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A Korean on Russia’s Olympic speedskating team?
俄羅斯奧運競速滑冰隊有韓國人?

Members of the Russian speedskating team, right, practice at the Adler Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia on Feb. 6.
俄羅斯競速滑冰選手(右)二月六日在俄羅斯二0一四年索契冬奧舉行期間,於阿德列爾競技場練習。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

Twelve years ago, South Korea’s Ahn Hyun-soo crashed into Apolo Ohno a few feet from the finish line in the men’s short track 1000m at the Olympics.

It sparked an intense rivalry between the two skaters that peaked at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, where Ahn won three gold medals to Ohno’s one.

At the Sochi 2014 Olympics, Ahn won gold again. But now his name is Viktor Ahn, and he skates for Russia.

In 2011 Ahn fell out of favor with the South Korean short track federation. To keep his career alive, Ahn looked for any country that would have him.

The US tried to recruit him, but ultimately Ahn picked Russia because they paid well and he was virtually assured a spot in the Olympics considering the dearth of world-class Russian skaters.

He had to renounce his Korean citizenship to become a naturalized Russian citizen, and he also changed his name. That is how Ahn Hyun-soo became Viktor Ahn.

Now the Koreans are wondering how they let him go. President Park Geun-hye has ordered an investigation into why Ahn was kicked to the curb by the skating federation in 2011.

(Liberty Times)

十二年前,南韓的安賢洙在奧運短道競速滑冰男子一千公尺比賽上,在距離終點線幾英尺處撞上阿波羅.大野。

這一撞挑起這兩名滑冰選手之間的激烈競爭,並於二00六年圖林奧運會達到白熱化,安賢洙贏得三面金牌,比下拿到一面的大野。

在二0一四年索契奧運會上,安賢洙再度奪金。但如今他的名字是維克多.安,為俄羅斯出賽。

二0一一年安賢洙與南韓短道滑冰聯盟鬧翻。為了延續他的運動生涯,安賢洙尋找願意接納他的國家。

美國隊曾向他招手,但安賢洙最終選擇俄羅斯,因為俄羅斯出的條件優渥,而且就俄羅斯缺少世界級滑冰選手這一點來說,安賢洙其實篤定在奧運會上擁有一席之地。

為了入籍為俄羅斯公民,他得放棄韓國公民身分,也改了名字。這就是安賢洙變成維克多.安的來龍去脈。

現在韓國人納悶,當初怎麼會讓他出走。總統朴槿惠已經下令調查為何安賢洙二0一一年會被滑冰聯盟逐出。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. fall out of favor idiom

失寵 (shi1 chong3)

例: I’ve fallen out of favor with my boss since I lost that big case.

(我自從輸掉那個大案子後,就已經不再受老闆認可了。)

2. dearth n.

缺少;稀少 (que1 shao3; xi1 shao3)

例: Victims of natural disasters often suffer from a dearth of clean drinking water.

(天災災民通常飽受缺乏潔淨飲用水之苦。)

3. kick to the curb idiom

甩掉;摒棄 (shuai3 diao4; bing4 qi4)

例: He was kicked to the curb by his company for embezzlement.

(他因盜用公款被公司開除。)


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