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韩裔选手索契为俄摘铜

更新时间:2014-2-12 13:03:11 来源:华尔街日报中文网 作者:佚名

South Korea Pained By Victor An's Olympic Bronze
韩裔选手索契为俄摘铜

For South Koreans, the sight of a former favorite son winning a medal in Sochi on Monday was bittersweet.

Victor An took bronze in the men's 1,500 meter short-track speed skating event for Russia. Only three years ago he was skating for South Korea. At the 2006 Olympics in Turin, he won three golds and a bronze for the nation under the name Ahn Hyun-soo.

But in 2010 he fell out with the Korean speed skating federation when a knee injury kept him from qualifying for the Vancouver Olympics. South Korea, fertile ground for competitive speed skating with plenty of up-and-coming candidates, had little room for injured athletes.

So Mr. Ahn chose Russia as his new homeland. Russia welcomed him. He changed his name to Victor An.

'I've decided to work in better environment and keep myself focused on the sport,' he told local media in 2011 while announcing his decision to become Russian. 'I will practice earnestly in order to show my best performance in the upcoming Olympic Games and not to regret my decision.'

While the 28-year-old won a bronze medal on Monday, his former teammates left empty-handed. Lee Han-bin was the highest placed South Korean skater in the final, coming in sixth after colliding with his compatriot Sin Da-woon, who had lost his balance after hitting track-marking pucks. Sin finished in tenth place, while Park Se-yeong was 13.

The following day, South Korean media and individuals expressed their frustration.

'The day when Ahn Hyun-soo waved the Russian flag, no Korean flag fluttered,' Seoul-based newspaper Dong-A Ilbo said.

'An wins bronze, Koreans falter,' said a headline in the English-language Korea Times.

Since it first took part in the Winter Olympics in 1948, South Korea has won 19 gold medals in short-track skating, almost three times the tally of its nearest rivals Canada and China.

'Ahn Hyun-soo will continue to get my support, regardless of whether he carries the Russian flag or the Korean flag,' Twitter user @qwert19930424 wrote on Tuesday.

'I'm glad for him to win the medal, but a bit sad for him to wave the Russian flag,' said another with the username @osugho29.

Some people blamed South Korea for letting such a talented athlete go to Russia. 'The [South Korean] nation may have abandoned Ahn Hyun-soo, but the people have not,' wrote @Rfmfm.

对韩国人来说,看到自己以前如此喜爱的一位运动选手周一在索契摘得奖牌,心中不禁五味杂陈。

维克多·安(Victor An)在男子短道速滑1,500米决赛中为俄罗斯夺得铜牌。仅三年前,他还在为韩国效力。2006年都灵冬奥会上,他曾以安贤洙(Ahn Hyun-Soo)的身份为韩国夺得三枚金牌和一枚铜牌。

但2010年,他与韩国速滑联盟闹翻,当时他因膝盖受伤没有获得温哥华冬奥会的参赛资格。在培养有竞争力的速滑运动员方面,韩国是一块沃土,尤其不乏大量年轻有为的种子选手,因此伤病运动员在这个国家几乎没有施展空间。

所以,安贤洙选择了加入俄罗斯国籍。俄罗斯对他也表示欢迎。他把名字改成了维克多·安。

2011年宣布入籍俄罗斯时,他对俄罗斯媒体说:我决定要在更好的环境中训练,把主要精力放在速滑项目上。他说:我会认真训练,努力在下一届奥运会上展示自己最好的状态,不让自己后悔做这个决定。

28岁的维克多·安周一夺得了一枚铜牌,而他以前的韩国队友则空手而归。李汉彬(Lee Han-bin)是男子短道速滑决赛排名最靠前的韩国选手,位列第六。在半决赛中,韩国选手申大元(Sin Da-woon)失去平衡摔倒,并与李汉彬相撞。申大元获得第10名, 世英(PARK Se Yeong)获得第13名。

第二天,韩国媒体和民众纷纷表达了他们的失望之情。

韩国《东亚日报》(Dong-A Ilbo)说,这一天,安贤洙挥舞着的是俄罗斯国旗,看不到韩国国旗飘扬。

韩国的英文报纸《韩国时报》(Korea Times)有一篇文章的标题是:安贤洙获季军,韩国选手铩羽而归。

自从1948年首次参加冬奥会以来,韩国在短道速滑项目上共赢得了19枚金牌,几乎是加拿大和中国这两个与之最接近的竞争对手的三倍。

署名“qwert19930424”的用户周二在推特(Twitter)上写道:安贤洙将继续获得我的支持,无论他代表的是俄罗斯还是韩国。

另一位署名“osugho29”的用户说:他赢得奖牌,我为他感到高兴,但他挥舞着俄罗斯国旗,我又觉得有点伤感。

也有人批评韩国让这么一位极有天分的运动员去了俄罗斯。署名“Rfmfm”的用户写道:国家(韩国)也许抛弃了安贤洙,但韩国的人民没有抛弃他。

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