I live in Russia for two years already. I like it here very much, feel myself at home Before, I thought that Russia is very cold country, but now I fell warmness, a the cozy warmness of home Everyone around here like me very much. These people support me, they are nice to me As for me, I am sure that Russia is very warm, friendly country, though many Koreans think it is dangerous here After I moved here, I always walking alone, and I can assure you, it is safe. I feel myself comfortable here As for my surname – Ahn – I like it, and I decided to leave it like that. My new name is Victor, it derived from Victory I still miss Korea, but rather particular people, than local culture In Korea, it is complicated to be an older athlete. In Russia, there is not a big deal to be older than your teammates My teammates and my coach, they really like me, and their feeling are not depending on my successes, on what kind of medal I get

Korean ice skating champion on why he became Russian
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  • May 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm
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    Could this be Dubbed to English?

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  • August 1, 2013 at 10:10 am
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    You can turn on English subtitles by pressing the subtitles button on the right, in the video frame

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  • August 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm
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    I'm Korean-American but Viktor deserves to be in Russia and win a gold medal for them. I would love to see Viktor win a gold medal for Russia. It'll put Korea in its place and teach them a lesson of what it's like to mistreat your athletes. It'll be a medicine to Korea and for Koreans to learn why mistreating your athletes and having selfishness within your union will lead to your failure to win gold.

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  • September 13, 2013 at 11:06 am
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    I am a Russian-Russian and we love Viktor here in Russia. ) He's a great athlete and a good guy and deserves a gold medal in Sochi, and we will help Russian support

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  • September 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm
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    Ironically, I'm supporting Russia to win a gold medal in short track speed skating. Even if you guys don't, you guys have great guy like Ahn and his coach that Russian short track skating team looks very good and their future looks bright to win gold medal in the future. 2014 here we go. I hope Viktor Ahn wins. He'll then have the most gold medals in the Olympics as set a history as an individual and for Russia. 🙂

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  • September 15, 2013 at 7:56 am
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    Thank you, I hope we win )
    Come to the Sochi ))

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  • January 20, 2014 at 10:30 am
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    FUCKING KOREA SKATING UNION!

    Fighting Ahn !

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  • January 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm
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    I am a Korean, and most of the people here understands and supports him. Fuck Korean ice skating unions in Korea and other rotten unions as well. Fighting, Ahn!!

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  • January 25, 2014 at 2:53 am
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    The thing with Korean mentality is that they think athletes are dispensable, similar to how Chinese think of their gymnasts. They saw Ahn as being useless, and non profitable because of his injury + his increasing age. They didn't take into consideration his years spent on ice and his past results as a positive. It is so cut-throat even among their athletes, that to receive any support from Skating Union, they have to be on top of their game every single year. I'm not criticizing their methodology, because it clearly results in numerous top skaters who win copious amounts of medal for their country. However, I think it is important to highlight the one negative aspect of their approach to supporting their athletes especially with Ahn showing positive results from 2012-2014.

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  • January 26, 2014 at 8:31 am
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    YoursTruly you are totally wrong. Viktor Ahn (HyunSoo Ahn) left Korea because of the factional strife and other factions were bulling him to make him fail to get Gold medals not that all Koreans treat or think him like useless and non profitable due to either his age and injury. shamefully, he couldn't be the national team due to the dirty factional strife. therefore, unfortunately, he had to choose to leave his own nation to do skating which is his life as well as his dream. 
    there are so many Koreans who are really mad at Korean skating organization which made Ahn to leave Korea by ruling him out from Olympic intentionally. therefore, Koreans, Ahn's fan who really mad at them, still love Hyunsoo Ahn also still support him more than our Korea's skating team's medals on this Olympic. we miss him, we praise his skating and we feel terrible that his skating is not for Korea anymore.  some Koreans actually want Viktor to kick the Korean stating team's asses.yea. we want him to win not Korea. he deserves it.
    Ahn still has lots of Korean fans who support him. and we want him to win everything so he can make Korea Skating Organization regret hugely that they lost Ahn HyunSoo

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  • January 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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    At least he was much happier than the scitechs who can't leave the country for better working/living conditions. Unlike athletes, scitechs are often treated as potential security threats, are under constant surveillance, and if they ever attempt to leave the country, they are usually caught and arrested at the airport. We all know what happens if one of them makes it into an airliner ,to be noticed slightly later. As a result, Korean young males avoid technology areas, with mid-aged veterans doing the most important work. Korea's current technology leadership is not likely to last long. There are some other horrible rumors of the past.Sometime I wonder as to which country is a freer one.

