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Coach of Russian short track team says An might replace him in future

February 12, 2014, 20:13 UTC+3 SOCHI

On Monday, Korean-born An brought Russia its first ever Olympic medal in men’s short track competition

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SOCHI, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian short track team’s German coach Sebastian Cros said on Monday it was possible that titled Olympic champion Victor An would in the future replace him in the post.

On Monday, Korean-born An brought Russia its first ever Olympic medal in men’s short track competition after winning the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The German expert said that the issue of inviting An to the coaching staff of the team had been long discussed. He said the idea was to invite An, return him on the Olympic ice and then put him on the coaching staff.

The short track event is a relatively young Olympic competition as it was included in Winter Games program in 1992 at the Olympics in Albertville, France. Short track at Winter Olympics is dominated by teams from Asia and North America. South Korea won most of the medals since 1992 and has 37 medals, including 19 golds.

Cros said that An, who was raised and trained in South Korea can share with Russian speed skaters his knowledge gained at the Korean school of short track.

The 28-year-old speed skater was born in South Korea’s Seoul as Ahn Hyun-Soo and initially competed for his native country’s team. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy’s Turin he brought South Korea three gold and one bronze medals in short track.

After the 2006 Olympics in Turin, a set of sustained injuries kept him sidelined from major short track competitions and before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver he failed to qualify for the South Korean national team.

In 2011, he was granted Russian citizenship and announced his decision to speed skate for Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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