Speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno told us he had a great time with Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino over dinner Thursday at Buddakan (325 Chestnut). The pair were part of a larger party in a secluded area of the restaurant.
During Thursday’s game against the Nationals, Ohno stood atop the Phillies dugout and presented the Phillie Phanatic with his NLCS ring. The most decorated winter Olympian in history, Ohno spoke Thursday at La Salle Academy, where students from several other schools were bused in, on behalf of Century Council, denouncing drunk driving and underage drinking. He also visited the nearby St. Michael’s Parish. “I just try to talk to the kids about making positive, healthy, active decisions in their lives. I try and lead through examples and discuss my experiences and obstacles with them,” Ohno told us Friday evening.
Ohno was excited to catch up with John Schaeffer, his strength and conditioning coach, who lives near Reading. The pair, who hadn’t seen each other since the Vancouver Olympic Games planned to hang around town for most of the weekend. Ohno told us he hasn’t been home since the games. By home he means several places. He calls Seattle his home, but trains in Salt Lake City and lives also in Los Angeles.
The “Dancing With The Stars” champion says it’s “still too early to tell” who will win this season of the ABC hit series, but he has been “keeping tabs on things.” He’s pulling for Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and NFL star Chad Ochocinco. “Anyone who’s an athlete is going to do well, because they have the determination and drive,” said Ohno, who has only put on a pair of skates once since Vancouver, at a promotional event at New York’s Rockefeller Center.