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  • February 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    You can't to become a Russian, If you are not born as Russian by Russian parents.
    But to get only citizenship!
    Rename this video!

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  • February 14, 2014 at 12:24 am
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    I love his bow tie.

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  • February 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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    Best troll ever! Ahah. I hope Korea feel trolled.

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  • February 15, 2014 at 9:20 pm
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    I'm pretty sure the majority of Koreans are still rooting for Ahn even though he's representing Russia. The people of the nation aren't the issue, it's the damn Korean Skating Union. Hopefully, Ahn winning against the Korean short track team will be a big wake up call for KSU. They need to stop trying to promote fresh new skaters by denying champions, like Ahn, the right to compete. If I remember correctly, Lee Jung Su (two-time gold medalist at the 2010 games) has been suspended from competing as well because his coach forced him to lie about an injury in order to give his teammate a chance to win some medals instead. I congratulate Ahn on his recent, well-deserved victories and hopefully something will be done to replace the corrupt fucks that have authority over the Korean skaters.

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  • February 16, 2014 at 1:15 am
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    He didn't become a russian he just works for russian national skating team rename the title -_-

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  • February 16, 2014 at 3:28 am
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    Ahn still has many Korean fans.  Majority of Korean fans still support him.  I think this will bring about a change in Korean Ice-skating union and Sports Unions in Korea in general which is steeped in non-transparency in athlete selection and fairness.   What a way to give it to them Ahn!  Great job on 1000 meters. 

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  • February 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    thanx for the gold medal, from Russia

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  • February 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm
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    The funny thing is, now that Victor is winning medals while Korea is terribly failing, Korea realizes that they've made a big mistake. Koreans here are trying to defend themselves by saying it was all politics that made him leave Korea and Korean nationals had nothing to do with it. I think that's load of crap. When Victor first announced his naturalization in Russia, Koreans and the media called him a traitor and made it look like he sold Korea out. Now that he's winning all these medals and making headlines, Koreans don't want to admit that they did not care for him when he really needed them, but rather blame the politics and the association. They could've made a big deal about it as they are doing now, before he became naturalized in Russia. It might've stopped him and gave him a chance to compete as a Korean. Since Victor's victory, Korea made so much deal out of it the Korean president announced she will investigate the ice skating association. Great, what good is it now? Should've done it when it was truly needed.

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  • February 21, 2014 at 3:19 am
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    This is why I love Buddhism, karma is for real

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  • February 22, 2014 at 12:41 am
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    Good work Ahn, in Russia we love you.

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  • February 25, 2014 at 7:25 am
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    Victor, Thank you for the gold from all Russians. You rock. Much happiness.

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  • February 25, 2014 at 11:59 am
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    He is a Russian hero now. He`s truly Russian bc he is a fighter and a workaholic.
    Thank you,Vitya, Russia loves you
    Витя, спасибо тебе за победы!!!!!!

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  • February 25, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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    Viktor showed everyone, that this sport was his life and his passion! He was trying to do his best, although everything tried to stop him. In Sochi he got bronze, double gold medals in personal competitions and one with team of russian skaters… He is true genious of this sport and I hope that Russian goverment will provide him everything that he needs to continue his sports career and after his education and training career. Viktor is personally one of my favourite athletes from Sochi-2014 and he is a true Hero! 

