Elise Christie Leads Team GB Speedskating Squad

Christie crashed out in the semi-finals of the short track speed skating 1500m on Saturday night - and was rushed to hospital for scans on an ankle injury.

And, in another chapter that will enhance her status as Britain's unluckiest Olympian, the three-time world champion might now miss her favourite event, with the 1000m heats scheduled for Tuesday.

"It's a bit of a fight against time whether she can make it or not," said British Olympic Association chef de mission and team leader Mike Hay.

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

"It's how the ankle responds. She wants to make it but it might not be her decision at the end of the day - you've got to be able to get the boot 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, 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."

Four medals in the space of 36 hours have edged the British team to their five medal target but James Woods - a top hope to reach the podium - finished fourth in today's men's slopestyle final.

And, this morning, Eve Muirhead's curling rink, bronze medallists four years ago, slipped to their third defeat.

"Woodsy is very frustrated. He had it in him to win a medal and to lose by such a small margin is pretty galling," added Hay. "It's just very tough to come fourth in an Olympics.

"We've got opportunities left, Billy Morgan and Dave Ryding have both got chances. Curling isn't looking fantastic at the moment but it's a long round robin and Eve is still in there with a chance and I don't want to tempt fate with Elise, so I'll leave that one alone."

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Elise Christie Leads Team GB Speedskating Squad


Elise Christie Leads Team GB Speedskating Squad

Elise Christie Leads Team GB Speedskating Squad


Elise Christie Leads Team GB Speedskating Squad