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The big news coming out of the skating community today: American figure skater Mariah Bell, 22, (pictured above) is accused of intentionally injuring South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo, 16, with her skate blade.
The apparently “premeditated incident” happened Wednesday during their final warm-up before the ladies’ short program at the International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.
Lim was skating near the walls in an effort to avoid contact with others when Bell approached her from behind, the rep said.
“Lim was slowly skating on the edge of the rink after completing her turn,” the representative said, according to the Telegraph. “Mariah Bell, who was scheduled to rehearse after Lim, suddenly kicked and stabbed Lim’s calf with her skate blades.”
“Mariah Bell didn’t apologize to Lim Eun-soo after the incident and instead continued to rehearse for her routine,” the spokesperson continued. “We believe this is not a minor situation that can happen in an official rehearsal.”
Lim’s wound was quickly bandaged and she continued to skate, ultimately defeating Bell, coming in fifth place with a personal high, 72.91 points – while Bell ranked sixth with 71.25 points. HA!
The Korea Skating Union lodge an official complaint against Bell on Lim’s behalf.
A Korea Skating Union official told Agence France-Presse that “at this stage we can’t conclude Bell caused the injury on purpose,” adding that “it is hard to tell just by watching the video footage of the incident.”
And in a statement, the International Skating Union said that the incident was “verbally reported to the ISU by the Korean Team Leader, however no formal complaint has been received.”
“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 statement said. “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.”
This story is developing. (Photo: Avalon)