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Sometimes, life in the fast lane can leave you cold.

That can actually be a good thing. It certainly hasn’t been bad for Olympic gold medalist and speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, reputed to be the “fastest man on ice.”

Ohno is coming to air bases in August to promote the Extreme Summer ’04 program.

He began his career at the age of 13, when he was spotted speed skating at a rink in his hometown of Seattle by the coach of the U.S. National Speed Skating Team. Ohno then moved to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., to train full time. A year later — at just 14 — Ohno won the national overall title.

Ohno has since earned both gold and silver medals at the 2002 Olympics, received an endorsement contract from Nike and was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People for 2003. Ohno credits his father, extreme training and dedication for his success.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Air Force tours,” Ohno said. “I feel a similar connection with the Air Force in representing the United States, because I was a part of the Olympic Games and also through many international competitions. It will be an honor to meet all of these men and women who dedicate themselves to our country.”

To register for an Extreme Summer, visit The program is sponsored in part by Coca-Cola, Stars and Stripes, Walt Disney World Resorts, Exchange New Car Sales, Hockenheimring, Armed Forces Recreation Centers, Xbox, and NASCAR Speedway Children’s Charities.

Ohno will appear in Britain at RAF Mildenhall on Aug. 3, RAF Menwith Hill on Aug. 4, RAF Alconbury on Aug. 5, RAF Croughton on Aug. 6 and RAF Fairford on Aug. 7.

He will also appear at Stavanger, Norway, on Aug. 9 and AFRC Garmisch, Germany, on Aug. 10.

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