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June 2, 2024

‘Only Fans Saved My Life,’ Claims Nottingham World Champion Speed Skater Elise Christie

“I felt like, how did I go from being a world champion to just having nothing?”

Elise Christie, a former world champion speed skater, credits Only Fans with saving her life after retiring from the sport. The Nottingham-based athlete worked three jobs and slept in her car, a stark contrast to her previous jet-setting lifestyle as a top-class athlete.

Her ankle injury prevented her from qualifying for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, so she retired in December 2021. She soon felt she had nothing and was trying to get by.

She told Nottinghamshire Live: “When I stopped skating, I was in a shallow place. I lost my home and was working three jobs at the time. One of my jobs was at the airport from three a.m. to about ten a.m., after which I would go directly to the other, and on days when I didn’t have either, I worked as a server. I thought, “How did I go from being a world champion to having nothing?”

The ten-time European gold medalist stated that she spent much time sleeping in her car, but things improved after she started using OnlyFans. Elise shared that she had been getting comments on her Instagram about OnlyFans for a while, but she initially believed, “It’s not for me; it’s not who I am.”

After learning more about the platform, she decided to try it. The 33-year-old said: “I’ve probably been on [OnlyFans] for about a year and a half now, and over time, I’ve learned more about its benefits and engagement. I was becoming more comfortable with what it was and being honest about it, as I had previously been extremely closed off to it.”

OnlyFans is well-known as a sex job site, but Elise revealed that she also uses the website to talk to people about fitness and answer questions about her speed skating career.

She stated, “Many people just use it to engage with me and my life, learn more about it and what happened, and ask me questions about sports and fitness.” I utilize it to engage loyal supporters.

“Once you learn and understand it, you can use it in the most comfortable way for you; you are not obliged to do things you don’t want to do; you may use it as you want. I’ve also experienced a lot of negativity, but at the end of the day, it saved my life when I had nothing.”

“I moved from being someone who won gold under a system to having nothing and being dropped out, left to figure out life. It got me out of a dark situation, and I now use it positively.”

Elise has regained control of her life, improved her mental health, and is pursuing a personal trainer qualification, which she intends to complete by the end of 2024. The mother of one, who began skating at seven, aspires to build a gym with a creche so parents with young children can stay active.

She stated that “the biggest thing I have found is that trying to get to the gym when you have a wee one is a nightmare” and that she had to do a lot of her training at home because you don’t want to hire a full-time babysitter only to go to the gym.

“I will obtain clients first and then seek a location to start a small business. I have a six-month-old baby, so the intention is to have a creche in there so people can come to the gym for personal training or to be there, and then upstairs, there will be competent professionals to look after the kids.”

Elise noted that she is “really enjoying being a mum” and has regained the motivation to work hard and start a business. Still, she will continue to use OnlyFans because it gives a “stable” and “reliable” income.

She stated, “I would never have gotten to this point without OnlyFans because doing three jobs meant I didn’t have a life. I had been left with no life due to my skating career.”

While Elise has announced that she will not compete in the 2026 Olympics, she has stated that she intends to train for specific Masters tournaments next year, including the world championships. She aspires to begin speed skating in these contests next year and says she has regained her passion for the sport.

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