Apolo Anton Ohno talks about the 'Dancing With The Stars' eliminations - See video
Spoiler alert! Apolo Anton Ohno's "Dancing With The Stars" experience was different the second time around.
During Ohno's first time on the competition series, he was paired with Julianne Hough and the two ended up the champions of season four. This time around, Ohno and Karina Smirnoff gave it their best shot, but the Olympic gold medalist is walking away from "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars" without the mirror ball trophy.
Ohno and former NFL player Emmitt Smith were booted from the ballroom on Tuesday, November 20, just before the show's final round. Although Ohno and Smirnoff are look back on their experience together with smiles, the two expressed some sadness about missing each other as well.
"I'm smiling now, but it's not waking up and going to the studio tomorrow and you know coming up with ideas and seeing his face every day, that's the hardest part," Smirnoff told OTRC.com after the pair's elimination on Tuesday. "The mirror ball is obviously absolutely awesome and we would do our everything to have it. But it's the journey, the ending of the journey that's hard to take, you know?"
"I think we came out every single week and we gave our hearts, we gave our souls and we put in so much hard work that no matter what the scores were, no matter what the result was going to be, I was proud of what we accomplished and I was proud of what we made together," Ohno added. "And, to me, that's what being a champion is."
During their final performance, Ohno and Smirnoff received 27 out of 30 points from the judges for their "Big Top" Jazz and 30 out of 30 points for their Rumba. Smirnoff continued to remark about how important and rewarding Apolo's journey as a dancer during the season was to her and what she'll miss most about their time together in the ballroom.
"This friendship, this chemistry, this experience, memories," she said. "For me to see Apolo grow emotionally through this journey and allow me to enter his world and pull whatever I wanted to pull out of him was the biggest reward I could ask for."
"I mean the last rumba -- I know I'm going to keep it on my TV forever," she added.
Ohno admitted the two had struggles and challenges during the season but explained that the two came out better for it.
"Overall it was an amazing experience," Ohno said. "We faced so many challenges, so many obstacles and sometimes struggles but every single time we met them and we overcame them and I think that makes us better and I think that it makes us stronger."
"I think for both of us this is not the end. This is only the beginning," he added. "It's another chapter in hopefully a very long and fruitful career in life and it's exciting."
Next week is the finals! Who will win it all? Vote in our poll below.Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, who produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).