updated 11/11/2012 AT 6:05 PM ET
•originally published 11/12/2012 AT 6:05 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 is now blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.
Last week, we were in the bottom two. I try so hard every single week, and I think I’ve really turned it up a notch since basically week five. Our fusion dance was actually one of my favorite dances. I love the paso, and the song was really strong. I thought the choreography was great. For me to feel comfortable enough to take my shirt off, I feel like it had to have been a really good moment.
It really sucks that we had to go first. Traditionally, in the history of Dancing with the Stars, nobody ever gets perfect scores going first. I don’t know if it would have changed anything. I just wished we had been able to go a little bit later.