Two days ago, 16-year-old South Korean figure skater Lim Eun-Soo’s calf was allegedly slashed by the skate of 22-year-old American skater Mariah Bell. The incident occurred during warm-ups ahead of the women’s short program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Japan. Lim received medical attention and then went on to score her personal best.
However, afterward, the management agency representing Lim publicly accused Bell of intentionally harming her rival, an incident that seemed to many to recall the infamous Tanya Harding–Nancy Kerrigan scandal.
But on Thursday, the International Skating Union issued a statement in response to All That Sports’ allegation, stating that “there is no evidence” that the slashing was deliberate. “The incident was verbally reported to the ISU by the Korean Team Leader however no formal complaint has been received,” The ISU said in a statement.