At seven, he emigrated to London and so followed his parents, who had already moved there five years ago. Christie did not begin until the age of 19, to train seriously Athletics.
In 1986, he won at the European Athletics Championships in Stuttgart as a complete surprise to the 100 -meter run and was starting for England at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in second. At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul Christie won in the 100 - meter race silver behind Carl Lewis, although only after the original first place winner Ben Johnson was disqualified for doping.
At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona Christie won the 100 - meter race, and at the World Athletics Championships in Stuttgart in 1993 he became world champion. Christie was the first person ever who held the Olympic title, the world title, the European Championship and Commonwealth titles simultaneously. With his time of 9.97 s, obtained at the Olympics in Seoul, he was undercutting the first European to over 100 meters, the 10 -second mark. In addition, he is still the oldest Olympic champion in this discipline (as of October 2012). Also in 1993, he was elected by the EAA European Athlete of the Year and by the press agency PAP to Europe's athlete of the year, during the same title by the Association of European sports journalists ( UEPS ), he was awarded. In Britain, he was also voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
After 1994, he was less successful. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, he was disqualified in the 100 -meter final for two false starts. He tested positive for the banned agent Nandrolone at a doping control in 1999. Although it was the British Association for not guilty, he was blocked by the Athletics IAAF. Christie stepped back then and has since been working as a coach.
Inspired by Christie's statement that he already start at the B of the Bang, and because of the success at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the 56 meter high sculpture B of the Bang was built before the Manchester Stadium.