Elise Christie goes for gold right this moment in the 500m speedskating
Elise Christie booked her place in the ladies’s 500m quick observe speed skating remaining in a tricky semi remaining.
The Scot got here second in the race by a whisker.
She will now combat arch rival Choi Min Jeong for gold.
The South Korean set a brand new Olympic file in her semi remaining at 42.422 seconds.
The TeamGB speedskater had earlier set a brand new Olympic file in the semi finals.
Her Hungarian boyfriend, quick observe speed skater Shaolin Liu, and her mom Angela Wright are on the observe facet urging her on for gold.
The British skater, carrying the distinctive navy blue skin-suit, is the world file holder with at time of 42.335 set at Salt Lake City in November 2016.
She was the quickest to qualify for the subsequent spherical.
But her most important rival, South Korea’s Choi Min-jeong, is the Olympic file holder set at 42.870 simply three days in the past throughout her qualifying warmth. She beat the file set eight minutes earlier by zero.zero02 of a second.
The crowd on the Pyeongchang’s Gangnueng Ice Arena have been cheering for her arch rival Minjeong Chong, from South Korea, who broke Christie’s Olympic file in her personal warmth eight minutes later.
Elise Christie’s mom Angela Wright (pictured) watches right here daughter competing in the Speed skating 500m quick observe occasion on the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics
Short Track Speed Skating queen Elise Christie in motion right this moment as she qualifies for the ultimate
The 27-year-old Scot can have a tricky time successful over the house crowd after she knocked over South Korea’s Park Seung-Hi in Sochi 4 years in the past, throughout her disastrous triple disqualifications in the course of the Olympic Games in Russia
Elise’s crash with a South Korean skater 4 years in the past in Sochie led to her receiving a whole lot of dying threats from offended Koreans who love speed skating with a ardour
Elise has gained 15 Europe and world medals between 2014 and 2016, successful gold on the 2017 World Championship
The Scot is having a tricky time successful over the house crowd after she knocked over South Korea’s Park Seung-Hi in Sochi 4 years in the past, throughout her disastrous triple disqualifications in the course of the Olympic Games in Russia.
This led to Christie receiving a whole lot of dying threats from offended Koreans who love speed skating with a ardour.
One message mentioned: ‘I’m going to kill you and your mum.’
She thought concerning the crash and the backlash ‘day-after-day for nearly a yr’, she has mentioned, and even thought of quitting the short-track speed skating and taking on aggressive biking.
But she labored has her manner via it and even educated in Korea which helped her to grasp ‘that the hatred was from a small minority’.
Elise is TeamGB’s nice hope for a primary gold medal on the Games if she wins her two heats right this moment to succeed in the ultimate of the 500m skating
She went on to win 15 Europe and world medals between 2014 and 2016, successful gold on the 2017 World Championship.
Now the three-time Olympian is TeamGB’s finest hope of a primary medal in Pyeongchang as she competes in the tough and tumble, mad-dash 500m race which lasts lower than 50 seconds right this moment.
She can be competing in the 1,000m and 1,500m short-track speed skating races and hopes to interrupt her personal world file in the 500m.
Christie, the 2017 triple world champion, revealed her anguish forward of her qualifying spherical on Saturday, in gentle of her three disqualifications on the final Olympic Games in Sochi.
She mentioned: ‘I do not assume I’ve ever been on a begin line and felt so nervous, even in finals.
‘It’s as a result of it is the primary time the British public can have seen me largely since Sochi.
‘I do know what occurred final time and I clearly have small fears of that taking place once more. I believe it was all only a bit associated to that.’
Christie gained her warmth in dominant vogue, main from the entrance to victory over her Chinese rival in simply 42.872 seconds.
‘It was a very good skate,’ she mentioned after the race.
‘I felt relaxed and it did not really feel like I used to be at max speed so seeing 42 secs I used to be fairly shocked, to be sincere. It was good.
‘Racing hasn’t gone properly not too long ago due to accidents so I wished to place an announcement on the market to say, ‘I am again’.
‘I’m positively in higher form than I used to be after I broke the [500m] world file [in 2016].
‘My lap occasions are quicker in coaching then they had been after I acquired the world file – a few tenths [of a second] quicker.
‘So I’m hoping I can break my world file so long as the ice stays in good situation.’
Referring to her previous demons, she added: ‘You know you are on the Olympics, you’ll be able to’t keep away from it – there’s rings all over the place. I am glad the primary one’s out of the way in which now. The anticipation was killing me. Now I really feel able to focus and truly do the skating and get the job finished.’