Christie's on top of the world

23 October 2012 / 12:32

Short-track speed-skating star Elise Christie is celebrating becoming the new world number one after winning a silver medal in the first World Cup of the new season in Calgary.

Christie reached both 1000metres finals in the inaugural competition, recovering from a collision to finish second in the first race behind South Korea's Soyoun Lee, before crashing out in the second final.

Christie said: "There have been some ups and downs. Because it's been the double 1000m I've had to race a 10,000m in total, which is really tough. But I'm happy with how I've raced."

GB short-track performance director Stuart Horsepool added: "Elise has committed to each race and she will be able to take a lot of confidence away from the weekend, in terms of both her race strategies and her ability to cope with the high workloads of competition."

The second World Cup of the season begins in Montreal on Friday.