Speed-skater Elise Christie, of Hucknall, has been pinpointed as one of the country’s top sporting headline-makers of 2014.
In a review of the year, the ‘Sunday Telegraph’ newspaper focused on six sports personalities who went through momentous triumph or adversity that changed their lives.
And 24-year-old Scot Christie, who lives in Hucknall with her speed-skating boyfriend Jack Whelbourne, was one of the six after her calamitous run of bad luck at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Tipped to bring home medals for Team GB, she ended up with none after suffering three disqualifications and two falls. This is what she told the ‘Telegraph’:
“I went into the Olympics with two main aims: to win and to portray short-track speed-skating in a positive light. But often things can go wrong -- and that’s what happened.
“The nature of my sport is that mistakes happen, so I was expecting it in one of the events, not all three. After the first, in the 500m, I told myself there were still two chances to go, so I made sure I picked myself up and got on with it.
“When I was disqualified in the 1500m for finishing one centimetre wide of the finish line, it was frustrating because I’ve never seen anyone pick up a penalty or lose a medal for doing that. I knew they were the rules, so I had to accept it.
“The third time (when I was disqualified in the 1000m for colliding with an opponent) was the hardest one to accept because my psychologist had been telling me it could never happen again.
“My life perspective changed. I was a bit lost because I#d given up so much for one thing. Coming away with a silver medal at the world championships the following month meant I finally felt like I’d got something out of the year.”