More Agony For Elise Christie Who Crashes Out Of Women's 1500m Semi-Finals At The Winter Olympics
A devastated Elise Christie suffered more Winter Olympics heartbreak after she was sent crashing into the side padding on the final bend of the Women’s 1500m short track speed skating semi-finals.
At the time of the crash Christie was attempting to overtake China’s Li Jinyu on the final bend, however the rivals tangled at the crucial moment, forcing the Chinese athlete to lose her footing and then completely whip Christie out, as the duo went sliding into the padding.
However, the Scot was actually judged to have caused the incident and was penalised, meaning she would have been out of the final anyway.
Meanwhile, Choi Minjeong went on to win the semi-final heat, while Petra Jaszapati was subsequently able to clinch second spot in fortunate circumstances, but that’s the brutal nature of short track speed racing for you.
It was a heartbreaking moment for Great Britain’s 27-year-old medal prospect who had also crashed out in the 500m Final earlier in the week - as she missed out on a pedal - while back at Sochi 2014 she was disqualified from a whopping three events.
An inconsolable Christie left the Gangneung Ice Arena in tears on a stretcher with Team GB then revealing that she had been taken to hospital as a precaution.
It’s not yet known if Christie will be fit in time for the 1000m heats which take place in three days time, but let’s hope she makes a speedy recovery and can go on and finally win that elusive Olympic medal.
Here’s the moment a desperately unlucky Christie was sent crashing for the second time at the 2018 Winter Olympics.