Christie's nightmare Olympics end with yet another crash and disqualification

Christie's nightmare Olympics end with yet another crash and disqualification”

Or did the Olympics bring out the worst in her? "You couldn't have written that in a book", she said, assessing her third Games to go by without a medal.

Christie only chose to compete earlier this afternoon after a morning training session, but now she has failed to finish her three events for a second successive Olympics.

The race was restarted due to the early collision, and despite Christie making a sluggish start as her ankle clearly was far from 100 per cent, she found a way to battle up to second place and seal progression to the quarter-finals.

By any standard, Christie's relationship with the Games is heartbreaking. Bravery with Christie is never in doubt, instead it just did not click.

"A few days ago I didn't think I'd be getting on the ice".

The spectre of Sochi hung over these Olympics.

"Elise Christie will be looking to lead the way during this week's events". She has got what it takes, she just needs to get it right. The only reason I was given a choice was because it's the Olympics. "I don't see that now".

Somehow she managed to prove both parties correct.

But she was given a yellow card by judges for an offence during the race. If it was any other race I'd have been off the ice for 5-6 weeks... No injections were administered, just the usual ice, recovery, elevation for damaged ankles.

"I crashed on the first start", she said. She caught her breath.

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The 27-year-old also confirmed she was planning to go for gold yet again in Beijing in four years' time. "I know how many people have tuned in to see that and I thought, "I'm going to give it my best shot".

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.

But after failing to medal at her second successive games, another Twitter user shared a picture of Simpsons character Side Show Bob standing on garden rakes.

But instead Christie, who was carried away from the track by head coach Nicky Gooch, was punished again by the officials, who gave her a yellow card for two indiscretions which amounted to her relegation.

But there were no obvious pangs of regret or heartbreak as she assessed the race afterwards.

"The Olympics is easier", Christie said. It would have meant the world to me. To be on the overall top of that podium was the most insane feeling in the world.

"I can promise Britain I'll fight back from this. It sucks but that's it now".

"She will go through a training session tomorrow". Wiser for the experience, she is resolute in her message that she will be back.

The drama on the speed-skating track was not over. But the desire is still there.

She added: "For all the success I've had, I can't let this define me". I can't even count on two hands how many gold medals I've won since Sochi, I'm the world record holder. "I really want to win and I believe in myself and what I'm doing".

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