Missouri's Emily Scott crashes, takes fifth in 1,500m race

Saturday, February 15, 2014 | 5:19 p.m. CST
Emily Scott jumps in front of the Olympic rings. Scott took fifth in the short track 1,500m race Saturday at the Sochi Olympic Games.

COLUMBIA — Missouri's Emily Scott took fifth in the short track 1,500m race Saturday at the Sochi Olympic Games. Zhou Yang of China took the gold  in the speedskating event.

With seven laps to go, Scott, Kim Alang of South Korea and Li Jianrou of China crashed. Scott recovered but was unable to catch up, finishing fifth. Li was unable to finish and Kim was disqualified. 

Shim Suk-hee of South Korea won the silver and Arianna Fontana of Italy took the bronze.

Emily's father, Craig, who is in Sochi, said he was a little disappointed with the results. He believes that his daughter could have earned a medal if she had not crashed. 

"It was one of those things that was out of our control," Scott said in a text message.

This was the second time that Zhou grabbed gold in the 1,500m; she won four years ago in Vancouver. 

After the race, Scott tweeted, "5th overall in the 1500m. Thanks for all the support and sweet messages!" 

Scott will compete in is the 1,000m race on Tuesday, her final race in Sochi. She turns 25 on Sunday.

"We're going to the mountains to watch bobsledding and eat dinner," her father said. 

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