If Italian short-track speed skater Arianna Fontana seems a bit more effusive than most, she has good reason. In the 500-metre final on Thursday, she and two other skaters got tangled up and went flying into the padding on the side, letting last-place Jianrou Li slide comfortably into a gold finish for China.
Elise Christie of Great Britain started the pile-up when she clipped Fontana. South Korea’s Park Seung-hi almost got away but lost her balance as well, leaving only one skater upright.
But despite Li getting past the accident scene and cruising toward the finish, Fontana scrambled to get back up and chased after second place, finishing six seconds behind first but still good enough to take home some silver. Park Seung-hi of South Korea took bronze.
Not the most graceful way to win a silver, but a silver nonetheless.