How double Olympic gold medalist Shim Suk-hee lost the race to overturn her ban ahead of Beijing 2022

서울, 대한민국 에서 2014 과 2018 동계 올림픽, South Korean speed skater Shim Suk-hee stepped onto the podium with her teammates for gold medalsthe crowning moments of her sporting career.

Fast-forward to 2022, and things have drastically changed for Shim ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The short-track speed skater was barred from training in October last year after a series of text messages she sent were leaked, causing controversy in her native country.
    After two months of investigations, a Korea Skating Union (KSU) committee announced December 21 it was suspending Shim from the national team for two months, 그녀가 가졌다 고 “marred the dignity of athletes.
      The suspension meant the two-time Olympic gold medalist would not be able to compete in the Beijing Winter Games, which are set to begin on February 4.
        To overturn the suspension, Shim had the option of appealing to the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee’s (KSOC) Sports Fair Play Committee or taking the case to court.
        대한민국's gold medalists Shim Suk-hee, Choi Minjeong, Kim Yejin, Kim Alang and Lee Yubin pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the short track Women's 3,000m relay at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

        It all began in October 2021, when Shim’s text messages with a former national women’s skating coach were leaked. In the messages, Shim mocked her teammates and discussed making aBradbury,” raising suspicions of race fixing.
          에서 2002 동계 올림픽, Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury, an underdog in the 1,000-meter short-track final, was in last place until the final lap, when his fellow racers crashed together and he sailed across the finish line, taking the gold medal.
          십이월에, KSU’s investigation committee also looked into a collision between Shim and her teammate Choi Min-jeong during the 1,000m final in Pyeongchang four years ago and concluded that Shim had intentionally used her right arm to push Choi’s left arm during the race.
          위원회, 하나, did not officially conclude the charge of race fixing as there was no evidence to prove Shim’s intentions.
          The KSU’s Fair Play Committee, which administers discipline, later suspended Shim for two months formarring the dignity of athletesas she admitted to disparaging her teammates in a series of text messages.

          Duty of keeping dignity and illegal leaking of texts

          As part of her appeal to compete in Beijing, Shim filed an injunction to lift the two-month ban in January, but the Seoul Eastern District Court dismissed the request on January 18.
          The court ruled that she had violated a national athlete’s duty to maintain dignity with her text messages, since the exchanges were sent during the Winter Olympics when Shim represented South Korea, a KSU official said in a statement.
          Shim’s legal representative, who is unauthorized to speak on the record, told CNN that they had argued in court whether it was fair to include the content of personal text messages in the duty of a national athlete to maintain dignity.
          Shim celebrates her bronze medal for the Short Track Women's 1,000m at the Sochi 2014 동계 게임.

          Her side also claimed the text messages were illegally leaked to the media by former coach Cho Jae-beom, who had been found guilty and sentenced to a 13-year prison term for the rape and sexual assault of Shim.
          Shim’s representative said they told the court that the personal messages being leaked allegedly by Cho amounted to asecondary victimizationof Shim.
          The KSU countered that thestrict rule of evidencedoes not apply to civil proceedings and that the two-month suspension is the result of the union’s investigation; Shim had already publicly admitted toand apologized formocking her teammates.
          The text messages were exchanged with the assumption that they would not be made public, but then were leaked by other [Cho]’s criminal act,” Shim’s representative said.

          Excessive punishment, legal representative says

          Shim’s representative also claimed the two-month suspension was excessive as she had already been dropped from the national team in October and could not compete in the International Skating Union World Cup in November.
          They said the KSU did not reflect the “패널티” from October when discussing a separate, two-month suspension in December.
          하나, the KSU denied that it had issued a double punishment, claiming that separating Shim from the rest of the team wasnot a disciplinary measure.
          10 월, a KSU official told CNN that they separated Shim from the squad as it could be “어려운 [for Shim and the national team] to stay and train togetheras her leaked text messages would affect the team dynamic and citing the need for an investigation.
          Shim leading the pack during the Ladies Short Track 1,000m heats at PyeongChang 2018.

          Despite finishing first at the national Olympic trials in May, Shim can no longer dream of competing in Beijing, which would have been her third Winter Games.
            Her legal representative told CNN that there are currently no plans to appeal as the court procedure takes time, and any decision would be unlikely to come before the Olympics begin in a few weeks and the two-month suspension ends on February 20.
            Without Shim, South Korea still managed to secure five spots for women’s short-track speed skating in Beijing. The KSU submitted its Olympic entrantsChoi Min-jeong, Lee Yu-bin, Kim A-lang, Seo Whi-min and Park Ji-yunto the Korean Sports and Olympic Committee on January 24.

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