U.S. Figure Skater Investigated for Allegedly Slashing South Korean Rival With Blade

March 22, 2019

Skategate--the sequel! A U.S. figure skater has been investigated by the International Skating Union for allegedly trying to hobble a South Korean rival by deliberately slashing her with her blade during warmups at the World Figure Skating Championships. Luckily for 22-year-old American skater Mariah Bell, the ISU concluded Thursday there's "no evidence" she intentionally cut 16-year-old Lim Eun-Soo in the calf as the two were preparing to compete Wednesday night in Japan. "Based on the evidence at hand at this point in time, which includes a video, there is no evidence that Ms. Bell intended any harm to Ms. Lim," the ISU says. However, another source says Bell has been "bullying Lim for months" at the L.A. facility where they train under the same coach, adding that after the incident, Bell "didn’t apologize to Lim Eun-Soo...and instead continued to rehearse for her routine." Lim was still able to compete at the championships, which run through March 24.

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