Yarnold backs unlucky Christie
8:46am Sunday 23rd February 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold has revealed how she and all her British team-mates are rallying behind short track speed skater Elise Christie after her bitterly disappointing Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Christie, reigning European champion, went into the Games with high hopes but suffered an unwanted hat-trick of disqualifications in the 500 metres, 1500 metres and 1000 metres.
Disqualification in the final of the 500 metres was hard to take and was compounded by the threatening messages Christie received on social media.
A 'did not finish' ruling ended her 1500 metres challenge at which point she must have begun to have wondered if everything was conspiring against her.
Christie's British team-mates were willing her to have a change of fortune in her favoured event - the 1000 metres - but, having reached the semi-finals, Christie and China's Jianrou Li were penalised for impeding on the final bend and her last chance of a medal had gone.
Yarnold, who claimed gold for Britain in the skeleton on day seven of the Games, said: "Elise is a good friend and I know how passionate and determined she is as an athlete.
"I was there to support her, everyone was behind her and now feeling for her after what happened.
"It was difficult for the whole team to watch.
"She's had a difficult time at these Olympics. We'll always support her."
Livingston-born Christie, 23, became the first British woman to win an individual medal at a World Championship when she claimed a bronze medal in Debrecen.