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  • By Jung Min-ho

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) admitted that a quote attributed to figure skater Kim Yu-na was fabricated in a news story published on its website during the recent Sochi Olympics.

“It was originally written by one of our ‘young reporters’ (young trainee reporters from the Youth Olympic Games), but Kim Yu-na’s agent contacted us to say she felt that the quote was not accurate,” IOC media relations manager Sandrine Tonge told The Korea Times on Monday.

“We felt it was better to remove it since this was not integral to the story and we wanted to be accurate.”

In the article, Kim, 25, is described as calling Adelina Sotnikova the best skater of the competition at Sochi, where the Russian teenager edged her for the gold in a controversial decision in the women’s individual competition.

Kim, the Vancouver gold-medalist, had 219.11 points after the free skate, 5.48 points behind Sotnikova, who became her country’s first female champion ever.

The article, which was later re-edited, is titled “Youth Olympic Games inspire Sochi successes” and quoted Kim as saying, “She (Sotnikova)’s a highly technical skater and was very difficult to beat tonight. I saw her in Innsbruck as part of my role as Games ambassador. ... We both battled for gold tonight, but she managed to come out on top. ... She put on a great show.”

All That Sports, Kim’s agency, said on Saturday the quotes were fake, noting that the Vancouver gold medalist never made such a comment to any media outlet.

The IOC took down the part from the article on Sunday without any reference to an update, adding fuel to the controversy.
    IOC admits misquoting Yuna

    By Jung Min-ho The International Olympic Committee (IOC) admitted that a quote attributed to figure skater Kim Yuna was fabricated in a news story published on its website during the recent Sochi Olympics. “It was originally written...

    • Posted March 11, 2014
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  • Figure skater Kim Yu-na speaks during an awards ceremony for the Sochi Olympic medalists at the Taeneung National Training Center in Seoul on March 3. (Yonhap)
    IOC deletes the comment Kim Yuna says she never made

      By Jung Min-ho The International Olympic Committee (IOC) falsely quoted Korean figure-skating star Kim Yu-na in a news story published on its website following the controversial women’s final, where Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova edged Kim for...

    • Posted March 10, 2014
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  • N. Korea's Winter Olympian has gone from six in 2006 Turin to two in 2010 Vancouver to zero in 2014 Sochi. (Newsis)
    N. Korea to miss first Winter Games in 12 years

    IOC official says no one from nation qualified for Games North Korea will miss the Winter Olympic Games for the first time in 12 years. An official with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday that no North...

    • Posted February 4, 2014
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  • International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach bows to President Park Geun-hye during his visit to Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul, Thursday. Bach is on the last leg of a trip to cities in Asia. / Yonhap
    IOC gives thumbs up to PyeongChang prep

    By Jung Min-ho Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), spoke highly of the preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, at a news conference in Seoul, Thursday. “After the Sochi Olympics,...

    • Posted November 21, 2013
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