Elise Christie in tears after Winter Olympics crash: I can't live with this feeling



ELISE CHRISTIE'S bid for gold ended in tears in the Winter Olympics today.

Christie crashed out on the final lap of her final.

She went for gold three times in Russia four years ago and came away empty handed.

And history repeated itself in Pyeongchang as she missed another chance to take glory.

Christie was lying fourth on the final lap of the 500m circuit.

And she she tried to catch up with the leaders she lost her footing and was flung across the ice into the barriers.

Christie was trying to barge through to third place on the penultimate lap of the competition when she appeared to catch Canadian Kim Boudin and toppled to the ice.

BBC commentator Simon Brotherton said: "In her quest for gold, Elise Christie ends up on the floor again. History repeats itself in Korea. She doesn't finish the race. One chance gone. She has two more attempts to try and claim an elusive Olympic medal.

"She is so, so upset down there at the moment."

Christie said: "I was knocked over, I didn't fall on my own. It's just tough, I worked so hard. It has been taken away from me.

"Even in the semi final I got crashed into and ended up in lane four. It is short track and I am supposed to be prepared for this but it hurts.

"Hopefully I can come back again. I can reset. It's almost a week until my best distance. Right now I can't see living with this feeling."

Pundit Sarah Lindsay, a three-time Olympic short track speed skater, said: "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.

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

Christie has two more chances for medals in the 1000m and 1500m races.

Christie was later awarded fourth place in the race after home favourite Choi Minjeong was disqualified, with Italy's Arianna Fontana taking gold, Holland's Yara van Kerkhof silver and Boudin being upgraded to a surprise bronze.

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