More medal glory for Hucknall’s ice queen Elise Christie

ON TOP OF THE WORLD -- Elise Christie, who won a bronze medal at the World Cup. (PHOTO BY: Nick Potts/PA Wire).
ON TOP OF THE WORLD -- Elise Christie, who won a bronze medal at the World Cup. (PHOTO BY: Nick Potts/PA Wire).

There’s no stopping Hucknall-based short-track speed-skater Elise Christie at the moment!

For hard on the heels of her glorious coronation as European champion, she was among the medals again at the fifth leg of the World Cup, held in Dresden, Germany last weekend.

Christie claimed silver in the 500m and even managed to finish ahead of China’s Fan Kexin, who has been one of her chief challengers in recent times. The 24-year-old Scot finished just a split second behind Arianna Fontana, of Italy, who took the gold medal.

Team GB’s short-track performance director Stuart Horsepool said: “Elise’s victory at the European Championships made a big difference to her confidence and her overall performance in Dresden.

“Racing on the world stage brings a different calibre of skaters, so the challenge was greater than at the Europeans. However, that didn’t stop Elise, who put in a strong performance and showed a lot of tenacity while racing, which really paid off for her.”

Christie’s silver left her sixth overall in the 500m classifications for the World Cup. She is fifth in the 1,000m classifications and 25th in the 1,500m.

The sixth and final leg of the World Cup takes place in Erzurum, Turkey this weekend. Then it’s on to the World Championships in Russia in March.