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Elise Christie

Great Britain

SportShort Track
NOCGreat Britain
Born13 Aug 1990 in Edinburgh 
Marital status* unknown *
FamilyPartner Shaolin Liu
ResidenceNottingham, ENG
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.335 13 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:27.502 12 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:18.696 09 Nov 2013 Turin  
    3000m 5:01.148 16 Mar 2014 Montreal  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    500m   2    
    1000m 1 2 1  
    1500m 1   1  
    Overall 1   1  
European Championships
European Championships
    3000m Relay 2 1    
    Overall 2 2 1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachNick Gooch [national]; Lee Seung-Jae [national]  
Reason for choosing this sport"I used to figure skate with a friend but then a short track club opened at the rink I trained at. I began short track once a week until I was 15 and then got invited onto the team and chose to concentrate on the sport."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began short track skating in 2004 at the Centrum Arena in Prestwick, Scotland.  
Club / TeamStirling Flyers: Scotland  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesA concussion meant she was unable to compete at the 2017 World Cup events in Dresden, Germany, and Minsk, Belarus. (, 09 Feb 2017)

She suffered from an ankle injury in 2015. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)

She sustained a back injury in 2005. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)
Famous relativesHer partner Shaolin Liu represented Hungary in short track at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Facebook profile, 21 Sep 2016;, 01 Feb 2014)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"You have to be odd to be number one." (Twitter profile, 04 Oct 2016)  
HobbiesSinging, arts and crafts. (, 14 Feb 2014;, 04 Oct 2012)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the overall competition at the 2016 European Championships in Sochi, Russian Federation. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
Hero / IdolBritish heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
Most influential person in careerCoach Nick Gooch. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 14 Mar 2017)  
Other informationNATIONAL FIRSTS
In the 2012/13 season she became the first female short track skater from Great Britain to win an individual medal at the world championships when she claimed bronze in the 1000m. In the same season she became the first British short track skater to win the 1000m overall World Cup title. She then became the first British female short track skater to win a gold medal at the world championships when she claimed victory in the 1500m at the 2017 edition in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She went on to win gold in the 1000m and the overall competition at the same event. (, 12 Mar 2017; NOC Media Guide, 2014)

She has contemplated a move to cycling following the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I would definitely be interested in trying it, even if I did not make it. I think it would be a fun sport to try. In short track I think people in their thirties can be fine but in cycling they can be much older, you get more powerful as you get older as well." (, 22 Mar 2016)

She received a DNF [did not finish] ranking in heat two of the 1500m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, despite being involved in a photo finish for first position. Judges decided that she had not crossed the finish line but actually passed on the inside of the line, meaning she was off the track and did not finish the race. The decision came two days after she was disqualified for impeding in the 500m A final, in which she had finished in second place. In 2016 she admitted it had taken her two years to get over her Sochi disappointment. "This is the first year really I have been able to pick myself back up after Sochi. And definitely I am stronger because, you know, what can be worse than what happened there?" (, 22 Mar 2016; BBC, 15 Feb 2014; ONS, 13 Feb 2014)

In 2011 she had to be rescued by firefighters in the middle of the night after a fire started in her first-floor flat in Nottingham, England. She was unable to return home for two months. (ONS, 04 Feb 2014;, 01 Feb 2014)

She has served as an ambassador for 'Right to Play', a worldwide initiative that encourages children to participate in sport. (Facebook page, 30 Aug 2016)
Awards and honoursShe was named the 2013 Nottingham Sportswoman of the Year in England. (, 05 Nov 2013)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall1  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall1  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall1  
    2007/2008 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m2  
    2013/2014 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2013/2014 European Championships Overall2  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1000m2  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall2  
    2009/2010 European Championships Overall3  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m3  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall3  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m4  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m4  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall4  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall4  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1000m4  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m4  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m4  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay4  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m5  
    2009/2010 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2006/2007 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships Overall6  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m6  
    2012/2013 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m7  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m7  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall7  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall8  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m8  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m8  
    2007/2008 European Championships Overall9  
    2009/2010 World Junior Championships Overall9  
    2008/2009 European Championships Overall9  
    2011/2012 World Championships 500m9  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m9  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay9  
    2011/2012 European Championships Overall10  
    2011/2012 World Championships Overall10  
    2010 Olympic Games 500m11  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m12  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships Overall13  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships Overall13  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1000m13  
    2010/2011 European Championships Overall16  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1500m17  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall18  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m18  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m19  
    2006/2007 World Championships 500m20  
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m20  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1000m21  
    2008/2009 World Championships 500m21  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m21  
    2007/2008 World Championships 500m25  
    2007/2008 World Championships Overall25  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1000m27  
    2006/2007 World Championships Overall27  
    2006/2007 European Championships Overall28  
    2008/2009 World Championships Overall31  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1500m33  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1500m36  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1500m40  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Moscow 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 500m1  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m1  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m1  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m1  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m1  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 1000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagoya 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 500m1  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m1  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Nagoya 1000m2  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Nagoya 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Sochi 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Montreal, QC 1000m2  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagoya 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Quebec, QC 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Kolomna 1000m3  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Sochi 1500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m4  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m4  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 500m4  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m5  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m6  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m6  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay6  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m7  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 3000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay8  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m9  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m11  
    2012/2013 Dresden 500m11  
    2012/2013 Dresden 3000m Relay11  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m12  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m13  
    2008/2009 Dresden 1500m14  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m15  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay15  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m17  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m18  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m20  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m22  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m23  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m28  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m28  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m30  
    2010/2011 Dresden 1000m31  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m32  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m33  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m33  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m34  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m46  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m46  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m48  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m57  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m60