Apolo Anton Ohno received an extra special 25th birthday gift Tuesday: The two-time Olympic medalist became the latest Dancing with the Stars champion.
"I feel amazing," the speed skater said after learning he'd won the competition, beating out singer Joey Fatone and boxer Laila Ali. "From day 1 I feel like everyone here has been champions."
"I'm so excited to see Apolo win," judge Carrie Ann Inaba told People magazine after the finale. "He took it so seriously. He truly mastered the dances. He was the best technical dancer. Apolo and Julianne brought a whole new energy to the dance floor. You never quite knew what they were going to do."
Runner-up Fatone kept up his signature good spirits saying he felt "like a winner" and calling the show "one of the best things I've ever done in my life."
Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who started the evening in third place, ended up in the same position after performing the mambo. When asked about balancing boxing and dancing, Ali said, "I think you can be strong and sexy and beautiful."
But not a winner. That honor now belongs to Ohno, as he follows in the footsteps if last year's champ, Emmitt Smith.
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