Monday, 19 March, 2018

Winter Olympics: Elise Christie faces 'fight against time' to make 1000m

Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie sets sights on Beijing 2022 Games after disqualification ends British speed skater's medal hopes Team GB chief wants Elise Christie at next Winter Olympics following Pyeongchang heartache
Kristopher Love | 18 February, 2018, 15:13

After an exceptional display in her opening 1500m race, Christie placed herself in a good position to attack second-place China's Li Jinyu on the final lap of the semi-final, with only two guaranteed to go through.

Having been taken to hospital, the initial prognosis in unknown but it is suspected that the Brit sustained a cut to her leg or foot, with now a race against time to line up in the 1000m heats.

But she insisted she was back to full fitness in PyeongChang and had trained with a smile on her face, despite her fall and fourth place in the 500m final earlier this week.

When Austria's Janine Flock - the leader going into the final heat - could only clock a total of 3:27.92, it meant she tumbled from first to fourth, leaving Britain's Laura Deas to claim the bronze medal.

Speaking to the BBC following the crash, Team GB chef de mission Mike Hay said that his sole concern at the time was ensuring that Christie was ok.

No-one likes to write the same story but as Elise Christie was sent flailing across the ice it was all just a bit eerily familiar. Insult was piled on to injury when she was disqualified as she was carried away.

It's safe to say Elise Christie simply can not catch a break at the Winter Olympics.

Christie was left in tears after she missed out on a medal in the 500m short-track speed skating final just four days ago.

"Even in the semi-final, I got crashed into then and ended up in lane four.

Elise wants to thank everyone for their support and the hospital staff who assessed her so quickly".

Her six person semi-final was packed with talent, including the world record holder and home crowd favourite Choi Min Jeong, with only the top two advancing. "I'm really overwhelmed. I'm just really happy", Atkin said. "It's nice to finish with my best event but I'll be looking to get that medal this weekend too".

Christie, a three-time world champion, had also crashed out in her bid for gold in the women's 500m final as she appeared to lose balance and crash into barriers after coming close to another competitor.