World champion speed skater Elise Christie working as Pizza Hut delivery driver to make cash for Winter Olympics

WORLD CHAMPION speed skater Elise Christie is delivering pizzas to help raise cash for her 2022 Winter Olympics bid.

Christie, 30, is working at a Nottingham branch of Pizza Hut and revealed she is working several jobs after winter athletes had £8million of funding cut ahead of the Beijing games. 

The Scot was sent death threats before she crashed out of medal contention at Sochi 2014.

And she had another nightmare Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018.

After breaking the Olympic record in the 500m quarter-final, Christie crashed out in the final before being hospitalised with an ankle injury in the 1,500m semi-final.

And the final blow came when she was passed fit for the 1,000m final only to be disqualified for making moves deemed unsafe, harmful or hazardous.

But despite the blows, Christie is determined to go out with a bang in China next year.

She told the BBC: "Everything’s aimed towards [a medal in Beijing], taking it one step at a time and really working hard on weaknesses from the last Games.

“While still in the limelight I’m trying to [challenge] the stigma surrounding mental health, while doing so as that's a big goal of mine."

Earlier this year, two-time Winter Olympian Aimee Fuller announced her retirement from competitive snowboarding.


SunSport understands the 29-year-old – who competed at the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Games – is hanging up her board to pursue a career in media and broadcasting.

Fuller said: “Snowboarding has taken me to places I’d never even imagined.

“At the age of 12, you couldn’t have told me I’d be an Olympian, let alone two times over.

“I’m grateful to the mountains for always being my home for the last 13 years and it’s not goodbye completely, just goodbye from competitive boarding.

“I look forward to sharing many more memories and powder turns on the mountains.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my career. I feel satisfied, ready and excited to take the next step into the new venture, which is hopefully further broadcasting opportunities.

“This has been a sweet run but I am ready to do something new.

“Snowboarding is a physical sport, and it’s dangerous. There is a huge element of risk.

"I feel I’ve had a really good run, I feel happy in what I have achieved.”

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