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Christie wins European title

ESPN staff
January 25, 2015
Elise Christie was denied silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics after colliding with Arianna Fontana © Getty Images

Great Britain's Elise Christie was crowned European Short Track Speed Skating champion for the first time after taking silver in the 3000m on Sunday to go alongside her two gold medals on Saturday.

The victories completed Christie's redemption after she was disqualified from all three of her races at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but she faced another nervous wait after clipping favourite Arianna Fontana, whose collision deprived her of a medal in Sochi, on the last lap of the 1500m.

Fortunately for Christie, the judges ruled she was not at fault and her win stood.

Christie, 24, later led the 500m race from the start to add a second gold in the Netherlands.

She said: "I'm absolutely ecstatic. I actually got a bit emotional afterwards.

"I've never even got to a final in a European 500m in my whole career so I'm over the moon that I've not only reached the podium, but have left with a gold medal. I definitely feel like all my hard work is paying off."

Christie had been favourite to add the 1,000m gold to her 500m and 1500m titles, having won the title last year, but she was penalised in Sunday's semi-final.

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