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Elise Christie’s 1,000m hopes in the balance after fall

ELISE CHRISTIE faces a race against time to recover from an ankle injury and keep her ailing Olympics dream alive.

The 27-year-old suffered soft tissue damage in a fall during her 1,500m semi-final at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday, and was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Christie is due to go in the heats for her final and favoured distance of 1,000m tomorrow, but Team chief Mike Hay said her hopes of returning are in the balance.

“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 put the skate on your foot.”

Christie entered her third Olympics desperate to make up for the nightmare of Sochi, when she was disqualified from all three of her races.

But if anything Pyeongchang has proved an even bigger disappointment, as she crashed in the final of the 500m in the Games’ opening weekend and did so again on Saturday night.

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