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MOSCOW, February 15. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has congratulated Viktor Ahn on his Olympic gold medal win.
He won the 1,000m short track gold at the Olympic Games in Sochi on Saturday.
Another Russian skater, Vladimir Grigoryev, won the silver, and Knegt Sjinkie of the Netherlands received the bronze.
Ahn was born in Seoul in 1985. Before December 2011, he was named Ahn Hyun Soo and skated for Korea. He is the three-time 2006 Olympic champion. He also won bronze in Turin. He is also the Sochi Olympic 1,500m bronze winner. Ahn achieved his first great success when he was 16, becoming the absolute winner of the junior world championship and winning silver in the adult world championship in Montreal.
Grigoryev was born in Ukraine in 1982. He won the European champion title more than once. He won silver in a world championship in 2013. It is his third Olympics. He skated as a Ukrainian team member in the Olympics in 2002 and 2006.