SOCHI, Russia (AP) Viktor Ahn clapped as he crossed the finish line after leading Russia to Olympic gold in the 5,000-meter relay. His adopted country applauded right back, loudly cheering the short track skater the Russians have embraced as a new national hero.
"This will be the best Olympics in my life," he said in Korean. "I will never forget it."
Fittingly, Ahn capped his four-medal performance at the Sochi Games with gold in the relay, a medal he wanted the most as a way to unify the team he joined after forsaking his native South Korea.
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