But after a tumble on the ice – a defeat which in a painful twist of fate came four years to the day since her silver medal in the 500m was taken from her in the 2014 Winter Olympics – a medal was not to be.
Christie suffered a triple disqualification in Sochi, later admitting she had been “really close to giving it all up”, but seems to have been inspired to put it behind her, in part by her grandfather.
The skater called on her fans to “say a little prayer” for him after he became unwell in November of last year.
She wrote on her social media: “It’s times like these you realise how small skating is and how important your family is! If everyone could say a little prayer for my grandad tonight I would really appreciate it!