South Korean skater wins silver after team pursuit dispute

South Korean skater wins silver after team pursuit dispute

"But the last skater (Noh) couldn't keep up and we had a disappointing score", she said in the post-race interview.

On Saturday, however, her mass start race changed the atmosphere of the Oval.

She has been at the center of a bullying scandal that broke out after female speed skaters finished last in the women's team pursuit on Monday.

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Hundreds of thousands of the country's fans have signed a petition calling for the banning of Kim Bo-reum and Park Ji-woo, who crossed the line nearly four seconds ahead of the third Korean skater, Noh Seon-yeong, in the quarterfinals of the 500m pursuit heats on Monday.

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"It is the case today that the Kim Jong Il and Park Ji-woo will be disqualified from nationality and the Olympic Games will be suspended for global competitions". She successfully finished the event at 13th without a noticeable mistake. According to Noh Sun Young, she participated in the team pursuit in the worst situation. When Kim and Park's names were introduced, the hometown fans gave them a slight applause, but Noh received a very loud and warm show of appreciation.

Kim had triggered public anger with comments many saw as putting the blame on Noh.

Korean fans had little to cheer, starting when Choi's bid for an Olympic treble ended in a wipe-out with fellow South Korean Shim Suk-hee.

She also crashed in the women's 500m final in Pyeongchang. The KSU had miscommunicated with the International Skating Union about a rule that required skaters in the team pursuit to qualify for at least one individual event.

The incident likely will not harm Noh's legacy, but it has damaged her team-mates'.

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She was also forced to shut down her social media profiles as a result of the backlash, said Yonhap. Park is 19, and her reputation in this speedskating-crazed country will never be the same.

The skipper Kim was not going to let the match slip a second time, however, making sure of it with a pinpoint final-stone draw that she said she struggled to control because of the "weight" on her shoulders from her earlier error. When Noh was announced, the whole crowd roared.

"It was regretful, since it's the time of the last skater that counts". The crossed the finish line together, still silent and sombre.

Another said that it was, "truly a shame to see the athletes bully one another, and they represent the Republic of Korea". Instead, they walked toward the locker room, skates in hand, a few yards separating each of them but forever linked by what happened when two of them turned their backs on the third.

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