Electric Elise! Two World Cup medals for Hucknall speed-skater Christie

MEDAL PRIDE -- Elise Christie (right) shows off her 500m  bronze, alongside fellow medallists, Kexin Fan and Ji-Soo Jeon (PHOTO BY: Tony Chung).
MEDAL PRIDE -- Elise Christie (right) shows off her 500m bronze, alongside fellow medallists, Kexin Fan and Ji-Soo Jeon (PHOTO BY: Tony Chung).

Christmas presents came in the shape of two medals at the World Cup for Hucknall’s tenacious short-track speed-skater Elise Christie.

The 24-year-old Scot bounced back from her fall at Shanghai in China only seven days earlier to land magnificent bronzes in the 500m and 1,000m races at Seoul, South Korea.

And adding merit to her performances was the fact that she had to overcome niggling injuries and gruelling training sessions in the run-up to the Asian leg of the prestigious tournament.

After taking Seoul by storm, she tweeted photos of the two medals and said: “Physically nowehere near my best battling with injuries and mental scars, but managed this!”

Now she is back home in Hucknall with boyfriend speed-skater Jack Whelbourne, and began a relaxing holiday by doing some last-minute Christmas shopping at Meadowhall.

But it won’t be long before she is training again for the last two legs of the World Cup, which are at Dresden in Germany on 6th February and at Erzurum in Turkey on 13th February.

The International Skating Union (ISU) event is a six-leg affair, with Seoul the fourth leg. In the 500m, Christie won her heat and semi-final before finishing just beind Kexin Fan, of China, and Ji-Soo Jeon, of Korea, in the final to move up to sixth in the overall World Cup classifications.

In ther 1,000m, she was second in both her heat and quarter-final before winning her semi and finishing third behind Yutong Han, of China, and Marianne St-Gelais, of Canada, in the final to move up to fourth in the overall classifications.

GB short-track performance director Stuart Horsepool said: “Elise’s medals were very much deserved. She skated with grit and really showed what she is capable of.

“Shanghai was tough, but she has come back and raced with much more confidence this time, proving that sending her out to Asia for the two weekends was worthwhile.”

Whelbourne also raced in Seoul, being placed 22nd in the 500m and reaching the semi-finals in the 1,500m.