Short Track Speed Skating World Championships: A viewer’s guide
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Short Track Speed Skating World Championships: A viewer’s guide

09 March 2017 / 16:40

With the biggest event of the Short Track Speed Skating calendar less than a day away, it’s no wonder Great Britain’s athletes are awash with excitement ahead of the World Championships.

Couple that with the countdown to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games reaching beyond the one-year-to-go mark, and there is no better time to be at the top of your game.

That’s the level a whole host of British stars will be looking to reach when they take to the track in Rotterdam, with three days of intense competition starting on Friday.

And with the group heading to the Netherlands with a plethora of medals around their neck, here’s our lowdown of how you can follow the action, all without missing a trick!

Overview

Elise Christie

34 nations are set to descend on Rotterdam for what will be a hectic three days on the ice in the 42nd World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.

There will be no time to waste before the action gets underway, starting at lunchtime on Friday with the preliminary and heat stages of all the disciplines.

That leads into what is set to be a frantic Saturday afternoon, with both the men’s and women’s 1500m competition getting all the way through to the medal races, with the first final commencing at 13:57 GMT.

Following on from that is the drama of the 500m, with men and women battling down from the quarter-final stage, while the ladies’ 3000m and men’s 5000 relay semi-finals take place prior to the medal ceremonies.

As quick as a flash, Sunday rounds off the busy weekend action, starting at 13:32 with the 1000m races, all before the 3000m Super Final in the afternoon.

And as if that wasn’t enough, there are also two relay finals to close off the Championships.

Christie and Gilmartin looking for experience to shine

Charlotte Gilmartin 3200

With five Great Britain stars descending on Rotterdam, there is the perfect blend of youth and experience taking to the ice.

After a season of mixed fortunes, Elise Christie will be eyeing up consistency with Pyeonghcang approaching, looking to replicate the form that saw her take 1000m silver and 1500m bronze 12 months ago.

Christie has also amassed an incredible 500m world record and five World Cup medals in 2016, keen to put the disappointments of missing out on recent events firmly behind her and desperate to add to the combined 25 World and European Championship medals already amassed.

She’ll be taking part in all three disciplines, as will team captain Charlotte Gilmartin – who has revelled in hitting the heights across all distances.

Christie said: “I am looking forward to getting back out there are racing. I feel more confident in myself than ever before, physically and mentally and I know I am the one to watch. I am focused on winning, and know I can medal”

Achieving 1000m and 1500m bronze medals this season, Gilmartin is ranked fourth overall in the 1500m, with this an ideal opportunity to add a first World Championships medal to her collection less than a year away from Pyeongchang.

“I am really excited purely because in each competition this year I have been gaining momentum and moving forward," said Gilmartin. 

"Winning two medals back to back is a good place to be. The world championships are quite different to world cups, there are no second chances if you go out in the first round, but there is the opportunity to compete in all three individual distances which never happens at world cups. I thrive under pressure so can’t wait to see what I can do.”

Thomson, Treacy and Cheetham keen to make their mark

Kathryn thomson

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Kathryn Thomson will be enjoying her first World Championships experience, with a chance to show her abilities on the big stage a main draw of her weekend.

The exact same could be said for Farrell Treacy, a World Cup 1000m semi-finalist also embarking on a maiden Championships, again competing across 1000m, 500m and 1500m.

He’ll be joined on the start line by Josh Cheetham, a man who has relished working on his weaknesses this season to constantly threaten the top 16 across 1500m, with the pair looking forward to leading the line for Great Britain’s male Short Track Speed Skating squad.

Cheetham said: “I am pleased with the way this season has progressed. I worked on my weaknesses at the beginning of the season with my coaches and in the latter stages picked up top 16 places in the 1,500m. 

"The worlds are a great opportunity for me, I am excited to be skating against the best in the world and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

How to watch

Highlights of the second day of competition will be available throughout Monday on Eurosport, with action across the channels starting from 7:00am.

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