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Elise Christie

Great Britain

SportShort Track
NOCGreat Britain
Born13 Aug 1990 in Edinburgh 
Marital status* unknown *
FamilyPartner Shaolin Sandor 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
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track in 2004 at the Centrum Arena in Prestwick, Scotland.  
Name of coachNicky Gooch [personal], GBR; Stewart Laing [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."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Nicky Gooch. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
InjuriesShe suffered an ankle injury while competing in the semifinals of the 1500m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Despite the injury, she returned to the ice three days later to compete in her 1000m heat, in which she originally finished second before receiving a yellow card and being disqualified from the event. She took a break afterwards to recover and returned to training in July 2018. (, 20 Feb 2018;, 21 Sep 2018)

She was troubled by a thigh and hip flexor injury in October 2017. (, 26 Jan 2018, 07 Oct 2017)

In the 2016/17 season she missed World Cup events in Dresden, Germany, and Minsk, Belarus, because of concussion. (, 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 Sandor Liu represented Hungary in short track at the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Feb 2018; Facebook profile, 01 Oct 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"You have to be odd to be number one." (Twitter profile, 04 Oct 2016)  
Hero / IdolBritish heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 16 Apr 2018)  
Other informationPYEONGCHANG PAIN
After receiving three disqualifications at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, she was troubled by an ankle injury while competing at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She fell in her 500m final and 1500m semifinal, and was disqualified in the 1000m heats in Pyeongchang. "It was worse than last time. Sochi was mostly online abuse and death threats and some of it was my fault. The only thing I hadn't experienced was an injury at a Games. People warn you about injuries and I'd only been stretchered off in training. In South Korea, everything else went wrong. It was devastating. I can't describe the pain I was in and how it felt to skate with my ankle. It was the worst thing I had ever been through." (, 16 Apr 2018;, 21 Sep 2018)

In 2017 she became the first female short track skater representing Great Britain to win a gold medal at the world championships when she was victorious in the 1500m in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She also went on to win gold in the 1000m and overall at the event. (, 12 Mar 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Mar 2017)

She admitted it took her a long time to recover from the disappointment of receiving three disqualifications at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. She also had to deal with receiving threats on social media, many originating from the Republic of Korea as she was blamed for causing pile-ups that affected Korean skaters. "After Sochi I spent two years feeling terrified of failing. My racing was more about trying to win medals than trying to win. I don't think I would have continued after Sochi if I hadn't had all the support." (, 15 Mar 2017)

She considered switching to cycling after the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but decided she wanted to compete in short track for at least another Olympic cycle. "I'm not saying I would definitely be able to make the grade. Both sports are about strong thighs and calf muscles though. I'm not ready to leave short track yet but I'd consider it in the future." (, 21 Mar 2017;, 22 Mar 2016)
Awards and honoursShe was named 2013 Sportswoman of the Year in Nottingham, 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  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall4  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall4  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1000m4  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m4  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m4  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m4  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay4  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m5  
    2006/2007 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2009/2010 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  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m8  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall8  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m8  
    2008/2009 European Championships Overall9  
    2007/2008 European Championships Overall9  
    2009/2010 World Junior 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  
    2018 Olympic Games 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  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Seoul 500m1  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m1  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m1  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m1  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m1  
    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 Nagoya 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 1000m2  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Nagoya 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Sochi 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  
    2017/2018 World Cup Budapest 1000m3  
    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  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m6  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m6  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay6  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m7  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m7  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 3000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay8  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m8  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m9  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m11  
    2012/2013 Dresden 500m11  
    2012/2013 Dresden 3000m Relay11  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m12  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m12  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m13  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 3000m Relay13  
    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  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m35  
    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