Winter Olympics: Elise Christie faces ‘fight against time’ to make 1,000m

Christie crashes out again
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
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Britain’s Elise Christie is in a “fight against time” to be fit for her final Winter Olympic medal chance and “won’t be at her optimum” if she does race.

Team GB chef de mission Mike Hay said he must “handle people’s expectations” in the 1,000m short-track skating event as Christie had “ruptured part of the tendons” in her ankle.

Christie left the ice in tears and was taken to hospital after colliding with China’s Li Jinyu in Saturday’s 1500m semi-final. The 27-year-old also fell in Tuesday’s 500m final.

The Scot has been wearing a protective boot and has tweeted a video of her on a static bike with the caption “48 hours to try get this sorted”.

“At the moment she can’t put her [skating] boot on,” Hay told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

This was posted by Christie’s Hungarian short-track skating boyfriend Shaolin Liu on his Instagram profile

Christie was disqualified in all three events at the Sochi Games in 2014.

When asked about her psychological state after five failed attempts to win a medal, fellow Scot Hay said: “She is fighting to be fit and desperate to race, so the psychological element changes a bit.

“If she’s able to skate she will, I don’t think it’s a problem for her mentally.

“It’s how the ankle responds. She wants to make it but it might not be her decision. We’ll have to wait and see what the doctors say and take it from there.”

On Sunday, Christie was retweeting positive messages on social media and correcting perceived criticism from what she called “short-track experts”.

She tweeted: