Elise Christie

Elise Christie
By Eurosport

30/10/2017 at 13:22Updated 30/10/2017 at 14:25

Elise Christie is Team GB's brightest medal prospect at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics - targeting as many as three medals in short track.

  • Name - Elise Christie
  • Date of Birth - 13/11/1990
  • Place of Birth - Livingston, UK
  • Sport/Discipline - Speed Skating (Short Track)
  • Honours - World Championships: Gold x3, Silver x4, Bronze x5; European Championships: Gold x10, Silver x6, Bronze x1

Christie comes into the Games as one of the most accomplished short track talents in the world. She is the current world record holder at 500m - 42.335 seconds, set in Salt Lake City in November 2016 - and in March 2017 won triple gold at the World Championships in Rotterdam.

The 27-year-old claimed the 1000m, 1500m and overall titles, as well as landing bronze in the 3000m, to become the first ever European woman to rule the sport. If she can replicate that level of performance in PyeongChang she will become Britain's most successful ever Winter Olympian.

However, a Winter Games invites some difficult memories for Christie, who was disqualified from all three distances four years ago in Sochi following a catalogue of incidents.

Christie infamously suffered online abuse and had to rebuild her confidence and career after the trauma of Sochi - but four years on, she is better than ever before.

Britain has not won a medal in short track since Lillehammer in 1994 - and Nicky Gooch, bronze medallist in the 500m on that occasion, is now coaching Christie as she aims to deliver on her abundant promise, four years after seeing her dreams dashed in such public fashion.

After winning the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year award in October, Christie said of her gold-medal quest in PyeongChang:

" That is the goal and I definitely believe I can. It would mean so much to me, after fighting back from everything. And I would love to do it for everyone who has really supported me and everyone who helped me get here."
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