Short Track Speed Skating Events - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's 3000 m Final - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 20, 2018. General view of a fan with South Korean flag. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 570,000 signatures had been gathered on an online petition to South Korea's presidential office calling for skaters Kim Bo-Reum and Park Ji Woo to be expelled from the Olympics.During the women's team pursuit quarterfinals on Monday, Kim and Park skated ahead as teammate Noh Seon-yeong fell behind the pack. Noh finished the race nearly four full seconds after her teammates did. Cameras showed Kim and Park walking away after the race as Noh cried in the infield of the Gangneung Oval. Some South Koreans believe Kim and Park were trying to humiliate Noh because there was nothing to be gained by crossing first.Ahead of the Olympics, Noh reportedly complained that she wasn't getting much time to train with Kim and Park, who were practicing separately at the university.On Wednesday night, Noh skated with Kim and Park again in a two-team race to determine seventh place.
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