Britain’s skater Elise Christie won her first race at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and qualified for the 500m quarter-finals. She ended the race in 42.872 seconds and came just ahead of Chinese skater Chunyu Qu.
The 27-year-old Elise is competing in the 500m, 1,000m, and 1,500m short-track speed skating races. This will be her third attempt at winning a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Christie’s first Olympic appearance was at the Vancouver Winter Olympics back in 2010. Since then, she also participated in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, but unfortunately wasn’t able to secure any medals.
Despite no Olympic medals, Elise is still Britain’s best chance for gold at the Pyeongchang Games according to the UK betting sites. After all, she is a multiple time European gold medallist.
In her post-race interview, she said, “I’m not going to lie; I don’t think I’ve been as nervous as that for about six years. I think because everybody back home has been so excited to see me skate again, I thought, ‘maybe I can’t do this.’ But I did. Racing hasn’t gone well this year because of injuries, so I wanted to put a statement out there to say, ‘I’m back.’ And I think I’ve showed them.”
She then added, “My best race is the 1,000m, so I’m trying to build into that really. I’m not quite at full fitness yet. I just want to get it done and go out there and do it again. I feel quite good. It’s going to be tough though. It’s about getting the preparation in between done properly.”
The quarter-finals are on Tuesday around 10:00 am GMT. Good luck Christie!