Win or bust for Christie at Sochi Winter Olympics

18 May 2013 / 15:51

Great Britain’s Elise Christie admits it will be win or bust for her attempts of claiming short track speed skating gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The former figure skater became Britain’s first World Cup champion over 1000m last season and won bronze in the same event at March’s World Championships.

But having crashed in the 1500m final two days earlier, Christie admitted she was more focussed on a podium finish than actually winning the 1000m.

And Christie – who also claimed 1500m gold at the 2013 European Championships – insists she won’t make the same mistake twice.

“Never at any point in that race did I go to win, so I learned a lot from that because I got off the ice disappointed,” said the 22-year-old.

“Most of the year I’d gone out and if I was beaten I’d done everything I could.

“But because of the way it went, losing my medal in the 1500m, it got to the 1000m and I stayed in third because I was protecting a medal.

“I won’t make that mistake again and it was quite good to experience that this year.

“I’ll go to the Olympics and whether I win a medal or not I’ll do everything I can to try and win.”

© Sportsbeat 2013