Olympics - Christie's nightmare Games ends in disqualification

Danny Woods
February 21, 2018

A spokesperson said: "Following the race Elise Christie was taken to hospital accompanied by the team doctor, team physio and team leader".

Sadly for Christie, the end result was her receiving a yellow card - a sign that she had committed two fouls and not one - and she was disqualified from the race, ending her final shot at Olympic gold in Pyeongchang.

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"The only reason they gave me the choice is that it is an Olympics".

But Christie insists she will return for the 2022 Games in Beijing.

"She will go through a training session tomorrow".

Pyeongchang 2018, 500m: The Scot tries to force her way through to third place on the last lap of the final, but falls after coming into contact with Yara van Kerkhof.

Her Sochi Games followed a similar pattern of disappointment four years ago. She's going to be determined to make sure that ankle's fit. When replays were shown, some people covered their eyes, unwilling to see how her legs were mangled by the force.

Britain's gold medal hope from Livingston was carried from the ice on a stretcher after her hopes of 1500m glory disappeared. "Elise Christie will be looking to lead the way during this week's events". I can't even count on two hands how many gold medals I've won since Sochi.

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Prior to reaching the first turn in her heat in the 1,000-meter qualifying round, Christie's skate collided with a competitor's, sending her sliding into the walls. "If she's able to skate she will, I don't think it's a problem for her mentally".

"She's been the dark horse, the little quiet girl who has come from behind and this is just the start of her career", Sharples said.

"You're picking up on the minority, I would say an very bad lot of people have got a lot of goodwill for her".

By the time she eventually hauled herself to her feet, it was apparent that her ankle had ceased to be weight bearing and thus all pre-race tactics were forgotten as she gingerly made her way back for the restart.

The pain was so intense that she was hoping for an adrenaline rush to temporarily tiresome it. "I wasn't supposed to be an Olympic medallist [in Sochi], it wasn't in me". "I definitely think I can win a medal there - it's just frustrating I have to wait four years to put it right".

The drama began seconds after the first start when Christie fell over and then held her ankle and grimaced.

Amid the cheers, it smacked of a storybook ending, too good to be true.

It meant she was placed in the hard fourth lane for the final.

It has been there ever since Christie's schooldays in Livingston, near Edinburgh, when she was called a "skeleton" for her pale features and treated as an outsider because of her passion for an alien sport. "Hopefully, I can come back again, I can reset, I've got a week until my best distance (she races over 1000m and 1,500m)", she said.

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