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Sky Academy Sports Scholarships: Elise Christie nears Winter Olympics place after Torino World Cup event

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Last Updated: 13/11/13 10:20am

Elise Christie: Is within touching distance of the Sochi Winter Olympics after solid showing in Torino

Elise Christie: Is within touching distance of the Sochi Winter Olympics after solid showing in Torino

Elise Christie moved a step closer to qualifying for the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February after reaching the final 16 in all three distances at the ISU World Cup event in Torino over the weekend.

The competition in Italy was the first of two World Cup events in November acting as qualifiers for the 2014 Games and Christie's consistent performances mean Great Britain are likely to have done enough to ensure individual quota places in Sochi.

Short track speed skater Christie reached the quarter-finals of both the 500m and 1000m but her best performance at the event came in the 1500m where she made Saturday's final.

The 23-year-old from Livingston recorded a time of 2:21.340 to finish sixth in the medal race, breaking teammate Charlotte Gilmartin's British record in the process.

"Just now it isn't really as important for me to go out and win medals, it's important to try to qualify spots for the team," said Christie.

"It's been good, everything has gone well here. After how hard the past few months have been, it's nice to feel some relief eventually."

The focus for Christie and the rest of the British team now turns to the second qualifying event in Kolomna, Russia starting on Friday where the team can seal their place at the Olympics.