Gold for Elise Christie at final ISU World Cup of the season
GB Short Track National Coach, Nicky Gooch commented: “Elise skated fantastically well in Turkey. Her results across the World Cup Series have improved consistently and she can now head into the World Championships encouraged by the fact that she is very capable of winning medals on the world stage.
“Elise raced and won against some of her toughest competition at the weekend, but we won’t allow the victory to let us become complacent. Elise is back in training this week and we will be putting in a lot of hours in the lead up to the World Championships to make sure she is prepared”.
In addition to Christie’s podium performances, there were another four top ten individual finishes from Team GB at the weekend.
Christie’s team mate, Charlotte Gilmartin also had a good weekend, reaching the semi finals in 1,500m and coming third in her heat, only to Canada’s Kim Boutin and overall winner, Arianna Fontana of Italy. Gilmartin went on to win the B final, putting her in ninth place overall across the distance.
In the men’s competition, Jack Whelbourne raced well to a fourth place finish in 1,000m, narrowly missing out on a podium place. Richard Shoebridge finished seventh in 500m, with team mate Jon Eley following closely behind in ninth place.
Gooch said: “Charlotte raced really well in the B Final this weekend. Jack skated exceptionally well to make the 1,000m and was very unfortunate to not win a medal. He had a bit of a bump from one of the other competitors, and it should have gone his way if the referee had acted on it”.
The men finished in 8th place overall in the 5,000m relay which qualifies them for a place in the World Championships.
Gooch added: “The men have only raced in four out of six World Cup events this season, so they have done extremely well to climb the results table and secure a place in the World Championships as qualification is based purely on points.
The squad are feeling good as we focus our attention on the upcoming ISU World Championships. The ISU World Cup Series is ideal for the skaters to get used to racing against their competitors at world level and they will be taking what they have learnt during the series and working hard to make further improvements over the next four weeks.
The squad will be heading out to the ISU World Championships next, which takes place in Moscow, Russia from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March.
For a full list of results from the weekend, go to shorttrack.sportresult.com.
The GB Short Track Speed Skaters are all part are all part of the National Ice Skating Association’s (NISA) World Class Short Track Programme. For more information on the sport, go to www.iceskating.org.uk