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Victor An

Russia

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTRUS12311198501
NOCRussia
Born23 Nov 1985 in Seoul 
GenderMen
Marital statusMarried
FamilyWife Woo Na-Ri, daughter Jane [2015]
Other namesAhn Hyun-Soo
ResidenceNovogorsk, RUS
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesKorean, Russian
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.334 05 Nov 2016 Calgary  
    1000m 1:23.487 10 Nov 2013 Turin  
    1500m 2:10.639 24 Oct 2003 Marquette, MI  
    3000m 4:39.485 22 Jan 2005 Innsbruck  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    500m 1   1  
    1000m 2      
    1500m 1   1  
    5000m Relay 2      
World Championships
Event  
World Championships
    500m   1 2  
    1000m 4 3    
    1500m 4   1  
    5000m Relay 4 2    
    Overall 6 1    
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Overall 1      
World Team Championships
Event  
World Team Championships
    Team 2 2 1  
European Championships
Event  
European Championships
    5000m Relay 3 1    
    Overall 1 1    
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/go2v  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamCentral Army Sports Club [CSKA]: Russia  
Name of coachAndrey Maximov [national], RUS; Alexander Gertsikov [personal], RUS  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in his first year of primary school.  
Reason for choosing this sportHe was inspired by the performance of Korean short track skater Chae Ji-Hoon at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, and asked his parents if he could begin practising. A coach also suggested the sport to him.  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursIn 2014 he received GQ magazine's Athlete of the Year award in the Russian Federation. (dni.ru, 17 Sep 2014)

He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (infosport.ru, 25 Dec 2013)
 
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang before retiring from competition. (hankookilbo.com, 18 Mar 2016)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning his first winter Olympic gold medal at the 2006 Games in Turin, and winning four medals at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
Most influential person in careerHis family. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
Other informationFIRSTS
His victory in the 1000m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi made him the first male short track skater to win four Olympic gold medals. He also finished top of the 2013/14 World Cup rankings for the 500m, becoming the first Russian short track skater to win a World Cup title. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Feb 2014; sovsport.ru, 17 Nov 2013)

MOVE FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Initially competing for the Republic of Korea, he decided to change his nationality after he did not qualify for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. He was given Russian citizenship in 2011, and hopes to continue representing the nation up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He also wants to coach Russian short track skaters in the future. "Russia offered me the best conditions from all possible options. I came as I needed a good atmosphere to train in calmly, and I found it here." (washingtonpost.com, 17 Feb 2014; aif.ru, 24 Dec 2013; sovsport.ru, 14 Nov 2013; sport-express.ru, 09 Sep 2013)

LANGUAGE ISSUES
Although he speaks Russian, he prefers to use an interpreter for interviews. "Our team is one family. Everyone helps me if I have any questions. I still feel a bit shy [talking in Russian]. I can understand everything but I am not confident enough to give a long interview." (sovsport.ru, 14 Nov 2013; sport-express.ru, 09 Sep 2013)

FAMOUS NAME
He chose Victor as his Russian name in honour of Korean-Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi, and also because it is similar to the word 'victory'. (washingtonpost.com, 17 Feb 2014)
 
InjuriesHe missed the 2015/16 season due to knee problems. Having decided to postpone surgery until he retires, he focused on increasing the muscles in his legs in order to relieve the pain in his knees. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 18 Mar 2016; yonhapnews.co.kr, 18 Mar 2016)

In 2008 he crashed into a wall during training and suffered a knee injury that nearly ended his career. He underwent four operations over the course of 15 months but, despite having recovered in time to compete, he was not selected for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017; washingtonpost.com, 17 Feb 2014; koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com, 30 Dec 2011)
 
