Winning Medals for 2 Nations at the WOG

Viktor Ahn won a bronze medal in men’s short-track speed skating 1,500 metres this morning. In 2006 Ahn won 3 golds and 4 medals at Torino, while skating for Korea – his name variously transliterated but Ahn Hyun-Soo is a commonly seen Latin spelling. So does that make Ahn the first person to win a medal for 2 different nations at the Winter Olympics? Not quite, but in a sense, he’s only the second one.

Actually 55 different athletes have won medals at the Winter Olympics while representing 2 different NOCs. Note that we said NOCs. In all, 54 of these occurred for politically related nations (PRNs), emerging from the break-up of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, and the merger of the two Germanies.

Of these 12 were women, and 42 were men. Three athletes, 1 woman and 2 men, actually won medals for 3 NOCs – all representing the Soviet Union, the Unified Team in 1992, and Russia. These were Anfisa Reztsova in biathlon (1988-94), Sergey Chepikov in biathlon (1988-2006), and Igor Kravchuk in ice hockey (1988-2002).

Here’s the national breakdown:

NOCs ###
EUN/RUS 19
GDR/GER 10
EUN/URS 8
RUS/URS 6
CZE/TCH 4
EUN/RUS/URS 3
FRG/GER 2
BEL/NED 1
BLR/URS 1
KAZ/URS 1
Totals 55

Now note that it happened one time for distinctly different nations (DDNs). That was done by Bart Veldkamp, who speed skated for the Netherlands in 1992-94, winning a gold medal in the 10K in 1992 and a bronze medal in that event in 1994. By 1998 Veldkamp had switched to representing Belgium and won a bronze medal in the 5K at Nagano.

So essentially, Viktor Ahn is the second athlete to win medals for distinctly different nations at the Winter Olympics.

3 thoughts on “Winning Medals for 2 Nations at the WOG”

  1. Josefa Idem Guerrini – West Germany, Italy
    Angelo Parisi – Great Britain, France
    Hans Fogh- Denmark, Canada
    Daniel Carroll – Australasia, USA

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