Short Track - Christie 'not Britain's only hope'

British short track speed skating performance director Stuart Horsepool took the opportunity to insist Elise Christie isn't the only hope for the nation ahead of the European Championships in Sweden.

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Britain's Elise Christie

Britain have sent a nine-strong team to Malmo, headed up by Christie courtesy of her start to the World Cup season which has produced one win, three seconds and one third.

Of those five top-three finishes, four have come in the 1000m, including the win, with Christie leading the overall World Cup standings in the discipline ahead of the European Championships.

But, despite her success so far this season, Christie failed to medal at last year's Europeans in the Czech Republic with teammates Jack Whelbourne and Jon Eley claiming silver and bronze respectively in the 500m.

Both will skate in Malmo and, with Britain fielding a women's 3000m relay team for the first time since they won European gold in 2008, Horsepool admits there's more to them than just Christie.

"So far this season the focus has been on Elise because she is number one in the world, but we have a number of skaters who are progressing and improving constantly, and have already impressed at the World Cup series," said Horsepool.

"Charlotte (Gilmartin), Paul (Stanley) and Jon (Eley), along with the men's relay team have all made finals at World Cups this season, that's top eight in the world so I'm pleased with their progress.

"This weekend is another opportunity for the skaters to learn from and challenge the best skaters in Europe, which is all great experience.

"Being our first women's relay in a few years, we aren't expecting a lot to begin with. Racing this weekend is part of our development plan, with the view of trying to get a women's relay to the Sochi Olympics."

Christie will join Charlotte Gilmartin, Alex Stanley and Kathryn Thomson in the women's events while Eley and Whelbourne are accompanied by Paul Stanley, Richard Shoebridge and Josh Cheetham.

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