Five chosen for Team GB's short track Olympic squad
The British Olympic Association have confirmed the five short track athletes who will represent Great Britain at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Elise Christie, Charlottle Gilmartin and Kathryn Thomason will all compete in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m events. Farrel Treacy and Joshua Cheetham will both compete in the 1000m event.
The British team already have experience of competing in PyeongChang, having taken part at the ISU World Cup in December 2016, at the Gangneung Arena, which will again be used at the Winter Olympics.
Christie will be competing in her third consecutive Olympic tournament. It will be the second for Gilmartin. Thomson, Treacy and Cheetham will all be making their Olympic debuts. Christie said:
“It’s a great end to the World Cup season for me and a relief, after a tough season with injuries. I can't wait to get back out to Korea and compete again at the stadium in front of the crowds there who are amazing, and I'm really looking forward to being part of Team GB again after four years.”
Thomson is looking forward to the competition:
“It feels amazing and incredible to be selected. I'm so proud to be able to say I'll be representing Team GB at the Games. I am looking forward to being part of something so huge, with big crowds and support, I know it will be a great experience.”
Treacy was also proud to have been selected:
“It's a dream come true, it’s something I've always wanted since starting Short Track Speed Skating. It's been an aim for me to get to the Games particularly in the last four years since Sochi. There has been heartache and success along the way, so it feels amazing to be selected.”
Joshua added: “It feels surreal, I've wanted this from such a young age, and I'll be doing it for myself, my family as well as Great Britain. I feel a lot of pride, and responsibility to do my best and enjoy it. Short Track is the biggest sport in Korea, and they have such enthusiasm for it so I'm looking forward to seeing how they present it to the world.”
The Olympic Winter Games will take place from 9th - 25th February 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea