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Post : Canada’s Kim Boutin receiving online death threats following her speedskating bronze-medal win
URL : http://globalnews.ca/news/4024468/kim-boutin-online-death-threats-speedskating-bronze/
Posted : February 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm
Author : Adam Frisk
Tags : Kim Boutin, Kim Boutin threats, Olympic Games, Olympics, olympics 2018, PyeongChang 2018, Pyeongchang Games, South Korea Winter Olympics, Winter Olympics, Winter Olympics 2018
Categories : Sports

Canada’s Kim Boutin has been subjected to online threats following her bronze-medal win ( https://globalnews.ca/news/4022303/canadas-kim-boutin-wins-olympic-short-track-bronze/ ) in the 500-metre short-track speedskating event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Boutin won with a time of 43.881 seconds, which put her in fourth. But the athlete from Sherbrooke, Que., was bumped up to third after South Korea’s Minjeong Choi was disqualified for interfering with the Canadian in Tuesday’s event.

Arianna Fontana of Italy won gold in 42.569 seconds while Yara van Kerkhof was second in 43.256.

READ MORE: Canadian Kim Boutin wins Olympic short track bronze ( https://globalnews.ca/news/4022303/canadas-kim-boutin-wins-olympic-short-track-bronze/ )

Following her win, Boutin’s social media accounts were bombarded by apparent angry South Korean fans, some threatening the speedskater with her life.

According to Radio-Canada ( https://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/canada-kim-boutin-receives-death-threats-after-winning-short-track-bronze.html ) , most of the threats were posted on Boutin’s Instagram page, which has been turned to a private account.

"If I find you, you will die," reads one comment, according to Radio-Canada ( https://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/canada-kim-boutin-receives-death-threats-after-winning-short-track-bronze.html ) . "Retire and I hope you have a hard life."

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Aol.com ( https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/02/13/south-korean-fans-shower-canadian-skater-with-threats-abuse-after-olympic-controversy/23360644/ ) reported that some of the comments featured knife emojis while others called the speedskater a “f---ing b—ch.”

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) issued a statement Tuesday night (Wednesday morning Korea time) saying both the RCMP and Speed Skating Canada are looking into the threats.

“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 COC said in a statement. “We will not make further comment on this issue, so that Kim can focus on her upcoming events.”

> We will not make further comment on this issue, so that Kim can focus on her upcoming events. (2/2)
>
> — Team Canada PR (@TeamCanadaPR) February 14, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/TeamCanadaPR/status/963588815876112384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Global News reached out to Speed Skating Canada but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

Boutin’s Twitter account was also set to private following the uproar of the race.

> IF YOU ARE HUMAN, FORGIVE YOUR MEDAL AND APOLOGIZE OFFICIALLY. I think you are not sports player, and you are not human being.
>
> — Lee Seung (@xg3571) February 13, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/xg3571/status/963416165535002625?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

> It is so unfair that @kimbtin ( https://twitter.com/kimbtin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) of Canada got a bronze medal instead of Choi Minjeong of Korea. Kim pushed Choi first, and Choi was pushed so hard that she could even be injured. @Olympic ( https://twitter.com/Olympic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) @pyeongchang2018 ( https://twitter.com/pyeongchang2018?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw ) should reconsider Choi's disqualification. pic.twitter.com/Af4WoPF3zk ( https://t.co/Af4WoPF3zk )
>
> — Vera 🐢 (@ritxian01) February 13, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/ritxian01/status/963405014034145280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

An online petition was also registered ( https://www1.president.go.kr/petitions/139031?navigation=petitions#_=_ ) on the South Korean government website calling for the disqualification to be “fixed.”

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