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Elise Christie retires from Short Track Speed Skating

Elise Christie has brought her Short Track Speed Skating career to an end announcing her retirement on social media.

The three-time Olympian and three time World Champion had an incredible career winning over 70 medals.

Writing online she hinted that whilst she will no longer compete in short track she may turn her hand to another sport. "This won’t be the last you’ll see of me in sport, but I’m taking a new venture down a different path," she said.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast she said that whatever she is planning on moving into would be a winter sport that involved "speed and power."

Hailed as the 'fastest woman on ice' after setting a 500m world record in 2016 she won 10 European gold medals. In 2017 she became the first ever British woman to win overall World Championship gold in Rotterdam where she won titles in the 1000m and 1500m events.

Her retirement statement ended with a look ahead to 2026. She wrote "I won’t reveal for now my sporting plans for 2026, but the Olympic medal dream isn’t over."

A British Ice Skating spokesperson said: "Elise is the reason many people up and down Great Britain know short track speed skating.

"As the first ever British woman to win a speed skating World Championships she has been an inspiration to many.

"Her list of achievements in the sport is staggering.

"There are very few people who can claim to be a three-time Olympian and have held a world record, she should be able to look back at her career with immense pride.

"She has left a permanent mark on the sport and is sure to tackle her next chapter with the same dedication."


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