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Viktor An

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 6
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 8
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameViktor•An
Used nameViktor•An
Original nameВиктор•Ан
Other namesAn Hyeon-Su, Ahn Hyeon-Su, Ahn Hyun-Soo, 안현수
Born23 November 1985 in Seoul (KOR)
Measurements170 cm / 65 kg
AffiliationsCSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Republic of Korea Russian Federation

Biography

Still a junior, An Hyeon-Su competed at the 2002 Winter Games aged 16. He reached the final of the 1000 metres, but fell in the last lap, taking all three others skaters in the pack with him. Only Australian Steven Bradbury, who had been dropped form the pack, was still standing and grabbed the gold. The other skaters scrambled to cross the finish line, with An responding too slow for a medal.

An then became the sport’s dominant racer, winning the overall world title five times in a row (2003–2007), adding a load of distance titles and medals to the lot. He was the most successful competitor at the Turin Olympics, winning three golds in the 1000 m, 1500 m and relay.

In the late 2000s Ahn had a falling-out with the Korean Skating Federation and moved to Russia, gaining Russian citizenship to compete internationally and entered the 2014 Olympic Winter Games as Viktor Ahn and representing Russia.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2002 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) KOR Hyeon-Su An
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 13
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Republic of Korea DNS
2006 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) KOR Hyeon-Su An
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Republic of Korea 1 Gold
2014 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) RUS Viktor An
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Russian Federation 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2002 Winter Olympics 20 February 2002 Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Round One, Heat One 2:23.287 1
2006 Winter Olympics 18 February 2006 Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Final Round, A Final 1:26.739 1
2006 Winter Olympics 25 February 2006 Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres Relay, Men Final Round, A Final 6:43.376 1
2014 Winter Olympics 21 February 2014 Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres Relay, Men Final Round, A Final 6:42.100 1

Special Notes