Elise Christie ‘struggling with tactics’ ahead of Winter Olympics

Elise Christie, centre, celebrates on the podium after winning the 1000m
Elise Christie, centre, celebrates on the podium after winning the 1000m
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Short-track skater Elise Christie had mixed preparation in her final event ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, successfully defending one title but missing out in two other events at the European Championships in Dresden.

Christie, who hails from Livingston, held off the challenge of the Netherlands’ Jorien Ter Mors yesterday to secure the gold medal in 1000m in Dreden. However, the 23-year-old lost the 1500m title on Friday, finishing fourth to Ter Mors, while she also failed to qualify for the 500m semi-finals.

“Elise has only won one out of her three events,” said GB performance director Stuart Horsepool. “She didn’t perform to her best in the 1500m or 500m. She’s still got a lot of work to do.

“She is still struggling with race tactics and the whole competition environment. She may be comfortable doing the 1000m, but she didn’t skate as well as she has done.

“We’ve still got some work to do in getting her to perform at this level in the Games.”