Winter Olympics round-up: Christie's 'curse' and Russian doping scandal rumbles on

Winter Olympics round-up: Christie's 'curse' and Russian doping scandal rumbles on

Winter Olympics round-up: Christie's 'curse' and Russian doping scandal rumbles on

Christie's Winter Olympics are over and the manner was both shocking and wretchedly predictable as what should have been a routine 1,000m heat ended up featuring a crash, an injury, a restart, two fouls and a yellow card resulting in her disqualification.

SCOTTISH speed skater Elise Christie's Olympic misery continued as she crashed out of medal contention yet again.

Unfit going into the 1,000m fifth heat after injuring her ankle in Saturday's 1,500m semi-final, Christie fell on the first start but initially finished second after the restart.

After starting very slowly, clearly nursing her ankle, she closed up on the rest of the field and jostled for a good position before finishing in second to book a place in the quarter-finals.

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. "I don't know why I've been given the yellow card - but nothing really happened".

By the time she eventually hauled herself to her feet, it was apparent that her ankle had ceased to be weight bearing and thus all pre-race tactics were forgotten as she gingerly made her way back for the restart.

"I want to work on my jumps the next four years and flawless them". Part of me was saying "it's not meant to be, don't bother going on".

Elise Christie was one of Great Britain's medal hopes heading into the 2018 Winter Olympics.

There were dramatic scenes after the three-time world champion appeared to lose balance and crash into barriers after coming close to another competitor.

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A dejected Christie she had suffered ligament damage before the hear but wanted to give it a go because she had trained for years to be at the Olympics.

But the 27-year-old vowed to return in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. I might have done more damage but that doesn't matter. She went into the race as world record-holder, but finished in tears as the crushing disappointment hit home.

"It's not good", Christie said after hobbling off the track.

However, Christie stumbled at the start of the heat and crashed out forcing a re-start.

Maybe she needs to go and do long track for a year.

Italian Arianna Fontana, victor of the individual 500m, was claiming a record seventh short-track medal.

"I'm absolutely delighted the team managed to work so hard to get her there", he said. I have to take whatever the referee gives me.

"The only thing I can say is that I promise Britain I will fight back from this". "I definitely think I can win a medal there - it's just frustrating I have to wait four years to put it right".

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