This weekend, in the final ISU World Cup of the season, GB Short Track continued their medal winning streak with two gold’s and one silver medal in Dordrecht.
The competition which took place in Dordrecht, Netherlands involved 10 of the GB Short Track skaters taking to the ice against their toughest rivals from around the world. With the World Championships now just around the corner, every skater was giving their all in hopes of qualification.
Skating started on Friday and a day of highs and lows saw Elise Christie, Charlotte Gilmartin, Jack Whelbourne, Richard Shoebridge and Paul Stanley all qualify through to the top 20 of their distances; and Murray Cochrane achieve a personal best of 1.26.323 in his 1000m preliminary race. Unfortunately, however, after strong starts both relays encountered falls with the boys also resulting in a penalty.
Day two, and with the competition heating up, Christie won gold in her 1000m with a commanding performance. The medal leaves Christie with a complete set having achieved gold in each distance this season; one of which was at last weekend’s competition in Dresden. Christie said;
"I'm really pleased with my current form and the way I am racing. The results over the last couple of weeks are helping me build my confidence looking towards the upcoming world championships"
Saturday also saw Kathryn Thomson, one of the youngest members of the team, skated a personal best time of 1.33.747 in the final round of the 1000m repecharge narrowly missing out of qualification to the quarter finals.
On Sunday, the final day of competition, Christie’s 1000m success was quickly followed by gold in the 500m event. Having a performance that also resulted in a new personal and British record left Christie over the moon, she said;
"I'm so happy, I really wasn't expecting to win again. That's the first time I've won double gold at a world cup and the first time I've got four medals over back to back weekends, it feels amazing."
The GB Short Track medals didn’t stop there, however, with team member Paul Stanley giving a career best performance and taking silver in the 1000m. Stanley said;
"I feel I've been skating really well the last two days and that's given me lots of confidence coming into my favourite distance today. In the races I knew I was fast enough so I stayed calm and patient waiting for the right opportunity to make my moves. I'm so happy with my result today it makes all the years of hard work worth it."
Stanley’s coach, Paul Worth said;
"I'm so happy for Paul, he's worked so hard this year and it’s nice to see the rewards. He's delivered the best skating of his career today and broke his personal best twice. I couldn't be prouder of him."
Speaking of the weekend as a whole, GB Short Track Head Coach and Coach to Elise Christie, Nick Gooch said;
"I’m really proud of the team as they have achieved some amazing results this weekend. It’s a big positive to finish the world cups off with good results and it puts us in the right place leading into the world championships."
The team will now go home carrying great momentum to prepare for the ISU World Championships. The Championships will take place in Seoul, Korea from 11th to 13th March.
Published: 15th February 2016