Two-time Olympic short track champion knocked out of the Korean squad

Two-time Olympic short-distance speed skating champion Sim Sok-hi has been kicked out of the Korean national team on suspicion of deliberately knocking down her opponent at the 2018 Games. Plus, she is at risk of losing the next race. of the World Cup in Beijing, which also qualifies for the Olympic Games in February.

Damir sagolj, Reuters

The Korean Union began investigating 24-year-old Sim Sok-hi last week. The media published her three-year-old reports, in which she ridiculed national team colleague Zhech Min-chong, and indicated that if she didn’t do as she would, she would make a “Steven Bradbury woman.”

Australian national team Bradbury rose to fame with a sensational gold medal in the 1000 meter race at the 2002 Olympics. He finished in last place for gold after all four of his opponents fell in the last corner. .

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Sim Sok-hi then collided with Che Min-chong in the 1000m race in Pyongyang and was disqualified for it. The fourteen-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion finished fourth.

The case has already started to be handled by the Korean association, and Sim Sok-hi has been excluded from the preparation of the national team until further notice. “After talks with all stakeholders, we came to the conclusion that it would be complicated to train together in this situation,” he said in a statement. Sim Sok-hi apologized for his behavior, but willingly refused to hit Che Min-chong.

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