NBC News Report: Figure Skater Charged with Attacking Rival with Skate Blade
REPORTER: "When the music for her routine began, etiquette gave 22-year-old Mariah Bell the right-of-way on the ice, warming up during a practice session at the world championships in Japan. This video shot from the stands and obtained by NBC News shows Bell skating past 16-year-old Lim Un-su, who then grabs her leg in pain. The head of the Korean team accused Bell of deliberately hurting Lim, according to the International Skating Union, which said in a statement, 'There is no evidence that Miss Bell intended any harm to Ms. Lim.' But according to a Korean news article, Lim’s agency called the incident premeditated, adding that Bell had been bullying Lim for months, for some triggering memories of Tonya Harding whose husband planned an attack against her rival Nancy Kerrigan. But today, U. S. Olympic skater Adam Rippon jumped to Bell’s defense. 'This article is click bait. I’ve been to the rink multiple times and no one has been bullying anyone. What happened in the warm-up was an accident.' Both skaters also share the same trainer, even though they skate for different countries now dealing with controversy at skating's most important competition."