Heartbreak for Christie after latest final disaster: Winter Olympics Recap

By Iain Leggat 

For Great Britain, Day 4 of the Winter Olympics will forever be the day when Elise Christie crashed again.

After winning her quarter-final and coming second in the semi, Elise was going all out for gold in the final, only to get clipped and go sliding into the wall.

Other headlines included the Alpine Skiing programme finally getting underway and a historic Curling gold medal being won in the new Mixed Doubles category.

Here’s a look back at some of my best moments from Day 4, ranging from my weird inside thoughts of the day to highlights from Team GB, along with my personal highlight from the day’s action.

Top 3 Weirdest Inside Thoughts From Day 4

  1. Sport can be the worst sometimes
  2. Crashing in Alpine Skiing…AHHHHHHH!
  3. Nothing but heartbreak for Elise Christie

 

Christie Had GB In Tears

Four years to the day since Elise Christie’s disqualification from the Sochi 2014 500m, Team GB supporters suffered the same heartbreak as Elise crashed out of this year’s final.

Making it through to the final required skating two races within 2 hours, which Elise did with ease, despite a rough and bumpy semi-final.

Once her place was secured the public braced themselves for what was potentially going to be Team GB’s first medal of the event.

But the story had another agonizing twist. Elise moved up to third place on the 2nd last lap then collided with dutch rider Van Kerkhof. She smashed into the wall, and with that her chance of a medal was gone.

It was all over.

All the hype pre race, all the videos of her training, the comeback story told over and over again seemed useless.

This was the first blow. The second was Elise’s heartbreaking post race interview. It was raw, honest and brutal to watch.

This was one of the roughest race’s I’ve ever watched. The sight of Elise falling on to the ice, then her interview after, it was brutal.

Seeing an athlete go from confident, proud and happy to dejected and distraught is the worst sight in sport, and in the space of one minute was horrible.

Elise still has two more events with an even stronger chance of getting a medal. I am confident in her ability to re group and come back stronger.

 

What’s Been Awesome

Marcel Hirscher winning the Alpine Combined, finally adding a gold to his medal cabinet.

The sight of Hirscher battling the winds down the bottom half of the slalom course was god-like. He didn’t have a care in the world and his only aim was to get to finish as fast as possible. There is nothing quite like the sight of an athlete going full-throttle for a gold medal.

A deserving win for a man that has been a powerhouse in the sport of Alpine Skiing for years.

 

Headline of the Day

Chloe Kim put in a dominant display to claim her first gold medal at just 17 years of age in the Women’s Slopestyle.

Already a three times X Games Champion, and tipped to be the next great of the sport, she rode two outstanding runs.

Knowing she had secured gold before her final run, she went down and put on a show for the crowd getting a score of 98.25.

This is just the start of what could be a long and impressive career for the teenager.

 

Personal Highlight

Sprint racing in the Cross Skiing is a hidden gem of the Olympics. Lasting just over 3 minutes, it’s as tough as sport gets, and it makes for incredible viewing.

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo claimed the gold medal after a huge final section of the course, after he launched himself in the steepest hill on the course and powered to the victory.

Klaebo’s performance was a masterclass. He had the favourite tag, the weight of the Norwegian nation and was up against a world class field.

He thrived under all this. Dancing up that hill was the personification of that.

What a win and what a event.

 

Watch out tomorrow for the first sight of Team GB’s Curling team as they compete in their first round robin games, Shaun White is in action in the Men’s Halfpipe final and Mikaela Shiffrin goes for her first gold of the games in the Women’s slalom. Iain will also be back with more of his thoughts and musings from the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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