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Hwang Dae-Heon-Lin Xiaojun ‘face off for the first time in four years’

ISU Short Track World Cup Round 1
Representing South Korea and China side by side

Hwang Dae-heon “Hwangtastic” Hwang (24-Gangwon Provincial Office) and Lin Xiaojun “The Second Ahn Hyun-soo” Lin (27-Hyo-jun Lim) will finally face off. They will represent South Korea and China, respectively, in the first round of the 2023-2024 International Ice Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Cup, which kicks off on February 21 in Montreal, Canada. It’s been four years since Hwang and Lin have competed together at an international event since the 2019 World Championships, when they wore the Korean flag side by side.

At the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Hwang and Lin were the Korean men’s short track ‘duo’, but their relationship came to a head in 2019 when Hwang filed a police report alleging that he was sexually harassed by Lin during training at the Jincheon Athletes’ Village. Lin was convicted at the first instance on May 7, 2020, and naturalized in China on June 3 that year. Later, on May 27, 2020, the Supreme People’s Court affirmed her acquittal.

Lin did not compete in the 2022 Beijing Olympics due to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) rule that requires athletes to wait three years after naturalization to compete in the Olympics under their new nationality. Huang Daeheon won gold in the men’s 1500 meters at the Games.

Lin Xiaojun has been competing internationally for China since last season. However, the two did not meet at the World Cup last season as the Chinese athlete was unable to wear the Korean flag. Hwang withdrew from the first round of national team selection last year. He was unable to train properly after testing positive for the novel coronavirus a month before the selection.

The “Ice Princess” Choi Min-jung (25-Seongnam City Hall) is out of the Korean women’s team this season. Choi did not participate in this year’s national team selection, saying she wanted to use the 2023-2024 season as an opportunity to rebound. 카지노사이트존

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