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South Korean Olympic gold medallist Shim Suk-hee allegedly beaten by coach

South Korea's skating authorities say they've suspended a national team coach for allegedly beating Olympic short track speed skating champion Shim Suk-hee.

Speed skater leaves camp for 2 days after incident with male trainer

Sochi gold medallist Suk Hee Shim of Korea left training for two days after allegedly being assaulted by one of her four male trainers according to reports on Thursday. (Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

South Korea's skating authorities have suspended a national team coach for allegedly beating Olympic short track speed staking champion Shim Suk-hee.

The Korea Skating Union on Friday said Shim left a national team training centre for two days this week after she was allegedly assaulted by one of her four male coaches. She returned to the centre on Thursday.

Skating authorities confirmed an investigation is underway, but did not identify the coach.

Shim won the women's short track 3,000-metre relay gold medal during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She also took silver the 1,500 and bronze in the 1,000.

No details of the incident have been released, and It wasn't immediately known if the 21-year-old was injured. Shim is preparing for the Feb. 9-25 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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