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.
NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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