Here’s a familiar scene for Australian Winter Olympics fans.
Chaos struck the finals of the women’s short track speed skating 500m on Thursday when all but one competitor fell down 20 seconds into the race.
China’s Jianrou Li was the only skater to remain upright, which was enough for her to cruise to a gold medal.
The insanity of short track speed skating in one sequence…
Here’s the crash (via BBC):
Going into an early turn, Li was in last place:
As she tried to make a pass, Elise Christie of Great Britain tripped, and took out Italian skater Arianna Fontana as she fell:
South Korea’s Seunghi Park got clipped in the skate, and fell down herself:
Li passed everyone, and never looked back:
She was skating by herself, and won by a ridiculous margin of six seconds:
It’s a weird way to win, but gold is gold:
Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury will testify to that, as he won his gold in Salt Lake City in exactly the same circumstances. Except in Bradbury’s case, it happened twice – three of his opponents fell in the semi-final, allowing him to make the final in his fourth Winter Olympics appearance.
Here’s the great moment from 2002:
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