Hwang Dae-heon (24, Gangwon Provincial Office), a Korean men’s short track speed skater, did not hide his uncomfortable feelings toward Lin Xiaojun (Korean name Lim Hyo-jun), who was naturalized as a Chinese.
Hwang Dae-heon attended the 2023 International Skating Union (ISU) World Short Track Championships promotion ambassador appointment ceremony held at the Genesis BBQ Group International Conference Room in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 9th. The Korea Skating Federation has appointed Hwang Dae-heon, the gold medalist in the men’s 1500m short track speed skating at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, as its PR ambassador. 토토사이트
In the Q&A that followed the appointment ceremony, Hwang Dae-heon received a question about Lin Xiaojun. In response to the question, ‘Lim Hyo-Jun played an active role in the recent Short Track World Cup (5th competition). We will have to compete at least once. How did you see it?’ got lucky
Hwang Dae-heon and Lin Xiaojun have a difficult relationship. At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, he played an active part in the Korean men’s short track team, but the relationship was completely turned around due to the sexual harassment incident in 2019. Xiaojun Lin has been in a legal battle for taking down his pants during training at the Jincheon National Training Center. Although he was finally acquitted by the Supreme Court, Lin Xiaojun, who was suspended for one year in this case, was naturalized as a Chinese citizen under the judgment that it would be difficult for him to participate in the Beijing Olympics.
Hwang Dae-heon corrected ‘Lim Hyo-jun’ to ‘Lin Xiaojun’ in the question and said, “What I always think about is that I don’t care about a particular player.” He continued, “I focus on my game rather than worrying about a specific player. He always puts in his best effort when he gets on the starting line.”
Meanwhile, South Korea will host the 2023 ISU World Short Track Championships on March 10-12 at the ice rink in Mok-dong, Seoul. The World Championships are the most prestigious competitions except for the Winter Olympics. Korea will host the event for the fourth time following 2001, 2008 and 2016.
Yun Hong-geun, president of the Ice Skating Federation, said, “Hwang Dae-heon gave hope, joy and passion to 50 million people at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.” “The Beijing Olympics had difficulties due to the biased judgment, and Hwang Dae-heon was a big scapegoat,” he said. He explained the background of the selection of the public relations ambassador.
Hwang Dae-heon said, “I am very honored to be appointed as a public relations ambassador.” Hwang Dae-heon won a gold medal in the men’s 1500m and a silver medal in the 5000m relay at the Beijing Olympics. Due to poor physical condition, etc., he withdrew from the national team selection for the 2022-2023 season and cannot participate in this competition.