Viktor Ahn

Viktor Ahn

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Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea

Viktor Ahn is a retired South Korean-born Russian short-track-speed-skater from Moscow, Russia. Moreover, Viktor also has six Olympic gold medals and six world championships to his credit. Furthermore, Viktor also established himself as one of the top performers in his sport’s history.

Early Life

Viktor Ahn was born in Seoul, South Korea on November 23, 1985. Viktor’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he is currently 35 years old. Moreover, Viktor’s real birth name is Ahn Hyun-soo. Despite borning in South Korea, Viktor holds Russian nationality after he married his wife and moved to Russia. Viktor’s father’s name is Ahn Ki-Won and but his mother’s name is not available at the moment. Viktor lived in South Korea until 2011 but later he moved to Russia and held Russian nationality since 2011. Besides that, there is no more information regarding Viktor’s mother, siblings, and early childhood life. Looking at Viktor’s success, we can assume that he was well raised by his parents in his hometown.

Viktor Ahn studied at his local school in his hometown. Besides that, there is not much detailed information regarding Viktor’s educational life. Moreover, looking at Viktor’s success, we can assume that he studied at a well-known University in his hometown.

Professional life

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Caption: Viktor Ahn competing at the tournament (Source: RT)

Viktor Ahn started skating in 1993 during his first year at a primary school. During the 1994 Winter Olympics, Chae Ji-hoon became Viktor’s hero after he watched the sport on television for the first time. Moreover, the three-time Olympic gold medalist Kim Ki-hoon scouted Viktor and trained him. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Viktor participated and made it to the finals of the 1,000-meter short course event. However, After a contentious fall involving Apolo Ohno, Li Jiajun, and Mathieu Turcotte, Viktor was left without a medal. Viktor won the world junior short track title in 2002, and in the same year, he placed second behind Kim Dong-sung in his first senior-level world championship race. During the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 seasons, Viktor finished first in the overall World Cup rankings.

Viktor won gold medals in the 1,500 m and 1000 m events at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Moreover, Viktor also set a new Olympic record of 1:26.739 in the 1000 m. Furthermore, Viktor also took up a bronze medal in the 500-meter dash. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Viktor won the 5,000 m relay and defended Olympic champion Canada on the final lap. Moreover, Viktor won four medals at the 2006 Games. Viktor won both the 1,000 m and 1,500 m events and became the overall world champion with 68 points at the 2006 World Championships in Minneapolis. Viktor also won his fifth world championship at the 2007 World Championships held in Milan, Italy. However, Viktor did not participate in many tournaments due to a fractured knee. In the 2010s, Viktor did not qualify and finished 7th in overall points during the South Korean national team trials.

As a Russian Citizen

Viktor competed as a Russian citizen at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Moreover, Viktor was the leader in the 3,000 meters for the 2011–2012 season and also the leader of the 5,000-meter relay team event. Additionally, Viktor won the bronze medal in the 1,500 m event at the 2014 Winter Olympics. After that, Viktor won the first Russian gold medal in short track, winning the 1,000 m event. Viktor then coached short track for Russia and continued skating after the 2014 Olympics. Moreover, Viktor also won the bronze in 500 m and the silver in 500 m relay at the 2017 European Championships.

In 2018, Viktor also won a silver medal in the 500 m at the 2018 European Championships. Furthermore, Viktor planned to retire after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. However, Viktor missed the Olympics due to the alleged sports doping scandals in Russia. Moreover, Viktor announced his retirement in September 2018 and moved back to South Korea.

Achievements and Net Worth

From 2003 to 2007, Viktor Ahn won five gold medals in a row at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships. Moreover, Viktor also added 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 in the Olympics Games representing South Korea and Russia.

Viktor Ahn has garnered a huge amount of money as a Short track speed skater for South Korea and Russia. According to online sources, the estimated net worth of Viktor is around $2 million US dollars. However, there is no information about Viktor’s salary.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Viktor Ahn with his wife Woo Na-ri and daughter Jane Ahn (Source: Instagram)

Viktor Ahn married an ethnic Korean Russian citizen Woo Na-ri and received Russian citizenship in 2014. Moreover, Viktor’s wife belonged to his fan club. Furthermore, Viktor also stated that his wife’s love and care helped him adapt to Russia. Additionally, Viktor and Woo have a daughter named Jane Ahn. With his daughter, Viktor guest-starred on the South Korean variety show The Return of Superman.

Viktor Ahn’s father had heated arguments with the vice president of the Korean Skating Union after the 2006 World Championships. During the argument, Viktor’s father claimed the coach did not associate with him and conspired with other skaters to prevent Viktor from winning the title. Moreover, Viktor’s father also that due to lack of support from the South Korean skating association Viktor moved to Russia after his marriage. According to many newspapers, The South Korean people and media editors were outraged by the skating federation’s conduct after Viktor’s departure from South Korea and his participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Body Measurement and Social media

Viktor Ahn stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 65 Kg. Viktor has black hair and black eyes. Besides that, there is no further information about Viktor’s other body measurements.

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Caption: Viktor Ahn body measurement (Source: The Korea Herald)

Viktor Ahn is pretty active on the social media platform Instagram. However, there aren’t other official accounts of Viktor on other social media platforms. Viktor’s Instagram @go2v has over 56.5 thousand followers.

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