Winter Olympics: Fans taken on emotional Christie rollercoaster

From BBC - February 13, 2018

Elise Christie was aiming for her first Olympic medal.

After the heartbreak of the Winter Olympics in Sochi four years ago, and the subsequent fallout, the pressure was truly on for Britain's best hope of a medal.

But the fairytale just was not meant to be, with fans at home and in South Korea well and truly taken on an emotional rollercoaster.

It was an exhilarating morning, which began with the Brit setting an Olympic record after an impressive quarter-final which saw her complete the 500m in 42.703 seconds.

But despite a convincing result, it was still one of those *watch-through-your-fingers* moments for many, including Olympic hockey champion Helen Richardson-Walsh and former Team GB and Scottish 400m athlete Lee McConnell who were rooting for the Brit...

Soon enough, the buzz around Team GB's biggest chance of having a medallist this Games started to take its toll...

But the British dream was able to continue for a little bit longer, giving us all hope...

Next up came the semis, which resulted in a nail-biting photo finish which saw Christie finish in second place by an agonisingly close 4cm.


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