Originally Posted by cwilson
. That's assuming that Apolo is straight.
APOLO SKATES ON WITHOUT PARTNER
By MICHAEL STARR
May 24, 2007 --
FIRST things first: "Dancing with the Stars" champ Apolo Anton Ohno says there's no truth to rumors he's hooked up with dancing partner Julianne Hough.
"There's nothing to that," Ohno said yesterday. "Our relationship was strictly professional. It was sometimes goofy, but was strictly professional.
"We had great chemistry on the dance floor, which is why people think [we're romantically involved]," he said.
"It meant I was doing my job [as a dancer]."
Ohno, the Olympic gold-medal speedskater, won Tuesday's "Dancing" finale, beating Laila Ali and Joey Fatone to claim the disco-ball trophy on his 25th birthday.
He didn't have much time to celebrate his victory - he, Ali and Fatone caught a red-eye to New York for a round of TV appearances - but he celebrated his continued success on the show Monday night, he said.
"I had an unbelievable dinner with family and friends . . . and felt like I had already won to be able to come that far in the competition," he said.
"I got to glow and to show off my personality more and show a different side of myself [on the show]," he said. "It's a side of me the public doesn't get to see.
"There's much more to me than the athlete."
Ohno has already won five Olympic medals, and is planning to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
And he said his "Dancing" visibility has opened other doors for him - including show business possibilities.
"There are some really cool doors that have opened for me because of the show that I never thought possible," he said. "We're looking to see what's the right fit . . . there are a lot of things to work on in film and TV.
"We had discussions before ['Dancing'] about doing other things, but this definitely gave it a little boost," he said.
"It shows that I can be more of an entertainer and that I'm very comfortable on TV.
"I could be that crossover [personality]."http://www.nypost.com/seven/05242007...hael_starr.htm