Heartbreak for Nottingham-based speed skater Elise Christie who crashes out of Winter Olympics final

Elise Christie in action for Team GB at PyeongChang 2018 (Credit: BBC Sport)

Nottingham-based short-track speed skater Elise Christie crashed out of the 500m short-track speed skating final at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

Christie, 27, fell late in the race and crossed the line in last place but she has two more chances to win an Olympic medal.

Italian Arianna Fontana won the 500m gold in a photo finish with South Korean Choi Minjeong.

However Choi was then disqualified meaning Holland’s Yara van Kerkhof took the silver medal and Canada’s Kim Boutin won bronze.

Elise Christie is yet to win an Olympic medal.

Speaking after the race, an emotional Christie told the BBC: “I can’t see living with this feeling but it’s out of my control.

“I was knocked over, I didn’t fall on my own – it’s just tough, I worked so hard and it has been taken away from me.

“I don’t think I’ll be taking much positives from tonight.

“We’ve got a few days to reset now and it’s a week or so until the next event.”

Christie took up speed skating when she was 12-years-old and chose to stick with the sport when she moved to Nottingham when she was 15 to train full-time at the National Ice Centre.

Since then, Christie has won Nottingham Sportswoman of the year in 2013 and 2015, finishing runner-up in 2014.

She was named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in 2017 in recognition of her success at the World Championships where she became the first British woman to win a speed-skating title.

At that games, she won the gold medal in the 1500m event and also finished fourth in the 500m before taking a second gold in the 1000m event and a bronze in the 3000m.

Those results meant Christie then won the overall gold medal.

She also holds the world record for the fastest ever recorded 500m, skating the distance in 42.335 seconds in November 2016.

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