Viktor Ahn is a South Korean-born Russian retired short track speed skater from Moscow, Russia. In addition, Viktor has six Olympic gold medals and six world championships to his credit. In addition, Viktor also established himself as one of the top achievers in the history of his sport.
Viktor Ahn was born in Seoul, South Korea Nov. 23, 1985. Viktor’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he is currently 35 years old. Also, Viktor’s real birth name is Ahn Hyun-soo. Despite being born in South Korea, Viktor holds Russian citizenship after marrying his wife and moving to Russia. Viktor’s father’s name is Ahn Ki-Won and his mother’s name is not available at the moment. Viktor lived in South Korea until 2011, but later moved to Russia and has held Russian citizenship since 2011. Also, there is no further information about Viktor’s mother, siblings and life in his early childhood. Considering Viktor’s success, we can assume that he was brought up well by his parents in his hometown.
Viktor Ahn studied at his local school in his hometown. Apart from that, there is not much detailed information about Viktor’s educational life. In addition, given Viktor’s success, we can assume that he studied at a prestigious university in his hometown.
Viktor Ahn started skating in 1993 during his freshman year at an elementary school. During the 1994 Winter Olympics, Chae Ji-hoon became Viktor’s hero after seeing the sport on television for the first time. In addition, three-time Olympic gold medalist Kim Ki-hoon has scouted and trained Viktor. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Viktor competed and reached the final of the 1,000-meter short course event. However, Viktor was left without a medal after a controversial crash involving Apolo Ohno, Li Jiajun and Mathieu Turcotte. Viktor won the junior short track world title in 2002 and that same year he finished second to Kim Dong-sung in his first world championship race at senior level. In the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 seasons, Viktor ranked first in the overall World Cup rankings.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Viktor won gold medals in the 1,500m and 1,000m. Viktor also set a new Olympic record in the 1,000m with a time of 1:26.739. In addition, Viktor also won a bronze medal in the 500 meter dash. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Viktor won the 5,000m relay, defending Olympic champion Canada in the final round. In addition, Viktor won four medals at the 2006 Games. Viktor won both the 1,000m and 1,500m and became overall world champion with 68 points at the 2006 World Championships in Minneapolis. Viktor also won his fifth world title at the 2007 World Championships in Milan, Italy. However, due to a broken knee, Viktor did not participate in many tournaments. In the 2010s, Viktor did not qualify and finished 7th in the total score in the South Korean national team trials.
As a Russian citizen
As a citizen of Russia, Viktor took part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Additionally, in the 2011–2012 season, Viktor was the leader in the 3,000 meter dash and also the leader in the 5,000 meter relay. Viktor also won the bronze medal in the 1,500m at the 2014 Winter Olympics. After that, Viktor won the first Russian gold medal in the short distance, winning the 1,000 m dash. Viktor then coached short track for Russia and continued skating after the 2014 Olympics. Viktor also won bronze in the 500m and silver in the 500m relay at the 2017 European Championships.
In 2018, Viktor also won a silver medal in the 500m at the 2018 European Championships. Also, Viktor was planning to retire after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. However, Viktor missed the Olympics because of the alleged sports doping scandals in Russia. Also, in September 2018, Viktor announced his retirement and moved back to South Korea.
achievements and fortune
From 2003 to 2007, Viktor Ahn won five consecutive gold medals at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships. In addition, Viktor also won a gold medal at the 2014 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Viktor also won six gold medals and two bronze medals at the Olympics, representing South Korea and Russia.
Viktor Ahn made a lot of money as a short track speed skater for South Korea and Russia. According to online sources that estimated net worth by Viktor is around 2 million US dollars. However, there is no information about Viktor’s salary.
Viktor Ahn married an ethnic Korean-Russian citizen Woo Na-ri and received Russian citizenship in 2014. In addition, Viktor’s wife belonged to his fan club. In addition, Viktor stated that his wife’s love and care helped him adapt to Russia. Also, Viktor and Woo have a daughter named Jane Ahn. Viktor guest-starred with his daughter on the South Korean variety show The Return of Superman.
Viktor Ahn’s father had a heated argument with the Vice President of the Korean Skating Association after the 2006 World Championships. During the argument, Viktor’s father claimed the coach had nothing to do with him and was conspiring with other skaters to prevent Viktor from winning the title. Additionally, Viktor’s father said that Viktor moved to Russia after his marriage due to lack of support from the South Korean Skating Federation. According to many newspapers, the South Korean people and media editors were outraged by the behavior of the skating federation following Viktor’s departure from South Korea and his participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
body measurement and social media
Viktor Ahn is waiting 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 65 kg. Viktor has black hair and black eyes. Apart from that, there is no further information about Viktor’s other body measurements.
Viktor Ahn is quite active on the social media platform Instagram. However, there are no other official accounts of Viktor on other social media platforms. Viktors Instagram @go2v has over 56.5k followers.