Sky Sports Scholarships - Elise Christie aims to repeat success of last season

Last Updated: 23/09/13 12:49pm

Elise Christie: Has the Winter Olympics to look forward to in February

I've been training hard with the Short Track team in Nottingham through the summer.

We are lucky that even though we are doing a winter sport we are able to train in the UK at any time of year. I've been using the time to practice and perfect some new tactics in preparation for the competition season.

It's important to be ready with new tactics to surprise my opponents.

At the end of August the National Squad Open Trials took place. This confirms positions for the World Cup squad and is also a chance to see how some of the younger guys are doing. We have some great girls performing well and so we are aiming to qualify to be Britain's first women's short track relay team for a Winter Olympic Games.

I was very happy with my performance at the National trials and won all my events (500m, 1000m, 1500m), but it's always difficult to gauge exactly how we are doing until we compete against the other nations and see what they have been working on too.

We were able to do that recently at the Invitation Cup in Holland (August 30-September 1). We were up against five other top European countries. Myself and Jack Whelbourne both won two individual distances to finish first in the overall classification on points.

Exciting

It was fun to be back racing and I could really feel that first competition of the season in my legs! The 500m semi-final ended up a race to remember; I thought there was a false start so I didn't move off the line, then had to catch up almost half a lap. I caught up and then overtook into second in one straight - it made for an exciting race!

The event in Holland was a preparation competition for the squad ahead of the start of the ISU World Cup Series, which begins later this month in Shanghai (September 26-29). The Olympics Games are just five months away but before that I'll be competing a lot in the World Cup series.

I'll be aiming for podium positions again as well as working on qualifying spots for the team for the Olympics. This will be challenging as I will be one of the only females possibly skating all the rounds of all the distances, most athletes will only be participating in 2 or 3 events.

I'm very pleased to be part of the Sky Sports Scholarship team and enjoyed taking part in a photo shoot on one of my days off during the summer. It's nice to have the chance to do something a bit more glamorous every now and then!

Sky Sports Scholarships is a great programme and I'm very pleased to have the support and that our sport is getting some more attention. I would love to be a role model and to encourage more people to give it a try.