Christie keen to bounce back after latest crash

GB Short Track skater Elise Christie in action.
GB Short Track skater Elise Christie in action.

Short track speed skater Elise Christie is ready to bounceback from her recent Winter Olympics crash, with the help from two of her heroes.

The 27-year-old’s hopes of 500m gold were dashed when she was clipped in Tuesday’s final, crashing out and finishing fourth, but now she has set her sights on the 1000m and the 1500m.

Christie had similar disappointment at Sochi 2014 when she was disqualified in each of her three events but says she is now focused on Saturday’s 1500m and Tuesday’s 1000m events.

The triple world champion said: “I picked myself up the next day, I even felt better that night. I’ve had so much support from back home, which is incredible.

“I’ve heard from Jessica Ennis and Kelly Holmes and they are my two biggest heroes and it’s overwhelming they’ve messaged me.

“This is a total opposite feeling to Sochi and I feel ready to go again. I’m super focused for the 1000m, which is my last event, because that’s my favourite and best distance.

“I’m just getting back on track for that and I’ll still be racing fearless.

“I’m trying to enjoy the moment I’m in and not focus on everything that has gone wrong.

“I know I can do well in the 1500m but it’s never a distance that I focus on. It’s about having a race and getting ready for the 1000m.”

And added: “However, I know I’m capable of medalling in it because I’m the world champion at 1500m too. It’s nice to finish with my best event but I’ll be looking to get that medal this weekend too.”