Winter Olympics 2018: Bronze medal comes with abuse, threats for Canada’s Kim Boutin


Published: February 14, 2018 12:31 pm

Bronze medallist Kim Boutin of Canada celebrates. (REUTERS)

Canadian short track speed skater Kim Boutin’s dream of winning an Olympic medal has quickly turned into a nightmare with her social media accounts inundated with abuse and threats from angry South Korean fans after she won bronze on Tuesday. The 23-year-old grabbed third place in the women’s 500-metre final at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Tuesday but her joy was short-lived.

By Wednesday the disqualification of local Choi Min-jeong, who had finished second, triggered a wave of verbal attacks targeting the Canadian, seen as benefiting from what Koreans thought was an unfair decision of interfering. “Congratulations on the dirty medal,” one angry fan wrote. Did you’re (sic) papa teach you to cheat for the medal.”

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