A Kakao Talk conversation between Shim Seok-hee (Seoul City Hall), the women’s national short track ice skater, and the coach (male) of the women’s national team during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics was released, causing a stir.
The conversation between the two included abusive language mocking fellow players such as Choi Min-jeong (Seongnam City Hall) and Kim A-Rang (Goyang City Hall), as well as messages that seemed to support Korea and China, a rival country.
On the 8th, Dispatch released the contents of text messages between Shim Seok-hee and coach C during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. According to the report, while exchanging text messages with Coach C, Shim Suk-hee left derogatory messages mixed with profanity, such as “I came out with a dog XX personality”, “Na-wa-na”, and “Byeong-X” about colleagues such as Choi Min-jung and Kim A-rang.
There are texts that can be presumed to be that Shim Suk-hee disparaged a fellow athlete while cheering for a Chinese athlete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Following the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, concerns arose as rumors of a feud between the three national teams who had to represent Korea in the 2022 Beijing Olympics were ignited.
On February 22, 2018, a scene in which Shim Suk-hee collided with Choi Min-jeong in the 1000m race at the Pyeongchang Olympics and fell was spread online, raising suspicions. In this match, Shim Suk-hee and Choi Min-jeong fell tangled in the last lap before the finish line.
At the same time, Dispatch claimed that Shim Suk-hee had an inappropriate relationship with Coach A.
The media reported, “We met secretly at the athletes’ village before and after major events such as the 500m preliminary, 1500m semi-final, and 3000m relay.”
It is known that Shim Suk-hee and the coach have not made an official statement at this time. In addition, the Ice Skating Federation is trying to determine the authenticity.