Today (25th January) was the exciting conclusion to the three day ISU European Short Track Championships 2015. After three days of competing in Holland, Team GB short track speed skater, Elise Christie is crowned 2015 Ladies European Champion.
After claiming two Gold medals yesterday in the 1500m and 500m, Christie had skated her way to qualifying to compete in the 3000m super final which took place this afternoon. Elise finished in second place hot off the heels of Poland’s Patrycja Maliszewska and scored enough points to put her at the top of the leader board, gaining her the overall European title and securing her a further gold medal.
Elise commented on her win: “I still can’t believe that I am the 2015 European Champion, when I came off the ice from the 3000m I didn’t actually relise that I had won until it showed up on the board. The aim of today was to focus on the 1000m as it is my strongest distance, unfortunately I got a penalty in the semi-finals which meant I didn’t make the final, however I didn’t let it get to me and made sure that I then turned my attention to the 3000m super final. I feel like I’ve skated really well this weekend and I will now look towards training for the next three big races.”
Team mate, Charlotte Gilmartin placed seventh overall after a successful weekend of top class skating where she made two finals, finishing fourth in the 1000m and fifth in the 1500m.
Gilmartin said: “I feel stronger than I have ever been coming out of a big competition which is a really great feeling. With each competition I have made positive steps forward, and I’m pleased with how I am skating. I’m really excited for the next few competitions where I will hopefully grow even more as an athlete.”
Stuart Horsepool said: “Charlotte has skated exceptionally well over the past three days and I’m really pleased with how she has performed. I’m also really proud of Elise for coping well with ups and downs. Individually the men did well and its just unfortunate that Jack received a penalty in the 500m, overall the men’s relay and Jack and Paul skated well. The focus will now be on the next couple of competitions and hopefully end the season on a high.”
There are two World Cup events remaining this season before the ISU World Short Track Championships, which are being held in Russia between 13th and 15th March.
For more information about ISU competitions please go to: www.isu.org