Elise Christie looks set to MISS out on 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after saying her ankle injury has ‘set her too far back’ – as Olympic curse is set to strike again for British speed skater who adds ‘my heart is shattered’
- GB skater Elise Christie suffered setbacks at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018
- The 31-year-old now appears resigned to missing out on next year’s Games
- In a post on Twitter, she said her serious ankle injury had ‘set me back too far’
- British Ice Skating didn’t elaborate on whether her fate was officially finalised
Elise Christie’s Olympic curse looks set to continue after she cast major doubt on her appearance at Beijing 2022.
The former speed skating world champion has been pushing to qualify for another crack at the Winter Olympics after suffering high-profile setbacks at each of the past two Games.
However, after a series of underwhelming qualifying results across the past six weeks, which followed her recovery from a significant ankle injury, the 31-year-old appears resigned to missing out on making the cut.
British speed skater Elise Christie has cast major doubt on her appearance at Beijing 2022
In captioning a picture of herself (above), Christie posted the following message on Twitter
In captioning a picture of herself in tears, Christie posted on Twitter: ‘There’s a lot to say, but for now… this photo speaks what I cannot say. The ankle injury I sustained set me back too far.
‘My heart is shattered. So much love to all my supporters and fans. I’ll be back soon.’
British Ice Skating didn’t elaborate on whether Christie’s fate was officially finalised with the team still awaiting clarity on how many places they will have at the Games, which begin in February.
Christie received death threats from fans of a rival after a crash (pictured) at Sochi 2014
Injury and disqualifications wrecked her three-pronged bid for gold at PyeongChang 2018
However, Christie, a triple world champion in 2017, failed to make the semi-finals in any short-track discipline at the four World Cup events used to determine qualification.
The situation extends her difficult relationship with the Olympics, where injury and disqualifications wrecked her three-pronged bid for gold in 2018.
She also received death threats from fans of a rival after a crash at Sochi 2014.