British speed skater Christie reveals internet abuse

British speed skater Elise Christie deleted her Twitter account after becoming the subject of internet abuse during the Winter Olympics at Sochi.

Elise Christie in her heat of the women's 1500m short track skating Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ms Christie, 23, suffered her second disqualification of the Winter Olympics this week when she was adjudged to have left the track in the 1500m event, but had already become the subject of threats and "cyber bullying", she said.

"I have had a few people threatening me, cyber bullying basically," Ms Christie told the BBC. "I have had to deal with abuse on the internet as well, so I have found it hard."

Elise Christie crashes in the ladies' 500m short track skating final Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ms Christie decided to shut down her Twitter account, after consulting with Team GB officials, so that she could focus on her skating.

She was disqualified from the 500m final on Thursday for moving outside the track and deleted her account the day after.

Ms Christie received her second disqualification today, in her 1500m heat, after straying away from the finish line, but is due to compete in her favoured 1000m event on Tuesday.