Viktor Ahn Hails Support of Girlfriend After Pocketing Bronze

Viktor Ahn (left) poses with girlfriend Woo Na-ri in this photo posted on his Instagram account. Viktor Ahn (left) poses with girlfriend Woo Na-ri in this photo posted on his Instagram account.

The first person that Russian short track skater Viktor Ahn, born Ahn Hyun-soo in Korea, shared his moment of triumph with after winning bronze in the 1,500 m on Monday was his Korean girlfriend Woo Na-ri.

After hanging the medal around Woo's neck and taking a picture with her, he posted the image on his Instagram account.

Woo watched the race at the Iceberg Skating Palace with Team Korea's female short tack skater Park Seung-hee, who is dating short track skater Lee Han-bin. Lee once shared a dorm with Ahn at Korea National Sport University.

Woo, who was reportedly once a member of Ahn's official fan club, started dating the athlete in 2011. She went to Russia a year ago to stay with him and has since helped managed his schedule to keep him focused on training. She is introduced as Ahn's partner in his profile for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Ahn's family expressed their gratitude to Woo for leaving her home to support the skater in Russia. Ahn's father said in an interview with Korean media that the couple plans to wed after the Games end.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 12, 2014 09:21 KST