Sport Canadian speedskater gets social media threats after controversial race

16:06  14 february  2018
16:06  14 february  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Canadian speedskater Kim Boutin faced a barrage of social media harassment after claiming the bronze medal in Tuesday’s Boutin has since made her social media accounts private. Canada 's Kim Boutin receives death threats after winning short-track bronzehttps

“The health, safety and security of all our team members is our top priority and as such we are working closely with Speed Skating Canada , our security personnel and the RCMP,” the committee said. Canadian speedskater gets social media threats after controversial race .

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Canadian speedskater Kim Boutin faced a barrage of social media harassment after claiming the bronze medal in Tuesday’s 500-meter short track competition.

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PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA— Canadian short-track speedskater Kim Boutin was the target of nasty messages and even death threats on social media after she was awarded a bronze medal when a South Korean was disqualified in the 500-metre race at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Canadian speedskater gets social media threats after controversial race . Boutin initially placed fourth in the photo-finish final but was bumped up to the bronze medal spot after judge’s disqualified South Korea’s Choi Min-jeong for interference.

Boutin initially placed fourth in the photo-finish final but was bumped up to the bronze medal spot after judge’s disqualified South Korea’s Choi Min-jeong for interference. Choi would have finished in the silver medal spot.

Bronze medalist Kim Boutin fights back tears during the medal ceremony for the Ladies' 500m Short Track Speed Skating in PyeongChang. © Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Bronze medalist Kim Boutin fights back tears during the medal ceremony for the Ladies' 500m Short Track Speed Skating in PyeongChang. The Canadian's Instagram was immediately flooded with thousands of angry and even menacing messages from those who thought Choi was wronged.

"Aren't you ashamed to have cheated in the last Olympic Games?" one person posted. "If I find you, you will die," another wrote. One poster simply commented with series of knife emojis.

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Take Canadian speedskater Kim Boutin, for example. Boutin had to make her social media accounts private because of the amount of vitriol aimed in her direction. “I was able to have a good race in the final thanks to lots of support,” said Choi after the race , per the Straits Times.

Take Canadian speedskater Kim Boutin, for example. Boutin had to make her social media accounts private because of the amount of vitriol aimed in her direction. “I was able to have a good race in the final thanks to lots of support,” said Choi after the race , per the Straits Times.

Boutin has since made her social media accounts private.

“The health, safety and security of all our team members is our top priority and as such we are working closely with Speed Skating Canada, our security personnel and the RCMP,” Canada's Olympic Committee said in statement.

Fans of the South Korean skater on social media pointed out that Boutin also appeared to push Choi at one point in the finals.

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