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Christie to skate for Team GB in Winter Olympics

Scotland's Elise Christie has been selected as one of five short-track speed skaters in Team GB for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

The Livingston-born, Nottingham-based Christie will compete in the 500, 1000 and 1500 metre events. Joining her are Jon Eley (500m, 1000m), Charlotte Gilmartin ((500m, 1000m, 1500m), Richard Shoebridge ((1000m) and Jack Whelbourne (500m, 1000m, 1500m)

Christie made her Olympic debut at Vancouver in 2010 with a best placing of 11th in the 500m and is now established as Team GB's highest-ranked female short track skater on the world circuit.

Last season she reached world No.1 ranking in the 1000m following her multiple medals successes at the 2012/2013 World Cup series, as well as becoming the first British woman to win an individual World Championship medal.

"I'm really proud to have been picked for my second Winter Olympics and I can't wait to get out to Sochi and try to win medals for Team GB," said Christie. "I feel really lucky to have this opportunity and I'm so thankful to my team, support staff and everyone that has helped me get to where I am now. With the experience I've already gained from Vancouver 2010 I hope I can go to Sochi and do more than just take part this time. I want to compete for medals and I'm going to fight to be at the top of the pack."

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