It’s easy to lose your cool in the heat of competitive battle – and this is what it looks like to lose your cool in an ice-rink.
At the Short Track European Championships, the final proper tune-up before the Winter Olympics, Russia’s Viktor Ahn had defeated the Netherlands’ Sjinkie Knegt in the men’s 5000m team relay.
The race wasn’t a close one at all – and Knegt felt he needed to vent some anger. This is how he did it.
A less-than-gracious sport picture of the day runner-up pic.twitter.com/soS9CsUXjD
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) January 20, 2014
Obviously, Knegt was swiftly disqualified for his behaviour.
But there’s more to this Viktor Ahn guy – the winner. He’s a legendary skater who used to compete for South Korea. Why did he compete for South Korea if his name is Viktor and he competes for Russia?
Well, because his name is actually Ahn Hyun-Soo and he’s Korean.
A researcher, Alex Goldberger, found this on Ahn:
He got elbowed off the highly competitive South Korean team and was looking for another country. Russia welcomed him and, voilà, he’s Viktor Ahn. He’s no longer the absolute force he used to be, but he’s a legend in the sport and potentially could win Russia’s first short-track gold.
And just in case you’re wondering the answer is yes – these two will face each other in Sochi.
[Source : Business Insider]
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