Last weekend, several South Korean media reported that South Korea’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics short track speed skating champion Lin Hyo-jun has become a Chinese citizen and is preparing to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics next year. A South Korean Winter Olympic champion does not represent the South Korean team. Why should I change my nationality and join the Chinese team?
Why did the Olympic champion leave?
This matter is a bit long. First of all, let me talk about who Lin Xiaojun is. Lin Xiaojun was born on May 29, 1996. He is less than 25 years old this year and is in his golden career as an athlete.
At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, he represented the South Korean team and won the men's short-track speed skating gold medal in the 1500 meters and the bronze medal in the 500 meters. Very good athlete!
Lin Hyo-jun won the gold medal in men's 1500m short-track speed skating at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
But on June 17, 2019, he took off his teammate Huang Daxian’s pants during a climbing training session. As a result, this incident prevented him from participating in the Beijing Winter Olympics on behalf of the South Korean team. At that time, Huang Daxian was still hanging on the rock wall, so there was no way to pull his pants. And there are female players on the scene, which is really embarrassing! To apply the current buzzword-"It's not a big deal, but it's very insulting."
Afterwards, Lin Xiaojun apologized and said that the joke was overdone, but he felt that Huang Daxian had exposed half of his buttocks, and Huang Daxian later patted other female players on the buttocks. The implication is that the atmosphere was more relaxed. However, from the perspective of bystanders, it is inevitable that the training discipline of this team is a bit too loose, right? But the problem was not solved as Lin Xiaojun thought, because Huang Daxian still believed that he had been sexually harassed.
Huang Daxian’s playing style has also aroused criticism
In August 2019, Lin Hyojun was banned from the Korean Ice League for one year. In March 2020, Lin Xiaojun was sentenced to another year’s imprisonment with a probation of two years. This lawsuit has been appealed to the South Korean High Court, and it is very likely that he will not be able to represent South Korea in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. And this is why he wants to leave South Korea and play for the Chinese team.
Is Lin Xiaojun considered a high level?
I read online reports. Some media think that Lin Hyo-jun has not been trained for a long time and cannot be sure of his state. He is not a superstar like An Hyun-soo (won 6 Olympic gold medals before and after). For him It is doubtful to what extent the strength of the Chinese team can be improved.
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, short track speed skating men’s 500m awards, Chinese athlete Wu Dajing won the gold medal, South Korean athlete Huang Daxian won the silver medal, and Lin Hyojun won the bronze medal
But in fact
Before the scandal broke out, Lin Hyo-jun was already the captain of the Korean short track speed skating team and the leader of the men’s middle and long distance. In the 2019 Sofia World Championships, Lin Xiaojun won gold medals in the men's 1,000 meters, 1,500 meters, and 3,000 meters, as well as gold medals in the men's 5,000-meter relay and men's all-around.
As for the issue of recovery, his predecessor, An Hyun-soo, was also squeezed out because of factional issues in the South Korean team, and finally chose to change his nationality to replace Russia.Si participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics. At that time, An Hyun-soo was 29 years old, and he won three Olympic gold medals in Sochi. Therefore, as long as he is properly trained, the 25-year-old Lin Xiaojun is still an absolute figure in this field.
The current head coach of the Chinese short track team, South Korean Kim Sundae, is the coach of Lin Hyojun at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The South Korean coach has a deep bond with the Chinese team. In 2004, Jin Shantai had coached the Changchun team and sent six players to the Chinese national team. The two-time women's 1500m champion Zhou Yang in Vancouver and Sochi was discovered and trained by Jin Shantai. For example, World Championship champion Liang Wenhao and Winter Olympic runner-up Han Tianyu have also trained under him.
In addition, the aforementioned An Hyun-soo is currently coaching in the Chinese team. Therefore, Lin Xiaojun will choose to join the Chinese team. In addition to the most critical factor of the Beijing Winter Olympics, his previous coach and big brother must also play a key role in promoting.
It should be naturalized to a high level
Some people in the media felt that in view of the current relationship between the Chinese and Korean teams, naturalized Lin Hyo-jun would affect future cooperation. But I don’t think so. The Chinese and South Korean teams have been in fierce competition with each other for so many years. The Chinese team wants to surpass the South Korean team. Cooperation is one aspect, but it is not practical to hope that the opponents share the core secrets. What's more, Beijing will host the Winter Olympics next year, not the National Games.
On January 22, 2020, in the women's freestyle skiing final of the Lausanne Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020, Gu Ailing won the championship on behalf of the Chinese team
Speaking of "naturalization", some people may think that this is just for Chinese football to enter the World Cup. But in fact, Chinese football borrowed from the Beijing Winter Olympics. Several athletes represented by freestyle skier Gu Ailing have been naturalized, but when it comes to gold medal ability, Lin Xiaojun is considered to be a leader.
For Lin Xiaojun, the biggest problem now is not "naturalization", but whether he can catch up with the Beijing Winter Olympics after naturalization. According to Article 41, Paragraph 2 of the "Olympic Charter": Athletes who change their nationality must compete for the former for three years before they can play for the new country; if the relevant Olympic Committee and the International Individual Association agree, the three-year period can be shortened or cancelled.
The last time Lin Hyojun played for the South Korean team was at the World Championships on March 10, 2019. Now that he changed his nationality for less than three years, if the Korean Olympic Committee objected, he would still not be able to represent the Chinese team in the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year. Therefore, this matter is not that simple, it is just the beginning.