Decorated Athletes Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson Turn to Physical Rivalry to Settle Taste Dispute

December 30, 2009

GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ — First it was bringing home the gold, then it became about a disco ball trophy on TV and now two hyper-competitive athletes find themselves in stiff competition over a shared childhood favorite – Nestle Crunch.

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Shortly after the bar’s recipe was changed, two of America’s favorite gold medalists, Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson, settled on differing ingredients that they believe make the beloved candy bar so delicious. Their competitive natures have turned a difference of opinion into a head-to-head challenge captured on video and posted on their websites. The videos showcase jaw-dropping athletic challenges in which Shawn and Apolo take their disagreement about the new recipe to a physical competition. The videos have become an online sensation, receiving more than one million combined views.

“Shawn and I have great chemistry, despite our differing opinions and highly competitive nature,” said speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno. “When we learned there was a new Nestle Crunch recipe, we both quickly took a stance and decided to settle this in person in true sports fashion at my training center in Utah.”

For each competition, Apolo and Shawn took turns showcasing their athletic prowess in speed and acrobatics, while documenting it for the world to see.

“Everyone knows that Nestle Crunch has always been about the crispies and now they are even crunchier,” said gymnast Shawn Johnson. “My good friend, Apolo, seems to think the chocolate makes the bar, but I know it’s the crispies. No joke, we’ve been going back and forth about this for weeks!”

“I think I proved my point,” said Ohno. “But Shawn is still talking about those crispies. So we might have to go one more round to settle this once and for all when we see each other again in the New Year.”

A two-time overall World Cup Champion and 12-time U.S. Champion in short-track speedskating, Apolo Anton Ohno, is preparing to make U.S. history in Vancouver, Canada this coming February. One of the greatest winter athletes of all-time, Ohno launched onto the scene in 2002 in Salt Lake City, with his gold and silver medal wins and signature wavy hair and bandana. Shortly after adding more medal hardware to his collection in Torino, Italy in 2006, Ohno went on to compete and win the fourth season of the hit reality show, “Dancing with the Stars.” He’s since become the face of short-track speedskating around the globe and has also gone onto become a household name throughout the United States.

Shawn Johnson has reached similar heights on the international stage as a four-time medalist in Beijing, World All Around Champion and two-time U.S. All Around Champion in gymnastics. Shawn was one of the most successful gymnasts in American history at the age sixteen. Shawn has become an athlete favorite with fans of all ages for showing grace under pressure in competition and a winning smile, which she proudly wore during her win on the eighth season of “Dancing with the Stars.” As she contemplates competing through 2012, Shawn is finishing her high school studies and applying to colleges.

To learn more about one of America’s favorite chocolate bars, visit NestleCrunch.com or check out the Nestle Crunch Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NestleCrunch.

About Nestle USA

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