This is heartbreaking to watch.
Elise Christie, a speed skater from Great Britain, had another heartbreaking moment at the Winter Olympics. She crashed out of a final race.
The 27-year-old skater is one of the best in the world at her sport, but she’s yet to peak on the world’s biggest stage. At the 2014 Games in Sochi, she crashed out of two final races and was disqualified in another.
It happened again yesterday. Christie crashed out of the 500m final.
Christie, the world-record holder in the 500-meter, crashed hard when contact was made with Canada’s Kim Boutin. It appears that Christie’s hand was hit by Boutin’s skate.
The Great Britain skater was visibly upset after the race. She was tearing up while speaking to reporters.
“I was knocked over, I didn’t fall on my own. I’ve worked so hard for the 500 and it was taken away from me.
It’s out of my control. I got knocked over and that’s that. When it’s something you’ve worked on, for someone to knock you over, it seems so unfair….at least I can go home and think I didn’t make any mistakes but it still sucks.”
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Thankfully, Christie’s 2018 Winter Olympics are not over. She’s set to compete in the 1000m and 1500m races and has a great chance to win the 1000m. We’ll all be rooting for her.
“Hopefully, I can come back again, I can reset, I’ve got a week until my best distance (she races over 1000m and 1,500m),” the 10-time European champion said. “But right now I can’t see living with this feeling.”
NBC’s Olympic coverage continues today. Tonight’s primetime coverage will include Shaun White going for a gold medal in the halfpipe.