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Christie sets sights on 2018 Games gold

March 25, 2014 17:40 pm

Elise Christie insists she is targeting gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in order to put her Sochi disappointment firmly behind her,

Having been crowned World Cup champion over 1000m in the 2012-13 season, as well as winning World Championship bronze over the same distance last year, Christie headed to the Sochi Games as one to watch for Team GB.

However the Scot endured a difficult time in Russia as over her three individual distances she was ruled to have performed illegal manoeuvres on each occasion and left empty handed.

But the 23-year-old won 500m silver at the World Championships that followed the Games and is not about to throw in the towel – admitting she is already looking to the future and PyeongChang 2018.

"You are supposed to reach your peak in speed skating after ten years, so for me, I'll peak for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea,” she said.

"There is a possibility of a switch to long track after 2018, but this is not something I am thinking about at the moment.

"I have a lot to work on before 2018, but I will be more experienced and will hopefully win the gold medal. I'll definitely give it my best shot."

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