Elise Christie disqualified as final hope of Olympic medal erased

Elise Christie falls as Dutch rival Yara van Kerkhof glides past

"I'm not crying. I'm just coughing", Christie insisted Tuesday after the latest chapter of an Olympic career that's mixed physical pain and emotional turmoil.

Christie has found the social media environment a troubling space in the past, her equilibrium not surprisingly upset by the death threats issued by Korean trolls during the Sochi games.

Christie later vowed to continue her bid for an elusive Olympic podium place at the 2022 Winter Games. Christie had come here hoping to become her country's first gold medalist and second medal-winner in the sport.

Elise Christie has chose 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.

Christie was taking to the start line at the 1km event, her third and final throw of the dice.

But Christie arrived at PyeongChang 2018 battle hardened.

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. Watching her on the start line before the race, and warming up prior to her 1000 heat, she moved gingerly, testing out the right ankle which she said would usually rule her out for six weeks.

She recovered to finish second before being carried out of the arena, seemingly safely through to Thursday's quarterfinals.

As Christie looks back on another roller-coaster fortnight of competition, the hope now is that no lasting damage has been sustained to her ankle.

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Christie said: "To be honest, not much [is going through my mind.] A few days ago I didn't think I'd be getting on the ice". "So I skated round the middle just to see how I was feeling". "You dream of going to the Olympics, so when it happened, I just struggled to deal with it". The only thing I can think of is that the referee didn't think it was safe for my ankle.

Christie's potential as a double world champion in the 1000m and 1500m and the world record holder at 500m was a factor in the prediction of at least five medals in PyeongChang.

"I was really happy that I'd qualified", she added.

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

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

"I felt I just owe it to Britain".

"If it had been the World Championship, I would have been rehabilitating. I'm devastated that I couldn't".

The Scot was badly injured earlier in the Pyeongchang Games but she took the ice for her qualifier knowing there would be a two-day break and more rehab time until the next race.


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