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'A race against time' - injured Christie's Winter Olympics may be over

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Elise Christie of Great Britain is carted off the ice on a stretcher after a crash with Jinyu Li of China during the Short Track Speed Skating Ladies' 1500m Semifinals on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb

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BySportsbeat
18/02/2018 at 08:27 | Updated 18/02/2018 at 11:20

British Olympic officials admit Elise Christie is in her biggest Olympic race yet - and it's a race against time.

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.

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"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."

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