“Hyojun!” Cheers, Lin Xiaojun ‘Raise your hand in return’… A mixture of welcome and tension

Former short track national short tracker Lin Xiaojun (27, Korean name Lim Hyo-jun), who was naturalized as a Chinese, returned to Korea for the first time in two years to compete in the 2023 International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Championships. visited

However, he hurriedly left the airport despite the enthusiastic welcome from the fans.

Xiaojun Lin stepped on Korean soil through Incheon International Airport on the 4th.

It has been two years since 2021 when I visited Korea. The Chinese short track team, to which Lin Xiaojun belongs, will participate in the World Championships held at the ice rink in Mok-dong, Seoul from the 10th to the 12th.

Among the Chinese national team players, it was Lin Xiaojun who received the most cheers. At the airport, dozens of Korean fans as well as Chinese fans waited for him. Although Lin Xiaojun showed up a little later than expected, the fans kept their seats for a long time. Some Korean fans welcomed his arrival by calling him by his Korean name, “Hyojun!”

After exiting the entry gate, Lin Xiaojun briefly waved to the fans and greeted them, but as the welcoming crowd gathered, it was clear that he was embarrassed.

Even during an interview with reporters, Lin Xiaojun did not stop her steps and did not open her mouth for a while, as if she was nervous.

When the reporters asked how he felt about participating in the competition again, he briefly replied, “I think it’s the same competition and I will prepare well as I prepared for the original competition.” However, he showed a cautious attitude about the training process, saying, “I will tell you after the game.”

Xiaojun Lin left the airport under the guard of a team official. Even outside the airport, fans stayed by Lin Xiaojun and sent messages of support. A Chinese player signed autographs and performed fan service. However, Lin Xiaojun, who was followed by many fans, could not afford to relax.

In 2019, Lin Xiaojun was charged with pulling the pants of a junior national team member of the same sex and exposing body parts. He was acquitted after a lengthy court battle, but the one-year suspension from the Korea Skating Federation was maintained. In the meantime, Xiaojun Lin became a naturalized Chinese citizen in 2020.

From the 2022/23 season, Lin Xiaojun split the ice with a five-star red flag. In particular, he improved his recent condition by winning gold medals in the men’s 500m and men’s 5000m relay at the 5th World Cup, and the men’s 500m at the 6th World Cup. 바카라

The Chinese national team players, including Lin Xiaojun, will change their atmosphere by taking tours in Seoul on the 6th, and then start training at the ice rink in Mok-dong from the 7th.

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