Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

Elise Christie crashed out of the short-track speed skating final, suffering an agonising repeat of what happened to her four years ago in Sochi. 

The 27-year-old Scot suffered in a fraught semi-final that left her starting in lane four for the race of her life. 

And the reigning world record-holder struggled to recover from such a difficult position, getting frozen out by the front three and being forced to take a risky inside line. Christie snuck into third place but lost her footing and crashed out, leading to the Livingston-born athlete being taken out of the running and coming home in fourth some 40 seconds behind the leaders. 

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Winter Olympics 2018: 9 British medal hopefuls to watch

  • 1/9 Lizzy Yarnold

    Lizzy Yarnold won Team GB’s first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games after dominating the women's skeleton from start to finish. She hs recently take some time away from the sport before returning with the aim of defending her title at PyeongChang 2018.

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  • 2/9 Jenny Jones

    Jenny Jones set Britain alight with slopestyle fever when she produced a spectacular display at Sochi 2014 to take Olympic bronze. having spent a winter in Tignes as a chalet maid, she took up snowboarding, quickly winning everything she entered, included three Winter X Games golds between 2009 and 2010.

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  • 3/9 Jamie Nicholls

    Jamie Nicholls became the first British male snowboarder to win a World Cup event in 2016. The Bradford-born athlete took up the sport aged seven at Halifax Ski and Snowboard centre, but by the age of 13 he was already considered one of the best UK snowboarders. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Nicholls finished sixth overall.

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  • 4/9 James Woods

    James Woods won five consecutive British National Championships in slopestyle between 2007 and 2011. Woods suffered a hip injury in training for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, but finished a remarkable fifth in the slopestyle. After winning the Big Air competition to take a first ever Winter X Games gold medal in 2017, the Brit went on to take Winter X Games Europe bronze in slopestyle before repeating the feat at the World Championships a week later.

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  • 5/9 Elise Christie

    Elise Christie was born in Livingston and moved to Nottingham when she was 15 in order to pursue her sporting dream. After representing Great Britain at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Christie enjoyed the most successful season ever by a British female short track speed skater in 2012/13 - finishing the campaign ranked top in the 1000m world rankings, with two European gold medals to her name. Following three disqualifications at Sochi 2014, the 12-time World medallist will be confident of improving on her previous Olympic best result of 11th in the 500m at Vancouver 2010.

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  • 6/9 Eve Muirhead

    Eve Muirhead became the youngest ever skip to win a Winter Olympic medal when she guided Team GB to bronze at Sochi 2014 in what was her second Winter Olympic appearance. A four-time world junior champion, Muirhead has won multiple European and World senior medals – including a second gold at the 2017 European Championships – and will once again skip Team GB’s women’s curling rink in PyeongChang.

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  • 7/9 Dave Ryding

    Dave Ryding shocked the alpine skiing world when he claimed Britain’s first World Cup skiing podium for 36 years with slalom silver in Kitzbuhel in January 2017. The man from Bretherton had almost made another trip to the podium in Stockholm in the parallel slalom, but finished an agonising fourth, just 0.06 seconds off a bronze medal. Ryding competed at the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic Winter Games, finishing 17th in the slalom in Russia, and achieved his highest World Championship placing in 2017 when he came 11th.

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  • 8/9 Charlotte Gilmartin

    Charlotte Gilmartin began competing as a junior speed skater for Great Britain aged just 15, before rising through the ranks to regularly compete on the world stage. In January 2016, Gilmartin won 3000m gold and overall silver at the European Championships and added 500m bronze a year later.

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  • 9/9 Andrew Musgrave

    Andrew Musgrave’s first outing at the Olympic Winter Games came at Vancouver 2010 where he finished 51st in the 15km + 15km double pursuit, 55th in the 15km freestyle race and 58th in the individual sprint. In 2014, he competed in his second Olympic Winter Games in Sochi where he qualified 27th for the individual sprint before finishing 44th in the 15km classical and 53rd in the 50km freestyle. The Dorset-born athlete finished fourth in the 50km freestyle at the 2017 World Championships – a higher placing than any previously achieved by a British Nordic skier.

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Italian Arianna Fontana took gold, with Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands swiping silver and Canadian Kim Boutin winning a bronze medal.  However, Christie felt that she was taken out of the race by Van Kerkhof, although the incident did not appear to be reviewed by the officials.

Christie told the BBC: "Just in my feelings, I was knocked over. I didn't fall on my own.

"When there's five people in the final, it doesn't given you any benefit when someone gets a penalty. It's tough. I worked so hard for the 500m and it's just been taken away from me.

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"Even in the semi-final I got crashed in and ended up in lane four.

"I know it's short-track and I know I'm supposed to be prepared for this, but it still hurts."

Asked if she could come back in her next two events, she said: "Hopefully. I've got a few days to reset. Obviously it's still almost a week until my best distance, so that's a positive.

"Right now, I just can't see living with this feeling. It's out of my control. I got knocked over and that's that."

elise-christie2.jpgChristie was disqualified three times in Sochi 2014 and suffered further heartbreak on Tuesday (AP)

Christie will, however, have two more chances for glory in the 1500m and the 1000m.

Sarah Lindsay, a three-time Olympic short track speed skater, told the BBC: "She got away fast but obviously it was pretty messy. There is no room for error. There is always contact that you can't do anything about.

elise-christie1.jpgChristie was reduced to tears after further Olympic heartbreak (Getty)

"I feel terrible for her. She is skating so well. She will be so disappointed."

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Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

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Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

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Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

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Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

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Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony

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Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie Crashes Out In Speedskating Final As Team GB Gold Medal Hope Ends In Agony