Kim Boutin threatened by fans after she won bronze, Report

14 Febrero, 2018, 16:59 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Tristan Walker and Justin Snith of Canada take a practice run during the doubles luge training at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Monday Feb. 12 2018

Yara van Kerkhof of Netherlands came in second.

"You had been teaching Kim Boutin how to cheat, Canada!"

By Wednesday the disqualification of local Choi Min-jeong, who had finished second, triggered a wave of verbal attacks targeting the Canadian, seen as benefiting from what Koreans thought was an unfair decision of interfering.

But many fans of Choi took exception to Boutin being promoted after many adjudged her to have made illegal contact with her competitors in both the semi-final and the final, incidents which went unpunished.

"If I find you, you will die", reads one comment, according to Radio-Canada. Abusive comments appeared on her Twitter and Instagram and in some cases referenced death and violence.

"None of us can control social media and the public has the right to say what they want but we would ask anyone to respect the athletes and support their work", International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said on Wednesday.

"All we can do is say, let's concentrate on what was a great performance and congratulations by the way to Canada for the bronze medal - I was there last night and it was pretty wonderful".

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But it was 23-year-old Canadian skater Kim Boutin who has drawn the ire of many South Koreans.

The Canadian Olympic Committee added: "We are working closely with Speed Skating Canada, our security personnel and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)".

But immediately following the event, the post was swarmed by outraged fans of Choi, racking up over 10,000 comments, most of which were critical of her performance.

British short-track skater Elise Christie, fourth after crashing in yesterday's final, also received death threats following a collision with South Korea's Park Seung-hi at Sochi 2014.

The bronze medal collected by the Sherbrooke's Kim Boutin in the 500m speed skating short Tuesday morning has obviously not pleased the fans in south korea. It is this battle which earned Kim the bronze medal.

Boutin will compete in three more events in Pyeongchang.

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