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Kim Boutin Gets Online Threats After Bronze Speed Skating Win

Kim Boutin Gets Online Threats After Bronze Speed Skating Win

Bronze medalist Kim Boutin of Canada reacts on the podium. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:52 AM

Kim Boutin, a Canadian speed skater who captured a bronze medal in the 500-meter finals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Tuesday, felt the wrath of South Korean fans on social media after its country's Choi Min-jeong lost a medal for interfering, according to the BBC News.

The Chosunilbo reported that Choi was in the running for silver when she was penalized for impeding Boutin who was trying to pass her during the race. Italian Arianna Fontana took the gold medal, Yara Van Kerkhof of the Netherlands the silver, and Boutin the bronze after the disqualification, the media outlet said.

"I did not want to leave with any regrets as I prepared as best I could," Choi said after the race, per The Chosunilbo. "I accept the result and will focus on the remaining competitions."

Korean fans, though, did not want to let the results go that easily, the BBC News wrote, with many leaving negative messages and threats on Boutin's social media sites. The skater eventually was forced to block her accounts because of the messages, the BBC News wrote.

According to CBC, other social media comments included:

  • "Aren't you ashamed to have cheated in the last Olympic Games?"
  • "You're not a real athlete!"
  • "You know what? You should be disqualified. Shame on you!"
  • "If I find you, you will die."
  • "Retire and I hope you have a hard life."

The Korea Herald wrote that at least 10,000 comments, many of them abusive, were posted on Boutin's Instagram account, criticizing her for her performance and being "shameless" about winning the medal.

"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," Mark Adams, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, said, according to the BBC News.

Pierre Boutin, Kim Boutin's father, told Radio-Canada that he was contacted by Speed Skating Canada telling him that threats were being turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the sport federation, CBC reported.

"The health, safety and security of all our team members is our top priority and as such we are working closely with Speed Skating Canada, our security personnel and the RCMP," the Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement.

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