Hucknall skate star taken to hospital after Winter Olympics crash

GB Short Track skater Elise Christie in action.
GB Short Track skater Elise Christie in action.

Hucknall short-track skate star Elise Christie was taken to hospital for precautionary scans after crashing out of the 1500m semi-final at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics today.

It was her second crash of the week as the the 27-year-old collided with China’s Li Jinyu on the last lap and leaves her with one last chance of a medal if fit enough to take part.

Christie, disqualified in three events at Sochi 2014, was adjudged to have caused the incident and penalised.

A Team GB spokesperson said: “Following the race Elise Christie was taken to hospital accompanied by the team doctor, team physio and team leader.

“She has had an X-ray on her right ankle which has shown that there are no broken bones.

“Team GB medical staff will continue to assess her over the coming days. Elise wants to thank everyone for their support and the hospital staff who assessed her so quickly.”

Mike Hay, Team GB chef de mission, said: “She took a heavy fall into the barrier.

“It’s hard to write this, it’s tough. But right now it’s about Elise’s health.

“She was in a great form and I saw her a couple of times and she was in a great place, it’s just incredibly unfortunate.”

The 27-year-old’s hopes of 500m gold were already dashed when she was clipped in Tuesday’s final, crashing out and finishing fourth.

Christie will now hope to be4 fit enough to make Tuesday’s 1000m event.