Olympic skating champion Kim Yu-na is under pressure after a professor in the Department of Physical Education at Korea University, where she is enrolled, publicly recommended she take a leave of absence or get serious about her studies there.
In an interview with a newspaper, the professor criticized Kim for not taking classes seriously.
Kim, who is in her fourth semester, has been submitting reports in lieu of attending classes as she trains overseas. "If she graduates this way, she won't be able to be proud of herself either. In the case of prolonged overseas training, she should take leave of absence," the professor said.
A lecturer who gave Kim a failing grade last semester said, "Taking into account of the fact that Kim was training overseas, I told her to submit a video clip of her training and a short essay. But she did neither."
But some fans say that the university took Kim on as a means to promote the school in the first place. Kim's management agency All That Sports said, "Most athletes who are training abroad replace attendance with essays. As she was admitted through the special admission process for talented athletes, it should not be a problem."