Elise Christie has written of her gratitude at the support she has received after failing to claim the Olympic medal she craves.
The short track speedskater was disqualified from the 1000m on Tuesday night while competing with an ankle injury which would ordinarily require six weeks of rehabilitation.
She wrote on Twitter: “I wasn’t ready to let go, the reality was that with my ankle the way it was medalling was so unlikely, but my heart held on to that little bit of hope.
“I wanted to inspire people to never give up.
“I’m sorry it didn’t end the way we all hoped and I’m thankful for every message of support and every person that’s taken time out to tell me I’ve inspired them.”
Despite a second successive Winter Olympics ending with crushing disappointment and no medals, Christie has already vowed to have a fourth shot at the Games in Beijing in four years’ time.
She made her Olympics debut in Vancouver in 2010, came up empty-handed in Sochi four years later, and has now endured the same fate in Pyeongchang but remains undeterred.
Team GB fans were left heartbroken for Christie four years ago in Sochi, but they were all feeling positive that her bad luck would be banished this time around.
However, after crashing in his first two events, she was then disqualified in her final chance, ending yet another Olympic Games in heartbreak.
A rather emotional and heartfelt message to those watching and supporting her.
Surely one day her luck will change, and despite being a World Champion, you can only imagine how disappointed she's feeling at her lack of Olympic medals.
These next four years are going to be long for Christie, but everyone supporting Team GB will be hoping 2022 can be her time.