Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Figure skating: Hometown skaters win roars of approval, praise from Kim Yuna

Bullying team left South Korea skater in tears Modal Trigger Noh Seon-yeong reacts after South Korea was eliminated in the women's team pursuit quarterfinals Monday. Getty Images
Kenny Thornton | 24 February, 2018, 13:12

Two South Korean speedskaters face public outrage for unsportsmanlike behavior during a race.

Noh is also the older sister of late short track speed skater Noh Jin-kyu.

Diggins - who thrust herself across the finish line to give the Americans a dazzling gold medal in the cross-country team sprint - has been selected as the USA flagbearer for Sunday night's closing ceremony.

The South Korean women's curling team has become a fan favorite the Pyeongchang Olympics, where they have come to be known as the "Garlic Girls" after the pungent bulb grown in their hometown.

Ahn's father had identified Jeon, who was the vice-chair of the Korea Skating Union, as playing a significant role in his son's decision to abandon his home country.

As of Thursday afternoon, almost 570,000 signatures had been gathered on an online petition to South Korea's presidential office calling for skaters Kim Bo-Reum and Park Ji-woo to be expelled from the Olympics. Local media noted that Kim had made private her Instagram account due to enraged South Koreans flooding her with negative comments, while outdoor clothing company Nepa, her sponsor, bowed to threats of a boycott by promising it would not look to renew Kim's endorsement contract after the Olympics.

Because it's a team event and all three skaters need to cross the finish line for their time to become official, Kim and Park didn't have much to gain by finishing so far ahead of Noh, competitively speaking.

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Two South Korean skaters on Friday brought down the rafters at the Olympic skating arena as local crowds roared approval of their performances and the two earned praise from two-time Olympic medal victor Kim Yuna.

The painful drama played out on the ice on Monday during the pursuit team quarterfinals race when Noh Seon-Yeong was left behind by the two faster women on the team, leaving Noh to cross the finish line roughly four seconds later - a glacial delay in the sport. Skaters are also allowed to cooperate, including pushing their slower teammates from behind.

With Noh's tears rolling, Kim and Park reportedly ignored her.

Before race, "we all had agreed to shoot for third place", she said, and after the starting gun Kim had concentrated so intensely on hitting that target "that I did not take care of Seon-yeong who was lagging behind", she said.

On Tuesday, Kim publicly apologized.

"It was regretful, since it's the time of the last skater that counts. That was probably the reason". Only her coach, Bob De Jong, attempted to comfort Noh. That makes four doping cases at the Pyeongchang Olympics, two of which have been Russians. According to Noh Sun Young, she participated in the team pursuit in the worst situation.

It also came under fire ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics after Noh nearly lost her spot due to an administrative error.

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