Figure skater Mariah Bell was accused of slashing Lim Eun-soo in the leg during ISU World Figure Skating Championship. The two are rivals.
On Wednesday, March 20, 22-year-old US skater Bell and 16-year-old Korean skater Lim were practicing in Japan where the incident occurred. Lim’s management team ‘All That Sports’ told the Straits Times that Lim had been close to the edge of the rink “as much as possible so as to not interfere with other skaters.”
Lim’s team said that Bell kicked Lim in her left calf during the practice, adding, “It seems it was intentional, considering how Bell came from behind”. Lim was seen with a bandage on her left calf later. The two figure skaters share a coach and Lim’s management claimed that Bell had been consistently bullying Lim.
The International Skating Union released a reply statement, saying, “The ISU has been made aware of a statement published on March 20 by All-That Sports, and subsequently by the Korea Skating Union on March 21 about an incident which happened between Ms. Mariah Bell and Ms. Eun Soo Lim, during their practice on March 20 at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The incident was verbally reported to the ISU by the Korean Team Leader however no formal complaint has been received.”
The statement continued on to say that the lack of evidence made the allegations difficult to address. “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 met with delegates from both USA and Korea and urged both parties to find an amicable solution. The ISU maintains that this remains the appropriate approach.”
Lim competed despite the injury and ended up in fifth place, one spot above Bell.