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South Koreans lash out at skating officials after Victor Ahn’s Russian gold

Feb 16, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

Sochi Olympics Short Track Speedskating AP

Olympic short track legend Victor Ahn, who won three gold medals for South Korea at the 2006 Torino Olympics as Ahn Hyun-Soo but switched allegiance to Russia in 2011, took the gold yesterday in the 1000m.

And the citizens in his native country are far from pleased about it.

According to Reuters, Korea’s skating union has been attacked by fans and media members alike in the wake of Ahn’s victory.

Furthermore, South Korea’s president, Park Gyun-hye, has now given orders to find how Ahn fell out with the union and wound up competing under the Russian flag.

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Interesting to note is that, unlike the union, Ahn himself has taken little heat for his decision to compete for Russia.

A Korean teacher’s comments that were run in local media would appear to represent the fans’ thoughts: “I am glad to see Ahn smiling, but somebody has got to explain why he is holding a Russian flag.”

Last night, Ahn explained that he sought, in his words, “to train in the best possible environment and I proved my decision was not wrong.”

He also may have foreshadowed a future reveal of the details behind his departure from the South Korean team.

“I will share everything I had in mind after Sochi is over,” he said.

Two words: Stay tuned.

  1. doctorrustbelt - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Classy Champion.

    I am old school and don’t like the “change national allegience” to play stuff… but… Ahn proved that some athletes get screwed over by federations/coaches.

    Oh… by the way… let me give a shout out to Marai Nagasu.

  2. The World Of Nails - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Screw them Viktor, you go skate for Russia!!!! The Korean’s just got bit in the ass by karma and have no one but themselves to blame!!!

  3. bellerophon30 - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    The rules are probably too loose……but as long as they are, I’ll never blame the Victor Ahn’s of the world for playing by them.

    That said, if he’s representing Germany or someone like them in 2018, that would be worthy of loud complaint. One switch is enough.

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