This weekend the National Ice Centre in Nottingham officially unveiled its latest tribute to Nottingham’s stars of the ice.
A new banner was revealed on the famous stairway down to the ice rink announcing ‘You’re about to skate on the same ice as Elise Christie’ ‘Fastest woman on ice’.
Elise Christie, 26, broke the 500m short track speed skating record in 42.335 seconds, on 13th November 2016 at the ISU World Cup competition in Salt Lake City, USA. The previous record was held by Kexin Fan of China, with 42.504 seconds. Elise is currently in training for the next two ISU World Cup events in Europe in February and the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Championships in March.
Part of the GB Short Track world class performance programme invested in by UK Sport (National Lottery and Exchequer Funding), Elise came face to face with her new banner at the weekend saying: “Thank you to the National Ice Centre for creating this banner, it’s amazing to be recognised alongside the ice legends of Nottingham. There is so much history here, so to be seen on the walls with the likes of Olympic gold medalists Torvill and Dean is very cool, thank you! I hope I can inspire more people to get involved too."
Martin Ingham, Chief Executive of the National Ice Centre (NIC) who was behind the idea said:“Elise’s achievement in breaking a world record is sensational and she fully deserves this recognition. The NIC is very proud to be the home base of the GB short track performance squad and we hope that this banner of Elise will prove inspirational for skaters of every discipline who walk past it to the ice, whether they are competitive, recreational or even first time skaters.”
For more information about GB Short Track Speed Skating visit www.gbshorttrack.org.uk