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South Korean Figure Skater Yuna Kim's ‘Robbed’ Sochi Gold Becomes Photoshop Meme
Written by Lee Yoo Eun On @ 20:07 pm | 2 Comments
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From elaborate posts, incredulous reactions and downright curses, net users, not limited to South Koreans, erupted in anger  when Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova won gold  over South Korean figure-skating legend Yuna Kim  at the women's free skating event at Sochi.
Immediately after the results were announced, many questioned the crowning of Sotnikova, and even an insider alleged that the competition was rigged . News reports began to appear on the judges’ panel  for the women’s free skate, which was comprised of four judges from Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, and Slovakia). The Russian judge is famously married to  the general director and past president of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia , and the Ukrainian judge has a shameful past record of receiving a year-long suspension  for a vote-trading deal.
For many online, it appeared to be a case of stolen gold for South Korea's beloved figure skating queen. Some net users took a proactive approach: an online petition  demanding an investigation into the scoring decisions and a do-over judgment received 1.9 million signatures in less than two days. Others vented their anger with humor, giving way to images mocking the Russian player's stumble  [ko] by photoshopping her into different scenes.
이 분 제가 비보이대회에서 봤는데요; pic.twitter.com/jIkTnPjSFC 
— 애교 (@_Yeong7) February 20, 2014 
I think I've seen her at a B-boy dance competition.
저분 엑소 커버댄서랍니다 글 내려주세요 pic.twitter.com/3426mYh3k9 
— 코뿔소박스 (@kobox00) February 20, 2014 
[Fake correction request] I heard that woman is a cover dancer for Exo [K-pop boy group], please remove your wrong post.
Many jokes were made about possible revenge at the 2018 Olympics, which will be hosted by South Korean city of Pyeongchang :
재미있는 트윗 글들…”두고봐라, 평창에서 보자 이것들아. 이상화 선수가 피겨에서 금메달 따는 걸 보여주겠다!”.. “편파? 흥! 우리에게도 비장의 무기가 있다. 평창에서는 검찰과 국정원이 심판 볼 거다!”
— 백찬홍 (@mindgood) February 21, 2014 
There were so many hilarious tweets about this result. One says, “Wait till we host the Olympics at Pyeongchang. We will make you watch [famous speed skater  of South Korea] Lee Sang-hwa winning a gold medal at figure skating”. One tweeted, “The rigging? We have a few tricks up our sleeve for that. It would be none other than our National Intelligence Service and prosecutors who will be judging the Pyeongchang Olympic games” [a reference to the spy agency's election meddling scandal ].
미리보는 평창ㅇ올림픽이랰ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/bgr02vfxBc 
— 시루 (@SEERU_) February 21, 2014 
They say this is a preview of the Pyeongchang Olympics. [The photoshopped image shows a traditional drum performer figure-skating] lol.lol.
여자피겨 진짜 올림픽 챔피언은…. 이 분. pic.twitter.com/dXj8WCOoHz 
— jungkwon chin (@unheim) February 21, 2014 
The real champion of women’s figure skating at the Olympics is … him.
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URLs in this post:
 erupted in anger: http://www.reddit.com/r/olympics/comments/1ygp7i/yuna_kim_was_robbed/
 Adelina Sotnikova won gold: http://espn.go.com/olympics/winter/2014/figureskating/story/_/id/10490435/2014-sochi-olympics-russian-adelina-sotnikova-wins-gold-yu-na-kim-2nd-gracie-gold-4th
 figure-skating legend Yuna Kim: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/02/the-sad-perfect-end-of-kim-yu-nas-figure-skating-reign/283986/
 an insider alleged that the competition was rigged: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/brennan/2014/02/21/figure-skating-scandal-sochi-olympics-adelina-sotnikova-yuna-kim/5680717/
 the judges’ panel: http://www.sochi2014.com/en/figure-skating-ladies-free-skating
 married to: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/controversial-russian-judge-up-for-skating-post/article4322279/
 Figure Skating Federation of Russia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_Skating_Federation_of_Russia
 receiving a year-long suspension: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/02/08/olympic-figure-skating-scandals-now-an-expectation
 online petition: https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/international-skating-union-isu-open-investigation-into-judging-decisions-of-women-s-figure-skating-and-demand-rejudgement-at-the-sochi-olympics
 images mocking the Russian player's stumble: http://www.todayhumor.co.kr/board/view.php?table=bestofbest&no=150011&s_no=150011&page=2
 pic.twitter.com/jIkTnPjSFC: http://t.co/jIkTnPjSFC
 February 20, 2014: https://twitter.com/_Yeong7/statuses/436586755223846913
 pic.twitter.com/3426mYh3k9: http://t.co/3426mYh3k9
 February 20, 2014: https://twitter.com/kobox00/statuses/436591655764779010
 hosted by South Korean city of Pyeongchang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Winter_Olympics
 February 21, 2014: https://twitter.com/mindgood/statuses/436701726398107648
 famous speed skater: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Sang-hwa
 election meddling scandal: http://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/south-korea-spies-tweets-and-gags/
 pic.twitter.com/bgr02vfxBc: http://t.co/bgr02vfxBc
 February 21, 2014: https://twitter.com/SEERU_/statuses/436667173956636672
 pic.twitter.com/dXj8WCOoHz: http://t.co/dXj8WCOoHz
 February 21, 2014: https://twitter.com/unheim/statuses/436756054299262976
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