The Latest: Briton Christie returns to training after crash

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The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

Short-track speedskater Elise Christie of Britain has returned to training for the first time since a dramatic crash in the women’s 1,500 meters at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Christie was back on the ice Monday and hopes to be able to compete in the 1,000-meter race Tuesday.

She crashed into the pads during Saturday’s race and had to be stretchered off. She was taken to the hospital for X-rays on her right ankle, which showed no broken bones.

The chef de mission for Britain says Christie has soft tissue damage to her ankle.

It’s not the first time Christie has experienced trouble at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

She collided with Chinese skater Li Jinyu in the 1,500-kilometer semifinals and also crashed in the 500-kilometer final.

In Sochi, Christie was disqualified three times.

9 p.m.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin is dropping out of the downhill at the Pyeongchang Games so she can focus on the combined event that was moved to the following day.

Shiffrin’s decision was announced shortly after officials said they were moving the combined up a day to Thursday because of strong winds in Friday’s forecast.

The downhill is Wednesday, so the 22-year-old American suddenly would have had to race on consecutive days. When she tried that earlier at these Olympics, she followed up her gold in the giant slalom by finishing fourth in the slalom.

Shiffrin had talked at the Sochi Games about aiming for five gold medals in 2018. Now she will end up competing in only three of the five individual events in South Korea.

8:45 p.m.

The most frantic finish in Olympic bobsled history may be happening.

There are five sleds all within 0.13 seconds of one another going into the final heat of the two-man competition Monday at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Canada’s Justin Kripps leads over Germany’s Francesco Friedrich, Germany’s Johannes Lochner, Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis and Germany’s Nico Walther.

That’s only the second time in Olympic history that five sleds have been within a quarter-second going into the last heat of a four-run race – in any sliding sport.

It’s also the second time it’s happened the last three days. There were five sleds within 0.23 seconds of the lead going into the final run of women’s skeleton on Saturday night.

8:40 p.m.

The women’s Alpine combined skiing event is being pushed up a day to Thursday because Friday’s forecast calls for strong wind.

That means the final women’s individual Alpine race will now share billing with the last men’s individual Alpine race. Competitors include 2010 Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn and two-time gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin.

The men’s slalom features Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who’s trying to become only the fourth ski racer in history to win three gold medals at a single Olympics.

This is the latest in a series of adjustments to the Alpine schedule because of concerns over fierce winds. It’s the third time during the Pyeongchang Games there will be a doubleheader of sorts, with one men’s race and one women’s race contested on the same day.

8:30 p.m.

The U.S. women have advanced to the semifinals of team pursuit with a chance to win a speedskating medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello were timed in 2 minutes, 59.75 seconds on Monday.

They finished fourth in the quarterfinals. The top four teams moved on.

The Americans have yet to win a medal at the big oval.

The Netherlands qualified fastest in an Olympic-record time of 2:55.61. Japan was second and Canada third.

The U.S. will be paired against the Dutch in the semis on Wednesday.

8:15 p.m.

The Netherlands has won its heat in the women’s team pursuit speedskating quarterfinals in Olympic-record time.

Marrit Leenstra, Ireen Wust and Antoinette de Jong were clocked in 2 minutes, 55.61 seconds on Monday at the Pyeongchang Games. That bettered the old mark of 2 minutes, 58.05 seconds set by the Netherlands four years ago in Sochi.

The teams with the four fastest times advance to the semifinals.

7:30 p.m.

The surprise winner of the super-G in Alpine skiing at the Pyeongchang Olympics is not even attempting to compete in the downhill.

Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic will be the first women’s super-G champion to not enter the downhill at the same Winter Games since Diann Roffe in 1994.

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