Elise adds a silver lining
Short Track Speed Skating

Elise adds a silver lining

10 February 2019 / 18:31

Elise Christie brought the curtain down on her Short Track World Cup campaign in style with a silver medal in Turin.

The 28-year-old, who became the first British woman to win a speed skating world championship when she when claimed three gold medals in Rotterdam two years ago, came home second in Sunday afternoon’s women’s 500m final.

Christie was unable to prevent home skater Martina Valcepina from charming her home supporters, the Italian claiming victory in 43.643 seconds.

However, Christie, who was disqualified from Saturday’s 1500m final, was second over the line this time around, coming home in 43.903s to earn herself a place on the podium.

Earlier, Christie had won her quarter-final heat ahead of Valcepina but the pair switched finishing positions in the semi-finals.

And although the Italian was also first in the final, Great Britain ace Christie was nonetheless left to reflect on a fine end to her World Cup season.

“Since the Olympic Games, it’s been quite challenging for me,” said Christie.

“I’ve had a new coach, I had some time out over the summer, and have only been able to train properly these last few months.

“Since the Europeans, I feel like I’ve been building some positive momentum and I’m really excited about the next three years.”

Sportsbeat 2019