Crash doesn't stop Christie at World Cup
Elise Christie has a won bronze medal in the 1000m at the ISU World Cup in Kolomna, less than 24-hours after she escaped serious injury in a crash with Kim Alang from Korea and Arianna Fontana from Italy in the semi-final of the 1500m yesterday.
The Scot was left with substantial bruising and superficial wounds from a competitors’ blade, but nonetheless was back on the ice today to compete in her preferred distance, the 1000m. Christie said:
“It hurt a lot on the start so I couldn’t get into position at the front like I normally do, so I was forced to skate differently and come from the back of the pack. I had to skate this way in all three rounds today so to come away with a bronze, I’m really pleased with that.”
Christie was forced to withdraw from the latter rounds of the 1500m and 500m yesterday to receive medical treatment, and therefore finished the events ranked 7th and 15th respectively. Christie added:
“I want to thank all the medical staff and everyone that have helped me, especially Mike (Brownlow), he’s our physio, he did a great job to make sure I was able to race today.”
Christie bronze closes the British team’s campaign to win Olympic Winter Games quota places at the Turin and Kolomna World Cup. Performance Director Stuart Horsepool said:
“The past two weeks have shown the extreme highs and lows of performance sport. Today’s result with Elise winning bronze was fantastic and the whole team is really proud of how she performed after that crash yesterday, where for a moment we thought her Olympic dream was over.
“From the results on individual races here, we will have qualified a number of individual quota places for Sochi, and all but one of our medal opportunities for Sochi remain intact.”
Britain’s only lost medal opportunity for Sochi was the men’s relay quartet of Jack Whelbourne, Jon Eley, Paul Stanley and Richard Shoebridge. They finish outside the top eight after the two qualifying events and subsequently will not receive a quota place for Sochi.
Horsepool added: “The men ended up with three of the top four teams in the world in their quarterfinal; China, Korea and the Netherlands. We were within half a second of getting through. We were good, but not quite good enough on this occasion. They are obviously very disappointed."
The women’s squad also finished outside of the top eight, however Horsepool is pleased with the progress shown by the women’s squad at what is their first World Cup series competing together:
“It was always going to be a difficult task attempting to get a girl’s relay to the Olympics. It’s never been done before, but they’ve shown they have a great deal of potential and it’s exciting to think what the next four years up to Pyeong Chang could bring for them.”
In the men’s 1000m, Solihull born skater Paul Stanley produced a lifetime best in the qualifying rounds to reach the quarterfinal. He finished 15th overall, a position that should earn an additional quota place for the Sochi.
Unofficial calculations suggest that GB Short Track have won three male and two female quota places at for Sochi, however this will not be confirmed by the International Skating Union until December.
The BOA will announce the athletes selected to represent Great Britain at Sochi mid-December.
For full results from the World Cups in Kolomna and Turin go to shorttrack.sportresult.com.