This could be Nancy Kerrigan vs. Tonya Harding all over again.
During warm ups for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, American figure skater Mariah Bell allegedly kicked 16-year-old Lim Eun-Soo, a South Korean competitor. Lim Eun-Soo’s leg was slashed open, and her agency that represents her has filed a formal complaint with the International Skating Union saying it was intentional.
A Korean Skating Union official said, “At this stage, we can’t conclude Bell caused the injury on purpose” and that it’s “hard to tell just by watching the video footage of the incident.”
Both skaters train under the same coach and Lim Eun-Soo’s agency says that Bell has been bullying her for months.
People who witnessed the incident say that Bell did not apologize to the other skater.
“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 Eun-Soo, after having her leg bandaged, went on to compete anyway, coming in fifth place with a personal high and defeating Bell.