British Skater Elise Christie Deletes Twitter Account After Online Abuse

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 15, 2014

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Elise Christie of Great Britain is consoled after the Short Track Speed Skating Ladies' 500 m Final on day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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British short-track skater Elise Christie, representing her country at the Sochi Winter Olympics, has revealed that she deleted her Twitter account after online abuse in the wake of her medal miss in the 500m Olympic final earlier this week.

Christie finished second in the race but was denied a medal when she was penalised for causing a crash which impacted on three of the four finalists. The penalty saw her demoted to eighth place.

Returning to the ice for her 1,500m heats on Saturday, Christie was eliminated again on a penalty decision, this time for missing the official finish line by 1cm as her race ended, according to the BBC.

Understandably upset, Christie told the broadcaster that her preparations had been affected by dealing with the abuse on Twitter after the 500m final:

I have had a few people threatening me, cyber bullying basically. I have had to deal with abuse on the internet as well. So, I have found it hard.

The incident brings to mind diver Tom Daley's online abuse during the 2012 Summer Games. Finishing outside the medals in the pairs event, one user told Daley he had let his father down, as Eurosport recorded at the time. 

Daley's father had only recently died from a brain tumour.

Daley, however, put the incident behind him to pick up a bronze medal in the individual event later in the Games.

Christie's last chance for a medal comes in the 1,000m, which is considered her strongest event.