An American determine skater has been accused of intentionally injuring a South Korean skater throughout follow forward of the Worldwide Skating Union World Determine Skating Championships in Japan, however the skating union has stated there was “no proof” it was intentional.
In response to Yonhap, South Korean sports activities company All That Sports alleged that Bell “struck Lim’s leg along with her skate” earlier than the women’ brief program, chopping Lim’s calf. Yonhap reported that Lim had the reduce taped earlier than she carried out.
An All That Sports activities official stated they believed Bell hitting Lim was “premeditated” as a result of Lim was skating close to the partitions and Bell “got here from behind” when she reduce her, Yonhap reported.
U.S. Determine Skating stated in an announcement Friday native time the 2 skaters had met and there have been no onerous emotions.
“The athletes met this morning and good luck needs had been exchanged,” the assertion stated. “Mariah is trying ahead to competing tonight within the girls free skate.”
The official additionally claimed Bell “had been bullying Lim for months and launched a verbal assault” on her, in line with Yonhap. The skaters have the identical coach, Rafael Arutunian, per their bios.
U.S. determine skater Adam Rippon, who choreographed Bell’s routine, disputed the report of bullying in an interview with ABC Information and in a ready assertion.
“I’ve labored with Mariah this previous yr on her choreography and have skilled along with her for a number of years,” Rippon stated. “Each Mariah and Eun-soo’s coach, Rafeal [Arutyunyan], was additionally my coach. I can say that bullying was by no means tolerated in any of our coaching classes nor would Rafael enable it to occur throughout his watch.”
ISU, which stated the incident was “verbally reported” by the Korean staff chief, disputed that the assault was intentional.
“Primarily based on the proof at hand at this time limit, which features a video, there isn’t a proof that Ms. Bell supposed any hurt to Ms. Lim,” ISU said in a statement.
Lim completed in fifth place and Bell completed in sixth within the ladies’ short program.