Elise Christie disqualified as final hope of Olympic medal erased

Elise Christie falls at the start of her heat in the 1000m short-track speed skating -- she would get back up and finish second after a restart, only to then be disqualified. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Great Britain speed skater Elise Christie has been disqualified from the Winter Olympics 1000m having crashed out of the 500m and 1500m events.

The Scot was felled in the final of the 500m and the semifinal of the 1500m -- suffering an ankle injury in the latter -- but opted to compete in Pyeongchang on Tuesday.

The race began in dramatic circumstances as Christie immediately tripped over a rival. Having begun the restart at the back of the field, Christie began skating aggressively in an attempt to move up after the halfway point.

After clashing with her rivals on multiple occasions while gathering pace, Christie was denied progress to the next phase after receiving a yellow card despite finishing second.

A distraught Christie told the BBC afterwards: "I did all I could to turn it around. I've got ligament damage and putting on a skate isn't the comfiest thing in the world. We did all we could but obviously it wasn't meant to be.

"If it had been the World Championship, I would have been rehabilitating. The only reason they gave me a choice is because it's the Olympics. I might have damaged it more because I was kicked at the start.

"I trained all my life for today and it was everything to me. Now it's gone. I felt I owed it to Britain to get back out there. It's an amazing sport but sometimes it does this to you.

"I have no idea why I got a yellow card. I was kicked at the start and fell over. I then went up the inside and I'm past the girl. The only thing I can think of is that the referee didn't think it was safe for my ankle. He was encouraging me to get off the ice at the start.

"I'm shell-shocked. I worked so hard to come back from this injury and a thousand of people wouldn't have skated. I can barely move my knee now but I can promise Britain I will fight back from it and hopefully I can do Britain proud.

"I have so much belief in myself and in the programme. It's just been torture -- what else can I say? Everyone's been such a massive support to me. I definitely think I can come back and medal in Beijing 2022."