Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Short-Track Skater Would Have Retired from Sport If She Won Gold

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Short-Track Skater Would Have Retired from Sport If She Won Gold

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ELISE Christie had planned to retire from short-track if she had managed to crown her career with an Olympic gold medal in Pyeongchang.

Christie was set on pursuing a future elsewhere - possibly in another sport such as cycling or skeleton - but her latest Games calamity has made her more determined than ever to reach the short-track podium.

The 27-year-old said: "I probably wanted to retire - I thought I'd medal and then I would have achieved all I'd wanted and maybe could have had a go at another sport.

"My last goal was to be Olympic champion - there was nothing else to do if I'd achieved that here.

"It didn't work out and, while I've thought about other sports, my heart lies with short-track.

"As much as I hate the sport too at some points, at the same time I've worked so hard to be here and I'm getting better and faster every year. …

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