Short track speed skater Kim Boutin, who won bronze in the 500-metre final Tuesday at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, has been subjected to threatening messages on social media from angry supporters of a South Korean skater.
They're furious with the Quebec athlete after Choi Min-jeong was disqualified from the race for interference after originally finishing second.
"The health, safety and security of all our team members is our top priority and as such we are working closely with Speed Skating Canada, our security personnel and the RCMP," the COC said in a statement.
Many Korean users condemned the negative comments. The majority of the comments written in Hangul, the Korean alphabet, instead blamed the referee, rather than Boutin, for the incident.
"Everybody, please, it's the referee who should be insulted. The athlete did nothing wrong," wrote one. "As a Korean, I am very sad that some people would have left these messages."
"They're very sensitive right now. Please, forget all of this and enjoy the rest of the Olympic Games. I am so sorry," wrote another.
Those voices seeking to defuse the furor came after comments which included:
"Aren't you ashamed to have cheated in the last Olympic Games?"
"You're not a real athlete!"
"You know what? You should be disqualified. Shame on you!"