November 26, 2022

A pair of South Korean Olympic brief observe stars might be in for a doubtlessly awkward reunion with a former teammate, as two-time gold medalist Shim Suk-hee returns this week after serving a ban for her off-ice hassle.

The ladies’s nationwide brief observe velocity skating group will open coaching camp Wednesday, in preparation for the March 18-20 world championships in Montreal.

Shim was slapped with a two-month suspension in December final yr after her expletive-laden textual content message exchanges with a coach through the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics have been leaked to media. In these threads, Shim mocked and derided two of her PyeongChang teammates, Choi Min-jeong and Kim A-lang, with some selection phrases. The ban stored Shim out of the Feb. 4-20 Beijing Winter Olympics.

On this file picture from Dec. 21, 2021, South Korean brief observe velocity skater Shim Suk-hee speaks to reporters earlier than attending a disciplinary listening to by the Korea Skating Union (KSU) on the KSU’s headquarters in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Shim’s ban ended on Feb. 21, sooner or later after the Olympic closing ceremony. Shim, the 2014 and 2018 Olympic relay champion, knowledgeable the Korea Skating Union (KSU) final week that she would report back to coaching camp. Choi determined late Monday that she would additionally take part, and Kim adopted go well with Tuesday.

Kim, nonetheless, will first endure some rehab of her wonky knee and report back to the nationwide group a bit later.

Shim was first reduce from the nationwide group in October, when her textual content messages first turned public. She filed for a courtroom injunction to cease the ban, in order that she may skate on the Olympics however misplaced that bid.

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With Choi particularly, Shim even hinted at attempting to crash into the skater on goal. The 2 did get tousled within the ladies’s 1,000m closing at PyeongChang 2018 and slammed into the wall, although Shim was cleared of any race-fixing fees by the KSU.

With out Shim, the ladies’s group received silver within the 3,000m relay in Beijing. Choi captured gold within the 1,500m and silver within the 1,000m.

Kim and Shim competed collectively on the 2014 and 2018 Olympics, whereas Choi and Shim have been teammates on the 2018 occasion.

Along with making ready for the world championships, Shim should mend fences with Choi and Kim.

Quickly after the controversial texts have been leaked, Choi publicly referred to as on Shim to cease calling her and texting her in a belated try and apologize and mentioned Shim was solely making the state of affairs worse.