Viktor Ahn, also known as Ahn Hyun-Soo, won three Olympic gold medals for South Korea, but he now skates for Russia. Ahn won those gold medals in Torino, but he failed to qualify for the 2010 Games because of injury and the depth of a strong South Korean short track team. He was granted Russian citizenship and opted to race for them in 2014 rather than South Korea and changed his name to Viktor. The veteran skater had a strong 2012-2013 season in which he had three individual first place finishes on the World Cup circuit. His 2013-2014 season was successful also. He finished second in the overall World Cup standings and first for the 500m. Ahn won bronze in the 1500m, Russia's first short track medal, and gold in the 500m, 1000m and relay in Sochi.
- 2014 Olympic Games- finished first in the 500m, 1000m and relay, and third in the 1500m
- 2014 World Cup- first in the overall standings for the 500m and second in the 1000m
- 2013 World Championships- second in the 500m
- 2013 World Cup- second in the overall standings for the 1000m and 15000m
- 2006 Olympic Games- gold in the 1000m, 1500m, and 5000m relay and bronze in the 500m
Things to know:
1. Favorite hobby is shopping
2. Says he chose the name Viktor in part because of Korean-Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoy.
3. Was the main rival of American short track skater, Apolo Ohno.