Korea Wins Silver in Men's Team Pursuit Speed Skating

Korea Wins Silver in Men's Team Pursuit Speed Skating

Kerry Wise
February 25, 2018

Muirhead fell just short in attempting to bypass the guard with her final stone of the seventh end, leaving Sweden to notch their first triple of the match.

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.

With the bespectacled Kim barking commands to her sweepers the rock slowed to stop on the button and the crowd erupted as the foursome embraced and tears flowed.

Angered Koreans heavily criticized Noh Sun Young and Park Ji Woo for shaming their teammate on a live broadcast and even started a petition demanding the two skaters to be removed from the national team.

Despite their American background, the pair met while training together in the US, and passed a citizenship test to represent South Korea in the Olympics. That skater, Noh Seon-yeong, finished nearly four full seconds behind her two fellow countrywomen, Kim Bo-Reum and Park Ji Woo, who didn't do much to help her keep pace during the event. 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.

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But he said: 'We absolutely support the U.S. approach on this, we very much support what the USA has been doing'. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was aware of the comments.

But her woes were swept away as with her right foot in a cast she climbed over the side barrier to embrace boyfriend Sandor Liu Shaolin after he was part of the four-man Hungary team that won 5,000m relay gold.

Since then, Noh made her intentions clear: She wanted to compete in PyeongChang and dedicate her performance to him. 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. So when she was banned, according to reports, she declared she was no longer proud to represent her country. It looked as though Hasselborg had done enough to tuck her last red out of the way behind Britain's yellow, but the latter's captain knocked the opposition out to score two and head in 3-3 at the interval. Kim lost sponsorship deals and had to make her social media posts private.

She did both. The American ski great said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather Don Kildow, who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run. Most opted for polite cheers.

Though the country is known for fast speed skaters and often banks on them in the medal count, this year's host nation also has had its fair share of talented and record-breaking athletes who are exploring uncharted waters. The crossed the finish line together, still silent and sombre.

Supporters chanted "Dae-han-min-guk (Republic of Korea)!" as they clapped rhythmically in unison. 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.