Winter Olympics 2018: No broken bones, but Christie in 'fight against time' to be fit for final event


Elise Christie is facing a "fight against time" to be fit for her final event of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The British speed skater had to be stretchered from the rink after crashing out of her 1500 metres semi-final on Saturday, extending an Olympic nightmare that started at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Christie was disqualified from all three of her events four years ago and also fell in the 500m final last week.

While Christie's heavy impact with the rinkside barriers did not break any bones, she is battling to recover from an ankle injury in time for Tuesday's 1000m.

"It's a bit of a fight against time whether she can make it or not," Great Britain chef de mission Mike Hay told reporters.

"Nothing is broken - she's got soft tissue damage to her right ankle and we won't be making a decision until Tuesday morning about whether she can skate or not.

"She wants to make it but it might not be her decision at the end of the day - you've to be able to put the skate on your foot. We'll have to wait and see what the doctors say and take it from there

"There must be some chance or they wouldn't be saying we can wait until Tuesday, so we'll just have to sit tight for the next 48 hours.

"We've got a programme put together to give her the best opportunity but it's very much in the balance. If she's able to skate, she will. I don't think it's a problem for her mentally."

Posting on Instagram earlier on Sunday, Christie commented: "Would like to thank everyone for the support! You have no idea what it means to me!

"I have so much love for my country! I'm physically so strong and fast right now so fingers crossed I can make a recovery for my best event!

"And for all the short track experts out there I was always going to get a penalty as I didn't finish the race! I have so much love for short track."