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President Vladimir Putin Changed His Facebook Cover to Gold Medalist Victor Ahn


[by Chloe Yun] President of Russia Vladimir Putin is celebrating Russia’s first ever short track speed skating gold medal as changing his Facebook cover to a photo of Victor Ah raising the Russian flag above his head. 

The ex-Korean gold medalist—once known as Ahn Hyun Soo—has become a national hero in Russia after winning the men’s 1,000m title in Sochi, which is Russia’s third gold at 2014 Winter Olympics. 

Victor Ahn won fast-tracked Russian citizenship in 2011 and prepared for the big game as Russia’s number one short track athlete. Suffering from injury problems and conflicts with South Korean skating official, he decided to switch his nationality to Russia for his Olympic dream, which has finally come true.  

"I took the decision to skate for Russia. Before that there was a tough, difficult period. I waited eight years," he told Russian local media after winning the men's 1,000m title in Sochi last Saturday. 

In a congratulatory telegram, President Vladimir Putin expressed his respect to Ahn’s victory saying he had won the support of "all of our fans, who believed in you and were with you." (photo captured from Vladimir Putin’s Facebook page) 

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