updated 10/28/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/28/2012 AT 6:25 PM ET
Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. The ice-skating Olympian will now be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.
Everything about this week’s dance is new to me. It’s a new dance, new style of dance, new music, everything. Country is new to me, too, and that’s the theme.
We’re doing the Viennese Waltz to “Skin” by Rascal Flatts. I feel a lot better going into this dance than last week. I think last week, we were going in the right direction, but Karina [Smirnoff] and I were going through some issues. We see each other every single day and it makes things difficult sometimes. At the end of the dance, I don’t think we were as connected as we normally are. Technically, the dance was good, but it wasn’t my best.
Going into this week’s competition, I told Karina, “Let’s clear the air. Let’s get back on track and find new inspiration.” We went out, we talked, we had a good time. I told her we should treat every week like it’s our last. I want to just forget about the scores and the comments, and use the criticism as constructive. I know for me, that means emotionally showing a different side that perhaps people haven’t seen.