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  • February 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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    Thats really cool though, for Russia to accept Viktor as a Russian when his own country denied him a spot in the olympics. Thanks Russia

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  • February 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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    Everyone is saying about "Ahn moved to russia blahblah" well me, I must say. Victor is one of the attractive guys i've seen in sochi olympics.<3

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  • March 1, 2014 at 4:09 am
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    Korea sucks

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  • March 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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    well done , Victor 

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  • March 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm
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    go to the hell victor ahn! from korea

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  • March 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    I can't believe I wrote a comment 7 months ago, hoping for his success while hoping for Korean short track skating union to fail and indeed, it happened exactly the way I wanted it to happen. Congratulations to Russia and ty for taking care of Ahn. Corrupted Sports Unions can burn in hell.
    These are the following Korean athlete victims who suffer from dumb Korean Sports Union.

    1. Viktor Ahn(Ahn Hyun Soo) – faced heavy discrimination and bullying from factions. Decided to defect to Russia.

    2. Yoshihiro Akiyama(Choo Sung Hoon) – faced heavy discrimination for being "half-jap" or "Jjokbari", which prevented him from representing Korea, hence decided to become Japanese citizen.

    3. Yoon Dong Shik(one of Korea's best judokas who defeated many world champions but couldn't represent Korea in the Olympics) was in the same faction as Yoshihiro Akiyama and was heavily discriminated. While Choo Sung Hoon decided to become Japanese citizen, Yoon decided to retire judo and turn to MMA by joining PRIDE, which he had no success in.

    4. Yuna Kim (who was forced to keep skating regardless of winning a gold for Korea in 2010 Olympics when she had intended to retire after 2011.) KSU kept begging and encouraging her to keep skating when her legs were getting extremely worn out. I was glad she retired after 2014 Sochi. KSU wanted her to keep skating so that other Korean skaters have the opportunity to skate in the Olympics. KSU hasn't supported a single penny towards her. Her parents had to sell up their "jeon se" to keep her skating. While not providing any help, just because Mao Asada is from Japan and was her rival, there was so much pressure for her to win gold when in fact, Koreans would've been fine and happy with her placing any medal in figure skating for South Korea.

    5. Park Jong Woo (Korean national football team association told him to carry the sign "Dokdo is our land" around while he had to take all the responsibilities and consequences for it when in fact, it was Korean national football team association's agenda to do so).

    And many more.

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  • November 13, 2014 at 5:06 am
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    im glad he blew the competition out of the water

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  • April 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm
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    У моей первой учительницы фамилия была Ан. Она была кореянкой. Самые теплые воспоминания.

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  • June 22, 2015 at 9:26 pm
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    Became Russian LOL what the fuck??Russia is not America!

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  • July 9, 2015 at 8:14 am
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    It's called age discrimination.  I'm glad you didn't succumb to that load of crap, go Ahn!  A very proud man you are 😉

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  • February 12, 2016 at 3:51 am
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    IDK what's the problem with him becoming Russian….. The dude followed his dream (becoming greater/more successful) over his past…. He still speaks korean, has a korean wife etc… I would call his actions brave rather than anything else… Lol I'm so proud of him, and I'm not even Russian to begin with

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  • April 24, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    i hate fucking russian racists. go to hell!!

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  • August 19, 2016 at 6:17 am
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    It was a disgrace how he was treated, bet he wasn't the only one, Russia saved this athlete!

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  • August 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    Victor Ann!! Thank you!!

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  • November 1, 2017 at 1:50 am
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    As a korean it was really shame for government and ice union. They should be punished soon

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  • November 4, 2017 at 8:50 am
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    GOOOOOOO!!!! JANEEEEE!!!!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 9:49 am
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    Its not Ahn who betrayed Korea, its Korea is the one who betrayed Ahn, by throwing him away. Korea really needs to change its oppressive almost caste authoritarian system in sport.

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  • December 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm
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    You mean Russian ice skating champion?

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  • July 9, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    goodbye korea👌🏼

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  • July 9, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    i think every athlete had the same concern like he has, but to took this action is a big step, not easy but he has no better option for his life, his career, and his dream to win. when their goverment couldnt help/support due the age matter (in future) or for politic issue. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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