In a statement issued by her management Galaxia SM, Shim apologized for “I disappointed and scarred many people with immature words, behaviors and attitudes at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.”
She added in the statement: “I especially want to say sorry to Jin Yalang, Cui Minzhen and the coaching staff from the bottom of my heart. They will be shocked by the news.”
In the text message, Shim said that she cheered Chinese player Qu Chuyu in the women’s 500m quarter-finals of the 2018 Winter Olympics, not her teammate Cui.
When Choi cried in an interview after being disqualified in the 500m final, Shim texted, “That interview was rubbish.”
Shim even stated that the Korean women’s short-track 3,000-meter relay team should be disqualified after winning gold with their teammates.
“I am embarrassed, we won the gold medal,” Shim texted the coach, and the coach replied, “I am embarrassed.”
Choi’s management company, All That Sports, issued a statement on Tuesday that its CEO Koo Dong-hoi was concerned that Shim might show “unpatriotic behavior” at the Olympics next year after supporting Chinese skaters at the last Olympics.
“The Chinese opponent who supports the national team in public places. At the Olympic Games held in our country, although her teammates participated in the competition, it cannot be understood by common sense because she is a national athlete with Tai Chi. [Korean flag] It’s on her chest,” Koo said.
Shim said that due to the abuse of former coach Cho, she was mentally and physically unstable at the time, which led to her concussion symptoms.
“I can’t control my inner anger, so I’m still reflecting on showing others my aggressive attitude and immature side,” she said, citing Zhao’s abuse.
Possible match fix
In addition to mocking her teammates, Shim was also accused of allegedly competing in the short track women’s 1,000-meter final in Pyeongchang.
A few days before the final, Shim and the unnamed coach mentioned “Bradbury” several times in their text messages. The coach texted: “If you have the strength, let Bradbury,” Shim agreed.
Steven Bradbury is an Australian speed skater known for winning the most unexpected gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. When all the other contestants in the race fall and fall on the ice, he can only cross the finish line alone.
The two talked about producing female Bradbury many times in text messages.
In the 1,000-meter final of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Shim and Choi tangled and collided on the ice in the periphery of the track. Choi won 4th place, Shim was disqualified. According to the text message, it is speculated that she may have caused the collision on purpose.
But Shim completely denied the possibility that she was manipulating the game in her statement.
“I want to clarify the part of the article that mentioned that I deliberately fell at the Olympics, referring to Bradbury, which is not true at all,” Shim said, while apologizing for leaving scars on her teammates.
Choi’s representative asked the Korea Skating Union (KSU) and the Korean Sports and Olympic Committee (KSOC) to investigate the case and verify the facts about the possible deliberate collision.
Gu said: “Cui Minzhen not only missed her chance to win the gold medal after colliding with a teammate, but she was also seriously injured…because she injured her knee ligament in the collision.”
He added that if Shim and the coach did try to deliberately design a situation similar to Bradbury’s, this should be regarded as a “criminal act” that harmed Cui.
Parted ways with the national team
After sharing her experience of sexual abuse, Shim became a national icon.
But now the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is postponing its plan to present Shim at the National Sports Awards Ceremony on Friday until the KSU and KSOC investigations have reached a final conclusion, which officials confirmed to updatednews24
On Monday, KSU temporarily banned Shim from entering the national training center, separating her from the other members of the national team.
“We think it’s difficult [for Shim and the national team] Stay and train together…We need to investigate these issues, so we decided that we should not leave them in the national team hastily now,” KSU officials told updatednews24.
Before the International Skating Union Short Track Speed Skating World Cup will start in Beijing next week, Shim has been eliminated by the national team, but if no problems are found in the investigation, she can still participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
KSU and KSOC are currently forming an investigative committee that will begin investigating the case by checking facts and hearing stories about individuals.
KSU officials said that since the committee itself does not have legal effect, it will mainly focus on game operations such as possible deliberate collisions.
Shim will reflect on her “past immature attitude” and work hard-as she has been doing-to show a better self. She said in a statement that she emphasized that there is no connection between her text messages and the 1,000m final.
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