Viktor Ahn on Track to Haul Gold for Mother Russia in Sochi

      January 21, 2014 10:53

      Viktor Ahn

      Viktor Ahn, born Ahn Hyun-soo in Korea, won four gold medals at the 2014 European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dresden, Germany on Sunday. After dominating the men's 500 m on Sunday, he clinched first place in the 1000 m, 3000-m super final and 5,000-m relay on the following day.

      The achievement made Ahn, who became a naturalized Russian in 2011, the overall world champion with 102 points, beating his national teammate Semen Elistratov by a whopping 60 points.

      With just weeks to go before the Sochi Winter Games kick off on Feb. 7, experts say Ahn has a high chance of success at the Olympics, which has a less compressed schedule than both the World Cup and European Championships. This will enable him to display his skills to the full while also allowing him more time to regain his strength.

      Ahn's archrival is Canadian Charles Hemelin, who won eight gold medals in the first through fourth World Cup events this season. Korean ace No Jin-kyo was ruled out of the Sochi Olympics due to an injury he picked up during training.

      Ahn's primary goal in Sochi is to win a gold medal with his teammates in the relay.

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