Skater Elise Christie hits back over Winter Olympics nightmare


Great Britain's Elise Christie has been disqualified from her re-started women's 1000m short track speed-skating heat at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Wilf O'Reilly, former British short-track skater: There was vast courage that Elise Christie showed to get on the ice and to then go back to the start and be 20-30 metres off the pace, and close the gap in a qualifying position.

Christie crashed out of the 500m final and 1,500 semi-finals - suffering tissue damage in her ankle in the latter which had left her with a race against time to get fit for the mid-distance event.

Her involvement looked to have finished nearly before it begun when she clipped blades with Hungary's Andrea Keszler at the opening bend and was left grimacing in pain, lying prostrate up against the padded barrier.

In an attempt to finish at the second spot, the 27-year-old collided with China's Li Jinyu on the final lap and ended up being taken off on a stretcher.

"I would've been off the ice for five or six weeks [had it been a different competition]", Christie added. "He was encouraging me to get off the ice". If you are one of the favourites you will always be watched more than other skaters.

"We give them some of the warnings about social media and then it is up to them what they do. I've trained all my life for this and to me this was everything".

What I understand is there were two issues - I don't think it was a penalty at all.

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They have no idea how much that means to me.

Christie is now in a race against time to make Tuesday's 1,000m event - but had a hopeful message for fans. I [thought I] wasn't supposed to be an Olympic medallist, but I don't see that now.

We have the World Championships halfway through March in Canada.

Even in her diminished state Christie arguably remains Britain's best chance of meeting the target, though the times set by the two-woman bobsleigh might yet yield more sliding plunder.

The short track speed skater has crashed out of two events already in this Olympiad, missing out on medals in the 500m and 1500m, something she did in all three events four years ago. This sport has a variation in terms of having very young kids - particularly from Asia - while in western Europe and North America they tend to be a little bit older.

"The welfare of the athlete is more important than chasing any medal target that we have out there", he said. "It's obvious that in this particular case, the athlete could not have intentionally used a prohibited substance, it just does not make any sense", Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said.

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. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.