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World Cup Silver medal for Elise Christie in Italy

Elise Christie has finished the 2018/2019 ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup series with a silver medal in the ladies 500m event in Torino, Italy (8th-10th February).

Today, on the final day of racing, Elise Christie finished second behind home favourite Martina Valcepina. Valcepina raced a time of 43.643s, with Christie finishing 43.903s. Elise Christie remains the current World Record holder of the 500m distance with 42.335s.

It’s positive progress for Elise Christie, who also won silver and bronze medals at this years European Championships. She said following today’s event;

“Since the Olympic Games it’s been quite challenging for me, I’ve had a new coach, I had some time out over the summer, and have only been able to train properly these last few months. Since the Europeans I feel like I’ve been building some positive momentum and I’m really excited about the next three years”

The GB mixed relay team have also been back in action, reaching the semi finals. Qualifying for the semi final was another confidence boost for the British skaters following the bronze medal the team won at last week’s World Cup in Germany, as the season draws to a close. Competing for Great Britain in the mixed relay were once again, Olympians Elise Christie, Kathryn Thomson and Farrell Treacy, and Jack Burrows, a 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Champion.

This weekend, Kathryn Thomson reached the main draw of the ladies 500m event and Farrell Treacy reached the quarter finals of the mens 1,000m event.

The final competition of the season will be the ISU 2019 World Championships taking place from 8th - 10th March in Sofia,  Bulgaria. Elise Christie made history in 2017 by becoming the overall ladies World Champion.