#100daystogo: Elise Christie on learning from Vancouver

30 October 2013 / 08:42

The four years between Vancouver and Sochi seem to have gone pretty fast.

Vancouver was my first experience of the Olympics and it taught me a lot and really helped me to grow as an athlete. 

I learned that I didn't just want to go to the Games and finish in the top 20 or the top ten, I wanted to get that medal and stand on the podium. That's why you do all the training and make all the sacrifices.

When I came home from Canada I started thinking about Sochi straight away and changed my focus with my training and what I eat and drink.

I was just 19 then but I had to stop being a teenager and start being an elite athlete.

I realised that taking part in the Olympics wasn't enough me for me. And since then I've become a European champion, World Cup champion and world bronze medallist, so I know what can happen if you set goals and work hard.

Last year was a great year for my confidence, winning a medal at the World Championships and having some really good races in the World Cup season, where I won two golds and made the podium eight times.

People know who I am and perhaps there is a target on my back but I'm comfortable with that, I'd rather be in that position than not.

I know what pressure is like now and I understand people are going to look at me and think of me as a medal contender.

Anything can happen in short track but I'll do everything in my power to achieve my dream and make winning a medal a reality.

I know this season will be harder than last and there are lots of things to work on, I'm a perfectionist and I know my weaknesses.

I'm still learning and still making mistakes. At the worlds I perhaps settled for a bronze because I wanted a medal so badly. I think, if I found myself in the same situation again, that wouldn't happen. I want to be challenging for gold.

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