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Christie completes Olympic nightmare in South Korea

Christie completes Olympic nightmare in South Korea

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The decision looked harsh on Christie, given there was pushing from other skaters in her heat, but she looked to have fallen foul of the rule that you can not block anyone moving up the inside. "I can't describe the amount of pain I was in", Christie said.

By any standard, Christie's relationship with the Games is heartbreaking.

Rated at between 80 and 90 per cent fit after suffering an ankle injury when crashing out of the 1500m semi-finals - a move that saw her disqualified - Christie only made the decision to compete in the 1000m heats during her warm-up an hour before the race. Christie had come here hoping to become her country's first gold medalist and second medal-winner in the sport.

Elise Christie has announced her intention to compete in her final event of the Winter Olympics after successfully taking to the rink for the first time since her heavy crash at the weekend.

Earlier, the 12,000 crowd showed its sympathetic side in support of Christie, who lived up to her reputation as Britain's unluckiest Olympian.

Christie insisted the events of four years ago were not weighing heavily on her.

Christie fell at the start of her heat but the race was stopped and started again. She makes the start line but crashes early in her heat.

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

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She then battled back through the field but was later disqualified by the referees after a video review.

But for me it didn't matter, she said after the disqualification.

'I have so much belief in the programme and in myself.

The athlete retweeted a photograph of a young fan who held a sign reading Elise I think you are fantastic, and pledged to return to the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

In the end, though, the 1000m world champion was issued with a yellow card, which disqualified her from the race and ended her Olympic Games.

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

If she's bumped and bruised, Christie isn't quitting anytime soon. I just really wanted to bring it home for Britain. I wouldn't have gone on if it was the world championships. "I'm devastated that I couldn't".

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.

"I would just like to thank all the kids who have sent me messages saying they are inspired".