Short-Track Disqualification Angers South Korea Yet Again


What's a short track event without a South Korean controversy?


South Korea saw a gold medal slip away in the women's 3,000-meter short-track relay at the Winter Olympics Wednesday when one of its skaters was disqualified for impeding a Chinese skater, ending the country's streak of Olympic golds at four.


China was then bumped up to first place, with Canada in second and the United States team, who was nearly lapped during the race, in third. The medal is the first medal for the Americans in the event since 1994, when they also won the bronze.


Thinking they had won their record fifth-straight Olympic gold, the South Korean team of Cho Ha-Ri, Kim Min-Jung, Lee Eun-Byul and Park Seung-Hi took a victory lap on the ice with their nation's flags. Several minutes passed before the disqualification call came in, angering South Korea's coach, Choi Kwang-bok, who furiously smacked the pads on the rink walls. It was Kim's skate blade that touched that of China's Sun Linlin with five laps to go, causing Sun to lose speed and fall behind.


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