Christie cruises in to quarter finals

GB short track speed skater Elise Christie briefly considered ending her Olympic campaign - but thankfully returned to the ice to produce a wonderful qualifying performance to advance to Friday's (Feb 21) 1000m quarter-finals.

Christie, 23, has had a tough Games, starting with her disqualification in the final of the 500m and continuing with a disastrous qualifying performance in the 1500m, when it was ruled she skated inside the finishing line, despite appearing to win the race.

But she returned to winning ways by skating a tactically astute race over her favourite distance in which she won the recent European Championships and finished last season ranked number one in the world.

She stayed safe at the back of the field and then burst clear of her rivals with three laps to go, winning by a commanding distance.

"I've had a few days feeling quite down and I struggled in training yesterday and I was pretty emotional," she said

"I was told about all the support back home and I smiled for the first time in a while. I was considering not getting back on the ice but the support I've had has pushed me to get back on.

"I'm really pleased with how I skated and thankful to all the support I've had. I didn't train very well and I was quite emotional but when I stepped on the ice I was ready to go and felt very confident.

"My coach wanted me just to enjoy it and get the love back for skating. He told me to use my instincts so I decided to sit at the back and then go clear at the end."

  • Date published: 18 February 2014
  • Date updated: 04 May 2016
  • Published by: sportscotland