HobbiesWatching movies, listening to music, reading books about psychology, travelling, shopping, cars, sports. (russkating.ru, 16 Jan 2014; NOC Media Guide, 2014; championat.com, 17 Feb 2013)  
Hero / IdolSwiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"No pain, no gain." (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2002/2003 World Championships 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Championships 1000m1  
    2001/2002 World Junior Championships Overall1  
    2002/2003 World Championships Overall1  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1000m1  
    2005/2006 World Championships 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Championships Overall1  
    2003/2004 World Championships 1500m1  
    2003/2004 World Championships Overall1  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall1  
    2004/2005 World Championships 1500m1  
    2003/2004 World Championships 1000m1  
    2004/2005 World Championships Overall1  
    2006/2007 World Championships Overall1  
    2006 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m1  
    2013/2014 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m Relay1  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m1  
    2013/2014 European Championships Overall1  
    2001/2002 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2002/2003 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2003/2004 World Team Championships Team1  
    2006/2007 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2005/2006 World Team Championships Team1  
    2003/2004 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 European Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2006 Olympic Games 5000m Relay1  
    2002/2003 World Championships 1000m2  
    2001/2002 World Championships Overall2  
    2001/2002 World Championships 1000m2  
    2004/2005 World Championships 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m2  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall2  
    2002/2003 World Team Championships Team2  
    2006/2007 World Team Championships Team2  
    2004/2005 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 European Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1500m3  
    2004/2005 World Championships 500m3  
    2006/2007 World Championships 500m3  
    2006 Olympic Games 500m3  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m3  
    2001/2002 World Team Championships Team3  
    2003/2004 World Championships 500m4  
    2002 Olympic Games 1000m4  
    2005/2006 World Championships 500m4  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m4  
    2013/2014 World Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2016/2017 World Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m4  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m4  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m4  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall4  
    2005/2006 World Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2014/2015 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m5  
    2011/2012 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall6  
    2002/2003 World Championships 500m7  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m7  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1000m8  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall8  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall9  
    2001/2002 World Championships 1500m10  
    2001/2002 World Championships 500m12  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m13  
    2002 Olympic Games 1500m13  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m19  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m42  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2003/2004 World Cup 1000m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1500m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Overall1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Overall1  
    2005/2006 World Cup 500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Changchun 1000m1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Chuncheon 1000m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Harbin 1000m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Harbin 3000m1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Chuncheon 500m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Spisska Nova Ves 3000m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup The Hague 500m1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Bormio 3000m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Mlada Boleslav 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup The Hague Overall1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Harbin 1000m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Marquette, MI 1000m1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Chuncheon 1500m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Jeonju 1500m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Mlada Boleslav Overall1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Beijing 1500m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Beijing 3000m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Beijing 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Montreal, QC 1500m1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Chuncheon Overall1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Harbin 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Seoul 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Kobe 1500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Kobe 1000m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Turin 1500m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Marquette, MI Overall1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Bormio 500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Saguenay, QC 1000m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Jeonju 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup The Hague 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Hangzhou Overall1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Hangzhou 1000m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Beijing 1000m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Beijing 500m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Beijing Overall1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Beijing Overall1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Beijing 3000m1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Chuncheon 3000m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Changchun 1500m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Budapest 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Kolomna 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Seoul 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m1  
    2016/2017 Dresden 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagoya 1000m1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Marquette, MI 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Seoul 5000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Turin 5000m Relay1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Beijing 5000m Relay1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Harbin 5000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Saguenay, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Marquette, MI 5000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Changchun 5000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Montreal, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Hangzhou 5000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m Relay1  
    2005/2006 World Cup Bormio 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Sochi 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m2  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1000m2  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1500m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup 500m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Overall2  
    2002/2003 World Cup 1500m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Turin 1000m2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Harbin 1500m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Hangzhou 3000m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup St Petersburg 1500m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Bormio Overall2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Beijing 1500m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Beijing 3000m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Bormio 1000m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Montreal, QC 1500m2  
    2002/2003 World Cup St Petersburg 3000m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Mlada Boleslav 1000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Hangzhou 500m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Hangzhou 1500m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Beijing 1000m2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Harbin Overall2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Marquette, MI 500m2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Spisska Nova Ves 1000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Seoul Overall2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Jeonju 3000m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Mlada Boleslav 3000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Seoul 3000m2  
    2016/2017 Minsk 5000m Relay2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Turin 500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Turin 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Kolomna 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Kolomna 5000m Relay2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Turin 5000m Relay2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Seoul 1000m2  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup The Hague 5000m Relay2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Spisska Nova Ves 5000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 5000m Relay2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Overall3  
    2002/2003 World Cup 1000m3  
    2002/2003 World Cup 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Seoul 1000m3  
    2003/2004 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2003/2004 World Cup Calgary, AB Overall3  
    2003/2004 World Cup Calgary, AB 3000m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Bormio 3000m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup The Hague 1000m3  
    2003/2004 World Cup Jeonju Overall3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Bormio Overall3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Jeonju 1000m3  
    2004/2005 World Cup Spisska Nova Ves Overall3  
    2002/2003 World Cup St Petersburg Overall3  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Shanghai 1500m3  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m3  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m3  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Seoul 1500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Jeonju 5000m Relay3  
    2003/2004 World Cup Calgary, AB 5000m Relay3  
    2003/2004 World Cup Jeonju 5000m Relay3  
    2002/2003 World Cup St Petersburg 5000m Relay3  
    2003/2004 World Cup Beijing 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 Dresden 5000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m4  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m5  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay5  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 5000m Relay5  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m6  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m7  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 5000m Relay8  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1000m9  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m9  
    2004/2005 World Cup 500m10  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m12  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1500m14  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m16  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m18  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m19  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m22  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m32  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m54