out…
(WARNING: For those who have never ‘experienced’ Eddie Izzard, be warned that he’s a bit ‘fashion forward’ in addition to the strong language. I always find him to be highly amusing…but that’s me…)


Jessica Smith

September 16, 2010


Jessica has a new website, complete with photos, biography, Paypal donation button and blog.

Check it out!


No doubt Jessica will also be at American Cup 1 too. All the best Jessica, Good Luck to you!

Justin Macala photo shoot with Allison Baver

September 10, 2010

Allison just posted several photos on her Facebook page, photographed by Justin Macala. (…and let’s just say, the guys of the world will not be disappointed…)

I chose to post what I thought was one of the nicest photos of Allison, in a general sense (the guys will no doubt disagree I’m sure, LOL) and I hope Allison and Justin don’t mind me snagging a photo off of Facebook to spread the word.

(Believe me, it’s the gals that get the most search engine requests.
Usually with tags like ‘Sexy Allison Baver’…or ‘Hot Katherine Reutter’).

There are some folks who will be VERY happy today!


Photo by Justin Macala

Lookin’ Good Allison.

To see the rest of the photo shoot, go here:

Allison also posted photos from her ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition’ experience:

ALSO: Don’t forget to visit Allison’s website:

Oh My, J.R. Celski…

September 8, 2010

This is a fan blog about J.R. Celski.
Carmina Chung has some lovely photos of her meet and greet with J.R.

Photo by Carmina Chung

Here’s the blog site:

And here is the link to more of her photos of J.R. Celski:

ALSO: (Yes, I accepted the mission) Don’t forget to add J.R.’s ‘M.A.D. Northwest’ blog to your favorites list.

Follow on twitter and Facebook too!

(J.R…ya need some help with the graphics on the site. Hey, I’m just sayin’…)

City to host championships for world’s top speed skaters

September 8, 2010

Published Date: 06 September 2010
By Jeni Harvey

HUNDREDS of the world’s best skaters are set to come to Sheffield as the city has been selected to host the 2011 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
More than 200 skaters from 34 countries, including Great Britain’s Jon Eley, will compete in the championships which run from March 11 to 13.

It is the first time the competition, which will take place at Sheffield Arena, has been held in England for 10 years.

National Ice Skating Association (NISA) chief executive Keith Horton said: “We have a commitment to bringing sporting events to this country to show that our facilities are up there with the best in the world. We are very much looking forward to working with the city of Sheffield and our partners once again.

“NISA has assembled an experienced organizing committee who are already working hard on the entire pre-event organization.

“We are confident that these championships will be of the highest standard possible and will be most memorable for everyone involved.”

The European Figure Skating Championships – the third largest figure skating competition in the world – will also be staged at Sheffield Arena in 2012.

Steve Brailey, chief executive of SIV, the organization that runs the Arena, said: “It is a credit to both the SIV team and the city that NISA chooses our venues so often for its international events. The first-class facilities on offer at the Motorpoint Arena will provide an excellent venue for a competition of this caliber.

“It’s another opportunity for SIV to have a positive economic impact on the city and will also be a boost to Sheffield’s tourism industry attracting hundreds of skaters, coaches and families from around the world.”

Deloitte Inspiration: Pt. 3 – Speech by Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno

September 6, 2010


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