Everyone knows in South Korea. Shim Suk Hee is in Asia, so well known “, such as curry sausage, and Thomas Müller in Germany”, wrote the newspaper “Stuttgarter Zeitung”. Before the Olympic winter games in Pyeongchang, it was called “the face of the games”, otherwise it is called also “the Queen of short track”. The short rack is the national sport in South Korea and Shim Suk-Hee, with only 21 years of age, a Superstar. Eight-Time world champion, four Olympic medals, a world Cup winner with 15.

You could write down the story of Shim Suk-Hee so, as a success story. But there is another story of the Athlete. And she has told on Monday at a court in Suwon, South of the capital Seoul. It is a story of abuse, of beatings and Drill. And that went on for years.

tears Shim has to be reported about, how you treated since her Childhood by her Trainer Cho Jae Beom, and insulted in a fight.

What is short track? Short track is a discipline of the eisschnelll on the games since 1992, part of the Olympic winter. Per run for four to eight runners start. Crucial in the race to the 111,12 meters long track oval, the placement is not achieved in time. There are decisions in a multi-battle, in a relay race and the individual routes.

that looked like This: If Shim is not felt, as the coach wanted, he attacked, the athlete is told, the hockey stick and hit on you. So he had broken to her the Finger. Four weeks before the winter games, the violence was escalated then. The coaches have kicked against the head, “I was afraid I could die”. Shim suffered a concussion.

When she refused, thereafter, to the training camp to return to, were tried to the officials the cover-up, it also. As the South Korean President, Moon Jae-visited In the short tracker just before the Play, and Shim was missing, this was officially established with a cold, the Athlete. Finally, the Operation of the Gold was for the host country in danger. The coach was suspended prior to the Games.

Shim entered then in the winter games, the race took place in her birth city of Gangneung, the whole country expected Gold about their specialty track, the 1500 meters. The run has been written to the most important Competition of her career high. Shim rushed out, without participation of a Respondent, the gold dream. Ten months later, she told the court she was “deeply traumatized” in the Olympic competitions. Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders plaguing you for years, she says.

Shim Suk-Hee at the Asian games in 2017

at the Time, she had spoken in front of the world press only hint about what she has been through. You have “a hard road”, she had said at a press conference at the beginning of the games only and blocked otherwise all questions to your coach. “I was not able to talk about it,” she says today. In the meantime, she has accepted the help of a therapist, the only reason you have the strength to tell before the court what have you to say. Shim said that she had felt for years, “like a brainwash,” the coaches have repeatedly threatened to end their careers if they make the abuse public.

Trainer has filed an appeal

The coach has stood by the allegations, he has justified his actions, he did want to “improve the services”. In September, he was sentenced in a previous trial already to a ten-month prison sentence, Cho’s appeal, therefore, it is now come to a re-negotiation – in the case of the Shim for the first time in detail, has unpacked.

in South Korea training methods are applied, which are reminiscent of military training, is not news. The German short trackerin Anna Seidel, who has coached in South Korea, reported that even before the winter games in the “taz” of their experiences: “The type on the health of the athletes really nothing. Anyone who comes by, has happiness, and who is not, not.” The short tracker Noh Jin-Kyu was before the Games in Sochi in 2014 to the big medal hopes of the Koreans. The young man got in a year before a cancer diagnosis is made. It is said that the officials had ignored with views of the medal this diagnosis and it training pushed. Noh have missed out on important treatments, and died 2016.

Also from other sports allegations. The women’s Curling team, called “The Garlic Girls”, a crowd favorite at the winter games, because it won a surprising silver, has accused his coach, the athletes also repeatedly insulted and offended. The Coach was dismissed at the beginning of the month.

But it is not a case so prominent, such as the Shim Suk Hee. Their shocking statements have now been registered worldwide. You have the stuff to trigger the issue, such as in South Korea coaches with the sportsmen and women deal to be a major societal debate.

Before the winter Olympics has filled out messengers Shim Suk Hee a Question, even after your life’s motto will be asked to play out of Pyeongchang. She has a regret: “Nothing.”

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.