Elise Christie out of Winter Olympics after disqualification in 1000m heat

Oscar Cross
February 21, 2018

For every person on Twitter who suggested that Christie cracked under pressure, there were several others came to her defense. I was in a lot of pain.

By any standard, Christie's relationship with the Games is heartbreaking.

Elise Christie after her fall/ telegraph.co.ukFollowing the account of events in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Elise experienced a bad fall that involved her ankle tissue which kept her out of the 1500m heats.

Elise Christie has made a decision to perform a U-turn on her plans for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and continue with short-track speedskating after watching her medal dreams in Pyeongchang go up in smoke for a third and final time.

The 1000m was her final event meaning her Olympic dream is over.

To a significant number, she remains an idol befitting of her triple world champion status, fighting against adversity and pluckily battling back after obstacles appear in her way.

After Sochi, she spent time training in Korea, where she feared she would be the subject of more hatred, only to discover that she had become a hero there. The race was called back and she was able to restart.

Christie said: "I crashed on the first start".

With her hopes of a medal dashed she was carried from the arena by teammates on Tuesday, apparently suffering pain after an ankle injury sustained earlier in the week. "I feel deeply disappointed for her but for Elise, the whole of Team GB are incredibly proud of her - to show the guts and determination to come back to make that start line, that's been a tough 48 hours".


"Off the start one of the girls stood on my ankle, which is injured, so I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to skate", Christie said after the race. Part of me was saying: 'It's not meant to be, don't bother going on.' Part of me was saying: 'Just fight once more, give it one more try.' I deserved that and it's my best distance.

"I just thought it was a normal race and I moved up and I qualified and I was so happy", Christie said.

The Scot, who has won medals at every World Championship since 2013 and claimed three golds a year ago, said she had only raced on despite injury because it was the Olympics.

"I don't know how I got a yellow card", she told BBC Sport.

If she's bumped and bruised, Christie isn't quitting anytime soon.

"The only thing I can think of is if the referee doesn't think I was safe enough to race".

"I wanted to bring it home for Britain". It would have meant the world to me. "I'm devastated that I couldn't".

She will leave South Korea empty-handed after again missing out in the 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m speed skating events. "I'm not crying, I'm just coughing".

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