Viktor Ahn

Viktor Ahn

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:23 Nov,1985
:33 years, 9 months
:Seoul, Seoul, South Korea

About Viktor Ahn

Viktor Ahn (born November 23, 1985), also known as Ahn Hyun-soo and Victor An, is a Korean-born Russian short track speed skating athlete. After competing for South Korea since childhood, in 2011 he became a Russian citizen and now races for the Russian team. One of the most accomplished short track speed skaters of all time, Ahn won three gold medals and a bronze medal in 2006 Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy, becoming the most successful athlete there. He has also won three gold medals and one bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia. He is also a six-time Overall World Champion for 2003–2007 and 2014.

Russian Team:

After winning gold in Sochi, Ahn explained his reasons for joining the Russian team saying, "I wanted to train in the best possible environment and I proved my decision was not wrong." As expected, a gold-winning athlete leaving the national team caused public uproar in South Korea. However, it was aimed not at Ahn, but at the country's skating union. Most South Korean fans in a poll said they understood Ahn's decision.Ahn received the The Order For Merit to the Fatherland Award 4th class with Russian President Vladimir Putin handing the state awards.

2002 Olympics:

He participated in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, making the finals of the 1000 meter short course event but returned home without a medal after a controversial fall involving Apolo Ohno, Li Jiajun and Mathieu Turcotte allowed Australian Steve Bradbury to sweep the gold medal.

Viktor Ahn Achievements


World Championship:

2014 Overall

2007 Overall

2006 Overall

2005 Overall

2004 Overall

2003 Overall

World Cup:

2006 Overall

2004 Overall

Personal best(s):

500 m: 40.515 (2014)

1000 m: 1:23.487(2013)

1500 m: 2:10.639 (2003, Former WR)

3000 m: 4:32.646 (2003, Former WR)