Elise Christie's Winter Olympics end in disqualification

Ruben Ruiz
February 21, 2018

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Short-track speed skater Elise Christie was reduced to tears on the ice for the second time at the Winter Olympics after she crashed out of the 1500m semi-final on Saturday (17 February).

But the judges deemed her to have committed an offence during the race which resulted in her disqualification.

It was her second penalty - for "dangerous skating", cutting off another athlete - that ultimately dictated that she would not progress through to the quarter-finals.

But the 2017 three-time world champion, who was disqualified from all three of her Olympic events in Sochi four years ago, showed enormous courage and determination in even making it to the start line on Tuesday.

Christie still has a chance of a medal, with her favourite event, the 1,000m short track speed-skating taking place on Tuesday.

"I don't know how I got a yellow card", Christie said.

Christie barely got out of the blocks when she went sprawling on the ice in Tuesday's race, but was saved by a call for a restart. I promise Britain I will fight back from this and I will come back in Beijing and hopefully I can do Britain proud then. I have some ligament damage.

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The French pair's efforts fell just short though as Virtue and Moir's routine nudged them less than a point ahead, likely giving their careers another golden goodbye. It would've meant the world to me. It just wasn't meant to be. "I'm going to get myself so strong that I'll get out in front and get away from everyone and that will be the focus now".

"I'd have been off the ice for six weeks, I'd have been rehabbing". Instead, resolve, stoicism and nearly a gallows humour at her misfortune in the Olympics.

"Got my first ever yellow card, which I'm not really sure why".

"I trained all my life for this [the Olympics], it was everything to me, but it's done". I went out there and put it all on the line and I went for broke. I have no idea. "I've spoken to Stewart Laing, the performance director, and he's with her in the ambulance on the way to hospital". I was given advice and told I could choose whether I wanted to race. "It's nice to finish with my best event but I'll be looking to get that medal this weekend too".

But she only made it a few metres in her qualifier when she went flying out after clipping the blades of Hungarian rival Andrea Keszler.

She appeared philosophical despite the emotion that followed her final race, and social media was flooded with messages of support for her determination to keep competing despite repeated setbacks. If she comes through that - and it's still a big if - then she will compete tomorrow evening.

"You could not have written that in a book", the British skater said.

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