Christie returns to the ice in style with European silver
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Christie returns to the ice in style with European silver

12 January 2019 / 17:13
Elise Christie's return to solo action ended in triumph after bagging yet another European medal with 1500m silver in the Netherlands.

Not since the 2018 Olympic Winter Games had Christie competed individually, with injured ankle ligaments keeping her off the ice for more than six months.

But at an event that has seen her crowned European champion ten times in her esteemed career, Christie looked right at home on the ice of Dordrecht.

Qualifying in all three individual events, Christie was a class above in the 1500m quarter-final, through to the semi-finals in a time of 2:31.425 after winning her heat.

And it was to get better for the Team GB Olympian, with nobody coming close to the 2:27.895 she clocked in the semi-finals to get a favourable starting position for the medal race.

The final was expected to be a pulsating affair and so it proved, Christie finishing second to home favourite Suzanne Schulting, the two separated by just three tenths of a second, with the Brit clapping and smiling as she triumphantly crossed the line.

The 500m was not to go in the same favourable fashion, with the 28-year-old finishing third in her quarter-final and missing out on the semi-final race.

A chance for an 11th European title still remains, however, with Christie set to go in Sunday’s 1000m alongside teammate Kathryn Thomson having qualified fastest from her heat.

But whatever happens hereon in the Netherlands, it’s a comeback to savour for Christie after her disappointment in PyeongChang. 

Sportsbeat 2019