The Winter Olympic Games is still more than a year in the offing, but Elise Christie admits the prospect of Pyeongchang 2018 is already giving her a buzz on the ice.
And with weekends like the one just gone for the short track speed skater, it’s little wonder the days to 2018 are already being counted down.
After striking 500m gold on Saturday at the Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, Christie made it a rare double on the ice, going on to add a second a day later to leave Shanghai with a spring in her step.
The 26-year-old lead her final from start to finish to stop the clock in 42.734 seconds – a tenth of a second quicker than Italy’s Arianna Fontana in second place.
It was a day which saw Christie, a two-time Olympian having represented a Team GB at both Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, improve with every race, with her run in the final close to a second quicker than her gold-medal winning effort on Saturday.
And with her 500m personal best of 42.335 achieved just a month ago in Salt Lake City, Christie is currently on the crest of a wave, with her double success in China taking her to the top of World Cup classification ahead of home favourite Kexin Fan.
"I'm looking to work on the other distances now, concentrating on the 1000m next," said Christie.
"I can't wait to see the new venue in Pyeongchang.
"I've heard it's really nice and so I'm looking forward to getting comfortable and used to the ice there.”
She continued: "I'm happy with my two golds and feel my equipment is better. I didn't assume I'd get the titles, especially being on Kexin Fan's home ground.
"Sunday's final was a lot smoother than Saturdays (which featured two restarts). I took a few knocks in that first final and was bumped around quite a bit".
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