Christie makes the most of home comforts at British Champs

05 January 2015 / 17:56

She may have come away with three titles at the weekend’s British Short Track Championships, but Elise Christie insists she was more interested in the finer details in Nottingham.

Sochi 2014 Olympian Christie has been slowly finding her feet this season, culminating in two bronze medals at the final World Cup of the year in Seoul before Christmas.

And while full of confidence coming into the national championships, Christie was eager to put in a solid all around performance.

That was certainly the case over the two-day event with Christie named national champion across the 500m, 1000m and 1500m distances.

She was closely followed home by fellow Great Britain teammate Charlotte Gilmartin and Christie, who lives and trains in Nottingham, admitted it had been good to enjoy some home comforts.

“This weekend was about working on my technical skills and focusing on skating well; the fact that I got the titles was a bonus,” she said.

“For the last few months I have been skating against world class skaters and it has been tough, not only on my fitness, but also on my training, so it has been great to skate at home again.

“Whilst I’m skating at a world level I begin to find out my weaknesses and when I’m competing at home it enables me to work on improving and testing out new skills on the ice.”

In the men’s races, Jack Whelbourne took the title in the senior overall classification after finishing top in the 1500m and second to Jon Eley in the 500m, while Eley was also crowned 1000m champion.

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