In 1994, 12-year-old Apolo Ohno watched the speed skaters at the Lillehammer Olympics with rapt interest. Bearing a first name that translates from Greek into "steering away from" ("Ap") and "look out, here he comes" ("lo"), the preteen seemed destined for a future in the fast and competitive sport. Three years later, under the tutelage of
The soul-patched phenom is back in Vancouver for what might be his adieu from the sport at the ripe old age of 27. He's left quite an impression in more than just the ice. Last weekend he collected his seventh medal -- the bronze, in the 1,000-meter short-track -- to become the most decorated American Winter Olympian (two gold, two silver, and three bronze) of all time. But all that hard-earned weight hasn't gone to his head. "I never came into these Olympic games to break records," he told Time last week. "I do this sport because I love it."