After hanging up his blades four years ago, world-champion speedskating legend Apolo Ohno is making his athletic comeback. This time, the eight-time medalist has teamed up with the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign to take on a training and recovery journey that will culminate at the world’s most grueling endurance race: the IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon – a 140.6-mile swim-bike-run event in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i. Ohno will be challenged to translate his speed and power to a brand new sport, carrying the torch for football legend Hines Ward who successfully put his athleticism and determination to the test at the iconic race last year.
Ohno’s transformational journey will be captured in an eight-episode online documentary series, Mission Apolo: BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK that will show his highs and lows as he builds from short-course competitor to a long-course endurance athlete. Fans will be able to watch Ohno’s inspiring – and entertaining – journey on www.gotchocolatemilk.com and will get an inside look at how building an effective recovery routine, including chocolate milk – the Official Refuel Beverage of some of the most prominent sports organizations and teams in the world including the IRONMAN® triathlon series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, USA Hockey and Women’s Ski Jumping USA – plays a critical role in his success.“For the past 20 years, recovery has been the number one element in my training because that’s where you rebound and how your body heals,” said Ohno. “Anyone can perform well for one workout, but to do it repeatedly is the difficult part. Recovery, with the help of chocolate milk, is what’s kept me in the game. That’s why I’m so excited to team up with BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK to take on this challenge because as an athlete, I know you can train and perform only as hard and as fast as you recover. It’s time to really put my recovery ritual to the test while training for my biggest race yet. I’ve always had tremendous respect for endurance athletes and now it’s my turn to push myself. It’ll be tough but I’ve never been one to back away from a challenge.”
“Apolo is in for one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of his life,” said football star-turned triathlete Hines Ward, who finished the 2013 GoPro IRONMAN World Championship in 13 hours and 8 minutes. “I wish him all the best – but if he beats my time I may just have to come back and give it another try!”