Seoul, South Korea (CNN)At the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korean speed skater Shim Suk-hee stepped onto the podium with her teammates for gold medals -- the crowning moments of her sporting career.
How double Olympic gold medalist Shim Suk-hee lost the race to overturn her ban ahead of Beijing 2022
Fast-forward to 2022, and things have drastically changed for Shim ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The short-track speed skater was barred from training in October last year after a series of text messages she sent were leaked, causing controversy in her native country.
After two months of investigations, a Korea Skating Union (KSU) committee announced December 21 it was suspending Shim from the national team for two months, saying she had "marred the dignity of athletes."
The suspension meant the two-time Olympic gold medalist would not be able to compete in the Beijing Winter Games, which are set to begin on February 4.
To overturn the suspension, Shim had the option of appealing to the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee's (KSOC) Sports Fair Play Committee or taking the case to court.
It all began in October 2021, when Shim's text messages with a former national women's skating coach were leaked. In the messages, Shim mocked her teammates and discussed making a "Bradbury," raising suspicions of race fixing.
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