Great Britain performance director: 'Elise Christie will need luck'

Elise Christie and Charlotte Gilmartin take to the ice for a quick demonstration during the Team GB announcement of the Short Track Athletes to compete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on December 16, 2013
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Elise Christie will need luck on her side if she is to win a medal in the 1,000m speed skating event, according to Team GB performance director Stuart Horsepool.

Great Britain performance director Stuart Horsepool has admitted that speed skater Elise Christie will need to have luck on her side in order to win a medal at Sochi.

Christie, who was disqualified in both of her previous events at the Games, competes in the 1,000m heats on Tuesday.

"She's a tough cookie, she's got that Scottish grit," Horsepool is quoted as saying by BBC Sport when asked of Christie's mindset going into the event. "Sport can be cruel sometimes. We still have opportunities to get something from the Games.

"We have been posting some really fast times in training and we have confidence we can produce our best performances. I am as confident [in Elise] now as when the Games started, but short track is unpredictable. She's in the best shape of her life but she's got to have luck too."

Christie announced earlier this week that she had been the victim of cyber-bullying.

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