Elise Christie’s rotten journey to Pyeongchang 2018 got here to an awfully acquainted finish on Tuesday as she was disqualified in a blaze of drama from the heats of the 1000m.
The race was at all times going to be dramatic, contemplating her tear-stained crashes from the 500m and 1500m prior to now week and that was amplified by uncertainty over her health after injuring her ankle within the latter.
However regardless of being handed match, her ankle was a problem instantly.
Elise Christie’s Winter Olympics dream ended on Tuesday after she was given a yellow card
Her warmth was re-started after she fell on the primary lap following a collision with Andrea Keszler
CHRISTIE’S WINTER OLYMPICS CURSE
She collided with Hungary’s Andrea Keszler metres after the beginning and fell to the ice holding her ankle. She regarded near tears.
However she bought to her ft for a restart after which, regardless of being a distant final off the road amid apparent ache, fought exceptionally to get into the highest two.
Qualifying for the quarter-finals towards that backdrop would have been exceptional, however after ending second she was proven a yellow card for an unsafe manoeuvre.
With the ache in her ankle, she was then carried from the world by Workforce GB employees.
Christie is attended to and will get her skate fastened forward of the re-start of her 1000m warmth
Christie was in apparent discomfort within the warmth however managed to complete second
It follows three disqualifications in Sochi 2014 and continues her Olympic curse.
‘To be trustworthy, not a lot [is going through my mind.] A number of days in the past I did not assume I might be getting on the ice’, she informed Newpaper24 One after the race.
‘I did every part I may to vary it round. I had ligament harm and placing skates on wasn’t snug. We did every part nevertheless it clearly wasn’t imply to to be.
‘If it was one other competitors I would not have gotten on the ice. The one cause I used to be given a alternative was as a result of it is the Olympics.
‘I skilled all my life for this. It was every part to me. It is executed. I do not know, I felt I owed it to Britain. I wish to get quick observe on the market. It is a tremendous sport however typically it does this to you.’
Christie admitted she was affected by ligament harm earlier than the beginning of the race
Christie is carried away from the world by Workforce GB employees because of the ache in her ankle
She added: ‘I do not know the way I bought a yellow card. I’ve by no means had one in my life. I went up the within and I handed the woman. I don’t know.
‘The one factor I can consider is that if the referee does not assume I used to be protected sufficient to race. I can see why he may not need me to race like that. He was encouraging me to get off the ice.
‘You will must ask me tomorrow how I really feel. I am a bit shell-shocked. I labored so laborious to get again from this damage. I promise Britain I’ll combat from this and I’ll come again in Beijing and hopefully I can do Britain proud then.
‘I’ve a lot perception within the programme and in myself. It wasn’t via a scarcity of functionality it was simply quick observe. What else can I say? Everybody has been an enormous assist – the general public anyway.
‘It is simply irritating having to attend 4 extra years. It simply wasn’t meant to be this time. I’d similar to to thank all the children who’ve despatched me messages saying they’re impressed.
‘They don’t know how a lot which means to me. The actual fact 5, six, seven year-olds discover me inspiring brings tears to my eyes.’
Christie’s depressing Olympics introduced loads of response on Twitter, with one consumer claiming the Newpaper24 studio can be carrying ‘black armbands’ for the GB athlete.