Tuesday’s girls’s 500-meter brief observe velocity skating last within the Pyeonchang Winter Video games resulted in a photograph end and a few brutal outrage.
Italian skater Arianna Fontana received the occasion in a heated race with the hosting-country’s favourite Choi Minjeong, which was shut sufficient to want a photograph end.
However it was 23-year-old Canadian skater Kim Boutin who has drawn the ire of many South Koreans.
Choi, after dropping first place, was then disqualified from successful the silver medal for interfering with different athletes. Boutin completed in fourth place, however was elevated to 3rd after the disqualification. Yara van Kerkhof of Netherlands got here in second.
The issue for a lot of South Koreans is that Boutin seems to be to have accomplished her share of interfering as nicely. A GIF of Boutin seeming to push Choi (in white) away from her has shortly gone across the web, whipping some Olympic followers right into a fury.
Shortly after the race, a hashtag of Choi’s identify exploded on the web. Lots of the 1000’s of reactions blasted Boutin for getting the bronze medal, however lots extra tried to implore folks to acknowledge the Olympic spirit of unity.
Boutin put up an Instagram submit the evening earlier than the competitors in preparation for the occasion, saying, “500m tomorrow morning. Are-you prepared? 🇨🇦.”
However instantly following the occasion, the submit was swarmed by outraged followers of Choi, racking up over 10,000 feedback, most of which have been important of her efficiency.
Boutin has since deleted the submit and made her Instagram account non-public.
Velocity skating on a brief observe is understood for its roughness and bumping into folks is widespread within the sport. However that hasn’t quelled the outrage for Choi followers who demand to know why she was disqualified and Boutin wasn’t.
Choi Min Jeong ought to have gotten the silver medal for velocity skating. Does the referee hate Choi? Do they hate Korea or somethig? You referees have to be blind. All Choi did was put an arm out to push ahead. Kim Boutin may have harm Choi when she pushed her. #최민정선수_실격반대 pic.twitter.com/VhMrTpTRt6
— Tellarin🥝 (@eugene2920) February 13, 2018
That is unfair. Boutin Kim sporting purple uniform within the 1st image wasn’t disqualified though she pushed Choi Minjeong. Nevertheless, she was disqualified as a result of she simply stretched her arm contained in the observe. Nobody was broken by her. We won’t admit this decide. pic.twitter.com/o6nMNsQ8IT
— 탈트기원중인 새벽달 (@wkselqhtss) February 13, 2018