Shim Seok-hee (24, Seoul City Hall) of the women’s short track appeared like a comet in 2012, the first year of her senior debut, and shined brilliantly on the ice for six years, including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. However, after 2019, fans have had to watch Shim Suk-hee in a space other than ice. It is because he was caught up in the rape case by former national team coach Jo Jae-beom. Fortunately, Shim Seok-hee made a comeback even in the cluttered situation that the court battle continued, and has steadily maintained his skills in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19).
Now Shim Suk-hee is challenging to return to the Olympic stage through the 2021-2022 season’s national contest held at Taereung Ice Market in Seoul. The first competition on the 5th and 6th and the second competition on the 8th and 9th will compete in four events, including the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, and 1500m Super Finals, and a total of 8 national representatives will be selected. Among them, the top five will participate in the Beijing Olympics next year, and if they enter the third place, they will even get a chance to compete in a solo show.
As it is a competition that took part in the Olympics, athletes representing the Korean short track such as Choi Min-jung and Kim Ji-yu, who won the PyeongChang Olympics twice, are in full force. There is no guarantee of victory because it is a confrontation between players with the world’s top skills. However, Shim Seok-hee also recently raised her condition sharply. He announced the health of the women by winning the 1000m and 1500m in the women’s general team at the presidential championship competition held for the first time in March this year, and in last month’s national men’s and women’s championships, he was ranked 4th after Choi Min-jung, Kim A-rang, and Lee So-yeon. As soon as the achievements started again, fans also began to look forward to the day Shim Seok-hee will stand on the Olympic stage again.
On the other hand, Hwang Dae-heon (22, Korea National Sports University), who was unexpectedly named because of Seolwangseolrae other than the game, is also going on this tournament. He, who was second in the Korean men’s short track, received unwanted attention as he became a victim of sexual harassment committed by Lim Hyo-jun, a senior and ace of the national team in 2019. Here, Hyo-jun Lim recently started naturalization in China and once again came to the public’s attention. As Hyojun Lim, who used to be a two-headed carriage, completely left the national team, Hwang Dae-heon must lead the team now. It is also of interest that he, who had not been able to achieve his grades due to injuries in the previous domestic competition, will become a true ace through this competition.
Reporter Pilwoong Seo
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