Speed Skater Kim Bo-reum Hospitalized for Severe Anxiety

  • By Chang Min-seok

    March 15, 2018 09:51

    Speed skater Kim Bo-reum is receiving treatment after suffering from symptoms of intense anxiety since the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

    "Kim saw a psychiatrist in her hometown of Daegu on Monday and decided to stay in the hospital for a while on the advice of her doctor," Kim's management agency said on Wednesday.

    Kim Bo-reum

    Kim came under severe fire for her attitude during the quarterfinal event in the women's team pursuit. At the time, Kim and fellow skater Park Ji-woo sprinted to the finish line while their teammate Noh Seon-yeong was left far behind.

    Not only were they blamed for poor teamwork, but Kim's accusing tone during a post-match interview drew allegations that she was bullying Noh.

    Later in the mass start race, she won the silver medal but could not celebrate the result. Instead, bursting into tears, she took a deep bow toward spectators to show her regret.

    The agency said that Kim's mother is also undergoing treatment in the same hospital for heavy stress.

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