Day four preview: Christie goes for gold while Young aims to follow in Musgrave's footsteps
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Day four preview: Christie goes for gold while Young aims to follow in Musgrave's footsteps

12 February 2018 / 16:39

Day four sees two Brits take centre stage with Elise Christie bidding for 500m success in the short track speed skating while cross-country skier Andrew Young opens his campaign in the men's sprint classic.

Love in the air as Christie gets set for big moment


They’re dubbed the ‘Posh and Becks’ of short-track - only they hope to have matching gold medals, rather than his-and-her gold thrones.

Elise Christie and Shaolin Liu have four world titles between them though the Scot never gets tired of telling her Hungarian partner that she owns three of them. 

He, in contrast, likes to remind her that he won his first.

Liu finished just outside the medals in his first of his events here while Christie progressed to tomorrow's 500m quarter-finals, temporarily setting a new Olympic record in the process.

“I know she was nervous but she’s getting better, I’m teaching her. I think it's a really good thing to be in the same sport and giving advice to each other,” he said.

“I remember in 2016, before that season started, she said we're going to both be world champions together.

"I won my world title that year but she won her three 12 months later, that really annoyed her. I’ve always said the better I do, the better she does. 

“We're trying to help each other and handle the pressure together. We’re seeing each other when we can in the village but we’re both very focussed on what we have to do here.

“We can celebrate Valentine’s Day when we have finished, hopefully both with Olympic gold medals."

Young to take inspiration from fellow cross-country skier Musgrave


If people were unsure about what cross-country skiing was all about then they got a taste of it on Sunday as Andrew Musgrave came close to causing an almighty upset in the men's skiathlon.

In the mix for the medals right up until the closing kilometres, he eventually had to settle for seventh but it was still a best-ever result by a British cross-country skier at an Olympic Games.

Tomorrow it is the turn of Andrew Young to take centre stage at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, this time in the men's sprint classic.

Like his namesake, Young has already appeared for Team GB at two previous Games – Sochi 2014 and Vancouver 2010.

Having battled illness at the start of the season, Young has come on strongly in the last six weeks, placing tenth in the sprint on the opening stage of the Tour de Ski.

Tomorrow he will be hoping to qualify in the top 30 in the prologue to earn a place in the knockout stages.

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