He quickly emerged as a leading short-track skater. Away from home and his friends, Ohno rebelled against the rigors of training, choosing to eat pizza instead of complete required runs. Many believed Ohno would be a shoo-in for the 1998 U. Olympic team, but he made a disappointing showing at the Olympic trials.
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With diet and exercise, he lost more than 20 pounds and nearly doubled the amount of weight he could lift.
In peak physical condition, Ohno was able to defend his national title during the U. Olympic trials in September 2009 - and won the meet overall.
With his newly found dedication, Ohno went to become the overall champion at the 1999 Junior World Championships and at the 2000-2001 World Cup.
Making the 2002 Olympic team, he scored silver and gold at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In the 1,000-meter event, Ohno was injured when several skaters crashed, but he was able to complete the race to win a silver medal.
A disqualification led to his first gold medal, when a South Korean skater was found to have illegally blocked Ohno from passing him.
The next year, he placed first in the 500-meter race during the 2008 World Championships in South Korea, and he won his tenth national title in 2009.