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[SBS] "Sotnikova was very hard to beat": IOC fabricates an interview with Yuna Kim
Kim Hyung Yeol | 2014.03.07



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IOC is in the middle of a heavy controversy, misquoting South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim.

On their official website, IOC has published the article "Youth Olympic Games inspire Sochi successes" which emphasizes the positive result gained by the young athletes who participated in the Youth Olympics.

The article sites the story of Sotnikova, who won the gold medal in 2012 Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games, and Kim, who participated as the games ambassador.  
It is confirmed that the article misquoted Kim.

The article states Kim having said: "(Sotnikova) put on a great show. She's a highly technical skater and was very difficult to beat tonight. I saw her in Innsbruck as part of my role as Games ambassador. We both battled for gold tonight, but she managed to come out on top." Kim had never said this.

Kim's agency, All That Sports, denies that Kim has ever said such a thing in her interviews with any media and that the quote is certainly fabricated.
All That Sports added that it will come up with a contingency plan after an internal meeting.

■ The Original ⓒ [SBS] http://bit.ly/NV2MF1



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>>Add article & Fevers’ Comments: According to All That Sports' interview with JTBC, the agency has communicated with IOC communication team through email and phone calls and has requested a correction as Kim has never said those lines. (http://bit.ly/1fRohT9 in Korean)

As of now(2014 March 08), the quote has been deleted from the article; however, IOC has not announced the correction nor an official apology to Kim regarding the fake interview as they should have.

Kim has said in an interview that she has not yet seen or later watched on video the performance by the other skaters that night. She said she did hear backstage as the event was in progress that her competitors' score was coming out generally higher.

Kim is very proud of and satisfied with the fact that after her two clean programs at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, she managed to produce yet another two flawless Olympic performances. (which even the gold medal winner at Sochi didn't manage to achieve)

Kim has been consistently saying that she embraces the result from the 2014 Sochi Olympics as she has done everything she could have done, adding "I showed everything I had prepared to, with my clean performance; there is nothing I could do further with the decision of the judges".

It cannot be emphasized enough that this doesn't necessarily mean that she "agrees" to the result nor should it be seen that way. 



One more interesting fact is that unlike the footage from the previous Olympics that IOC has shared in the past that didn't have commentaries, IOC has exclusively added commentaries to the videos from the 2014 Sochi Olympics in their official Youtube channel.


And it is in this video that IOC's commentator is falsely calling Kim's strongest and most famous 3lutz-3toe jump combination, a 3lutz-2toe.

Kim's 3lutz-3toe has been well known over the past years for its scale, quality and success rate. Such was the case in Sochi Olympics as well, as captured in many mediums such as photographs and videos. 

NoCutNews in Korea has reported on this subject. (http://bit.ly/1quUItt in Korean)

On top of the publishing of a fake interview, this act of fabricating Kim's strongest element into a technically less achieving one can be read as IOC's attempt to justify the controversial result at Sochi Olympics. This is a violation of the Olympic spirit itself.

It is a tragedy to see the amount of disrespect from IOC toward Yuna Kim, one of the rare figure skaters to have earned medals in two consecutive Olympics including a gold medal, who was one of the hottest public figures on the social networks as well as one of the most Googled athletes during the Sochi Olympics, a game ambassador at a Special Olympics and a Youth Olympic from whom IOC took a great advantage in promoting the events.

It truly shows an unjustifiable manipulation, for political means, by those who deny the legacy of one of the greatest figure skaters in history.


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