February 04, 2014 10:19
Short track gold medalist Viktor Ahn, better known as Ahn Hyun-soo in Korea, arrived in Sochi for his first training session on Monday ahead of what will be his third Olympics.
Russia has high hopes of Ahn and he is considered a strong contender to win one or two gold medals considering his recent run of fine form.
Interest in him also remains high among Korean fans as he won three gold medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin for Korea. He became a naturalized Russian citizen in 2011.
Apparently due to the growing pressure, however, he seems intent on keeping himself at a remove from the media before the Winter Games kick off on Friday.
Reporters from around the world rushed to the media zone to talk to him after his 40-minute training session on Monday, only to watch him leave the arena through a different exit. His father told the Chosun Ilbo later by phone that the athlete won't give any interviews until the Olympics are over.
Meanwhile, Ahn was accompanied by a woman wearing a Russian uniform and press pass. Both sported matching rings.
Ahn's father confirmed that she is Ahn's girlfriend. The two reportedly met in Korea before Ahn obtained Russian citizenship in August 2011 and have been dating ever since.
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