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Christie chasing Canadian glory

Elise Christie is determined to shrug off her Sochi heartbreak at this week's World Short-Track Championships in Montreal.

Christie, who was penalised in all three of her distances last month, faces the mighty task of raising herself for another major competition as part of a seven-strong Great Britain team in Canada.

Her partner Jack Whelbourne, whose own Games also ended badly when he crashed out on the first bend of the 1500m final, believes Christie has already issued a significant statement of intent.

Whelbourne said: "Elise has obviously found it difficult but I think she's coped with things a lot better than some of her fellow athletes would have done.

"They maybe would not have gone to the World Championships and looked at getting medals - they would have wanted to take a break and call the season done.

"But Elise wants to go out there and feel like she's achieved something worthwhile this season. I think what she did at the Olympics has already massively put her sport on the map."

Christie won 1000m bronze in the World Championships in Debrecen last year and would ordinarily be considered one of the favourites but for her traumatic sequence of events in Sochi.

Christie will start her quest in Friday in the 1500m before racing over the 500m distance on Saturday and culminating in her favourite 1000m distance on the final day on Sunday.

And long-time team-mate and three-time Olympian Jon Eley, who will take part in the men's relay in Montreal, also believes Christie has what it takes to emerge stronger from the events in Russia.

Eley said: "I hope this will be a good experience for Elise in that it makes her tougher on the ice. If it really helps her build her mental toughness in those situations, it can only help her in the long run."