Ice Dancing duo Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin have decided to walk separate ways.
On July 19, Yura Min announced the end of her partnership with Alexander Gamelin on Instagram. The athlete said, “until last week, Gamelin and I were practicing together for the upcoming Beijing Olympics. However, I had noticed some changes. Gamelin had become lazy and consequently, we have been receiving warnings from our coaches for the last 2 months.”
“Every time i asked him to give in more effort, Gamelin promised to do so. But he did not. So two weeks ago, I told him that if this were to continue, we will place last again and we might as well give up on skating,” Min continued.
However, Gamelin’s argument was quite different. The skater stated, “It is with deep regret and sadness that I must inform you that although I was committed to representing the Republic of Korea through the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Yura has decided to end our 3-year ice dance partnership.”
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It is with deep regret and sadness that I must inform you that although I was committed to representing the Republic of Korea through the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Yura has decided to end our 3-year ice dance partnership. It has been an honor to represent the Republic of Korea in International, World, and Olympic competition, and to have become a South Korean citizen. I will always cherish my memories of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, especially the roar of South Korean fans filling my heart. My sincerest thanks go to all who have supported my journey as a competitive ice dancer. I hope your good wishes will continue with me through all of my future endeavors.
Previously, Yura Min and Gamelin participated in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to represent the Republic of Korea. They danced to the traditional anthem of Korea, which moved many audience world-wide. In addition, when the couple revealed that they have been having a financial problem after the competition, the public held a charity, raising a total of $124,340 in donation.
Regarding the donation, Yura Min said, “Gamelin’s parents had started the process. Thus, they are the ones taking care of all the funding that has been raised so far. While I do not know how the money is being used, I will let Gamelin know that our fans are wondering about its usage.”
Translated by Dasol Kim
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