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Apolo Ohno plans to do Ironman World Championships

Apolo Anton Ohno

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2010 file photo, USA’s Apolo Anton Ohno holds up eight fingers, representing the number of medals he has won, after the U.S. won the bronze medal for the men’s 5000m relay short track skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ohno is still pondering a final run at the Olympics. With barely a year to go until the Sochi Games, the most decorated U.S. winter athlete is weighing what role he wants to play in 2014. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

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Apolo Ohno is taking on a new challenge in retirement, one of the greatest challenges in sports.

The most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian ever is training to compete in the World Ironman Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October.

Ohno will attempt to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a marathon back to back to back. Ohno, 31, won eight Olympic medals from 2002 to 2010 never skating at an individual distance greater than 1500m.

The world’s best athletes take more than eight hours to complete an Ironman. Ohno’s longest short track races took a few minutes.

“I’m still not entirely sure I can grasp the difficulty of this,” Ohno told The Associated Press.

Retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay entered last year’s World Ironman Championships.

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