Winter Olympics 2018: Optimistic Christie intends to compete in final event

Winter Olympics 2018: Optimistic Christie intends to compete in final event

Then in the 1500m, she crashed again in the semi-final, and had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher.

Great Britain's Elise Christie is disqualified from the women's 1000m short track speed skating heat at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. She revealed in an Instagram video (above) that she had managed to train on Tuesday morning ahead of the event, and is hoping to take part.

"Following the race, Elise Christie was taken to hospital accompanied by the team doctor, team physio and team leader". "I know this is short-track". Christie is scheduled to race in heat five at 10.12am.

It is as good to see the flying Scot smiling again now, as it was painful to witness her torment in 2014 when, in a tale of misfortune nearly too wretched to believe, the young short track speed skater was disqualified from three separate races - one for a technical infringement and two to debatable judging decisions - leaving her dreams of a medal in ruins.

Christie only made a decision to compete earlier this afternoon after a morning training session, but now she has failed to finish her three events for a second successive Olympics.

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For a while, the misery of Sochi shattered Christie's confidence. The head space, or whatever you want to call it, she's going to just be determined to make sure that ankle is fit. "I definitely think I can come back and medal in Beijing 2022". The only reason I was given a choice was because it's the Olympics.

And to add insult to injury for one of Britain's best ever winter athletes, Twitter users flocked to compare her to Bambi on ice, a falling penguin and accident prone cartoon character Side Show Bob. And behind that change of fortune is the compulsion to prove people wrong. The only thing I can think of is that the referee didn't think it was safe for my ankle. "I've had hard times, but I've learnt to embrace failure and accept that it won't always happen for me".

She suffered earlier horror showings thanks to an ankle injury that ended in her crashing out of the 1,500m semi-final. When we spoke the Wednesday before the Games started, she was in good spirits, but she talked of nerves, mentioned the expectation but equally the drive: repaying those who have supported her over the last four years since Sochi 2014, which was a heart-breaking tale in itself.

"If it was another competition I wouldn't have got on the ice".

"I did everything I could to change it around". "I'm a bit shell-shocked". Chumbawumba's "Tupthumping" played - "I get knocked down, but I get up again" goes the chorus. "I'm going to get myself so strong that I'll get out in front and get away from everyone and that'll be the focus now".

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