Figure skating: Hometown skaters win roars of approval, praise from Kim Yuna


On February 19, Kim Bo Reum, Park Ji Woo, and Noh Sun Young (28) went against Netherland in the 500m speed skating team pursuit. They crossed the finish line together, still silent and somber.

"We don't like garlic", she said.

Teammates Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Kyeong-ae, Kim Yeong-mi and alternate Kim Cho-hi all have the popular last name Kim, which accounts for 20% of South Koreans.

The Swedish team is looking for its first gold medal since 2010. Noh finished that race almost four seconds after her teammates did.

Byung-Soo Kim, left, is saddened by the bullying episode.

The petition was lodged with the South Korean presidential Blue House, and demanded Kim and Park's removal from the national team.

Despite their American background, the pair met while training together in the USA, and passed a citizenship test to represent South Korea in the Olympics. "Park Ji Woo was supposed to go out with speed, and Noh Seon-Yeong would do minimal".

In team pursuit, the finishing time is set by the third and last skater crossing the line. "If we were to compete in the Olympics, we wanted to win the qualification with that song", she added.

But there are differing stories from Kim and Park about what happened.

Over the past week, the public condemned Kim for a controversial remark she made after the team pursuit's preliminary, where she blamed her teammate for the team's failure to move on to the finals.

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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.

"Before the Games I thought we had to get relay gold, but then I made a mistake and that led to no medal and I'm so sorry for my team-mates, I'm just really, really sorry", he said.

Kim countered that with: "We were skating well".

Min-Jung Kang, left, said the South Korean speed skating federation has fostered a toxic competitiveness in the national skating program.

Another said that it was, "truly a shame to see the athletes bully one another, and they represent the Republic of Korea". Here are some of the athletes who have won the hearts of South Koreans. In an editorial, the newspaper referred to an interview Noh gave last month in which she called out divisions within the team, including the use of separate training facilities.

Noh had been hoping to win gold to honor her late brother, former short track world champion Jin-kyu, who died of bone cancer in 2016.

The U.S. Olympian told the New York Times he was beaten with hockey sticks as part of early technical discipline.

Not counting the mostly South Korean hockey squad, the North's best performance came from figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, who finished 13th in pairs. Chun has denied the allegations.

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. Kim lost sponsorship deals and had to make her social media posts private.