Winter Olympics: Why was Elise Christie THROWN OUT of the speed skating?

Christie crashed out before being disqualified after a restart

Christie exercised on a stationary bike in flip flops on Monday due to the swelling on her ankle but briefly returned to the ice on Monday to test the conditions.

However, a final decision will not be made until she has trained again on Tuesday morning and been assessed by Team GB's chief medical officer Dr Mike Loosemore.

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.

Elise Christie will write one of the great comeback tales in the annals of British sport should her dazzling speed on the ice bring our very own Blade Runner the gold medals that evaded her with such cruelty at the last Olympics in Sochi, Russia, four years ago. "I'm looking forward to seeing if I can get out there to race today".

"In this world you're going to get a few haters", Hay said.

She also crashed in the women's 500m final in Pyeongchang.

But the 27-year-old vowed to return in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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"You don't become a triple world champion without some resilience". She denied that the pressure of the Olympics got to her but something keeps going horribly wrong. She should take a holiday. Instead, resolve, stoicism and nearly a gallows humour at her misfortune in the Olympics. While there are concerns that she could be affected by the negative abuse - as she was in Sochi when she received thousands of hateful messages from South Koreans angry that she had crashed into one of their athletes - the British Olympic Association said it would not be advising a blackout. "We do have a lot of interaction with athletes long before we get to Games", he said.

"We give them some of the warnings about social media and then it is up to them what they do". Whether she makes it or not is still in the balance.

The decision looked harsh for Christie, who acknowledged that other skaters were moving aggressively during the heat, but she engaged in an illegal move of blocking a skater who was moving up the inside.

"We have all the scans, so we know where we are", he said.

"I hope she's got the determination to stay on as it would be incredible if she does". Christie is scheduled to race in heat five at 10.12am.

She will now take a break, before refocusing and going again.

The success of the Dutch in speed skating demonstrates the value of that approach and given the raised profile of the sport in Britain following Christie's achievements perhaps we should be knocking out rinks up and down the nation. The men beat Denmark 7-6, while the women overcame Switzerland 8-7 in another close battle.

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