Lim Eun-Soo and Mariah Bell at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
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On Wednesday night, the 16-year-old South Korean figure skater Lim Eun-Soo calf was cut off the skates of 22-year-old American skater Mariah Bell. The incident occurred while warming ahead of the women's short program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Japan. Glue received medical attention and then continued to score his personal best.
However, the government agency Lim for publicly accused Bell of deliberately harming her rival, an incident that seemed to many to remember the infamous Tanya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal. But on Thursday, the International Skating Union issued a statement in response to All That Sports's claim that "there is no evidence" that the slash was deliberate. So what's going on there? Here's what we know.
Before the woman's short program on Wednesday, 22-year-old American skater Mariah Bell collided and her skates subsequently carved the 16-year-old Lim Eun-Soo in South Korea. Glue's agency, All That Sports, told Agence-France Presse that it believed the collision was intentional when Bell allegedly ran into glue from behind, while glue skating near the wall and away from other skaters. The agency said, by Washington Post :
"Glue slid slowly on the edge of the lane after she had completed her turn. Mariah Bell, who was scheduled to practice glue, suddenly kicked and stacked Lim's calf with his skates, "an All That Sports Officer told Yonhap News. "Mariah Bell did not apologize to Lim Eun-soo after the incident and instead continued to practice for her routine."
Took Bell and Lim under the same trainer, Rafael Arutyunyan in Los Angeles, and the agency also claimed that Bell had been "bullying glue for several months." Despite the injury, Lim reached a personal best during the competition and snagged fifth place, while Bell came in sixth.
All That Sports called in the Korean Skate Union to file a complaint about the incident with the International Skating Union, and Lim's parents allegedly referred the incident to the ISU as well. By Thursday morning EST, a Korean skating union official said, according to Washington Post "At this point, we cannot conclude that Bell caused the damage on purpose. It is difficult to tell just by watching the video recording of The incident. "
As happened, many people went to social media to discuss the allegations after they had passed. Some people expressed concern about the credibility of the reports and called on others to reserve judgment until the investigation was completed. The Olympic Gold Medal Adam Rippon also commented in response to a Twitter user. He said in part: "I've been in the rink several times and no one has bullied anyone. Stop creating shit and spreading rumors. What happened in warming was an accident. Don't distract both Eunsoo and Mariah from the competition."  This article is click bait. I've been in the rink several times and no one has bullied anyone. Stop creating shit and spreading rumors. What happened in heating was an accident. Do not distract both Eunsoo and Mariah from the competition.
– Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) March 20, 2019
In an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Rafael Arutyunyan said he did not believe the slash was intentional. The article is in Russian, but a translation shows he said Bell was pulling back his leg as part of her routine, and her treasure blade accidentally hit glue.
After the story began to go viral, the Korea Skating Union allegedly said that the United States skating team apologized for the incident and that Lim accepted the excuse. Per Yonhap News Agency, the American team also stated that Bell did not apologize because music began to play while they were both on the ice. The International Skating Union also said in a statement that there was no formal complaint while the incident was reported orally. ISU & # 39; s said that in view of the evidence available, including video, there is no evidence that Bell "intended to harm" to Lim. ISU also said: "The ISU met with delegates from both the US and Korea and urged both parties to find an amicable solution. The ISU claims this is still the right approach."