Christie headlines five-strong Team GB speed skating squad for PyeongChang 2018

Christie headlines five-strong Team GB speed skating squad for PyeongChang 2018
By Sportsbeat

12/12/2017 at 18:12Updated

Elise Christie can finally put a challenging season behind her after being selected to represent Team GB at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Christie headlines a five-strong British squad bound for South Korea in February and will compete across three events (500m, 1,000m, 1,500m), as will teammates Charlotte Gilmartin and Kathryn Thomson.

Completing the line-up are Farrell Treacy (1,000m) and Joshua Cheetham (1,000m), both of whom - alongside Thomson - will make their Olympic debuts.

Gilmartin and Christie return from the team who competed at Sochi 2014, with PyeongChang marking the latter's third Games having made her debut at Vancouver 2010.

This year has proven to be one to remember for 27-year-old Christie, after being crowned triple world champion in Rotterdam in March.

As well as her world titles, Christie also has ten European crowns to her name and in 2016 became the world record holder over 500m.

But hampered by a thigh injury, the recent World Cup season didn’t go quite to plan for Christie – though 500m gold in the final round in Seoul ensured a positive end to her campaign.

"It's been a great end to the World Cup season for me and a relief after a tough season with injuries," said Christie.

"I can't wait to get back out to Korea and compete again at the stadium in front of the crowds there who are amazing, and I'm really looking forward to being part of Team GB again after four years."

Team GB chef de mission Mike Hay added: "Short track is going to be one of the showpiece events at PyeongChang 2018, played out in a country with a huge passion for the sport.

"For our five athletes, competing in South Korea in February will be an incredible experience and just reward for their efforts to qualify and be selected to Team GB for the Winter Olympics.

"The team is a great mix of talent, experience and debutants and I'm sure the nation will be getting behind them as they bid to take on the world's best next year."

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