Apolo Ohno Wants To Help You Breathe

Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated American winter athlete, wants you to know that if you have difficulty breathing during exercise, it may not mean you are out of shape, it may be a little-known condition called exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB).

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Diagnosed with EIB more than ten years ago, Ohno is speaking publicly for the first time about the impact of EIB on his short-track speed skating career.

EIB is a temporary narrowing of the airways during or after exercise that can make it difficult to breathe. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest tightness, trouble getting a deep breath, wheezing or noisy breathing, coughing, and decreased exercise endurance.

“Early in my career, I had difficulty breathing during workouts and my performance on the ice suffered,” said Ohno, who was first diagnosed with EIB in 2000 as he prepared to compete in Salt Lake City before an international audience. “It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with EIB and received the proper treatment that I was able to reach my peak performance. I hope that by bringing my experience to the forefront, I can encourage others with EIB to seek out a diagnosis and treatment strategy so that they too can pursue their dreams.”

Ohno is inviting others to share their EIB experiences by entering the EIB All Stars contest for a chance to meet him… entries may be submitted now through February 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST…the finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and their stories will be posted to the campaign website. The public can then vote online for the most inspirational story. The finalist receiving the most votes will win a trip for two to Los Angeles for a getaway weekend that includes dinner with Ohno.

For more information about EIB All Stars and full contest rules and regulations, please visit www.EIBAllStars.com.

As always,
Thanks for reading,
Delinda