Elise Christie had received 8 World Championship medals ahead of her triple haul in MarchBritish velocity skater Elise Christie is “willing to throw away the safe option” to win gold on the Winter Olympics.
She begins qualification for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games on the Short Track World Cup in Budapest on Thursday.
The Scot, 27, used to be penalised in all 3 of her occasions at Sochi 2014, however was triple world champion in March.
“If I lose a silver medal while trying to get a gold one, I’m not too bothered. All I really want is the gold,” Christie advised BBC Sport.
“I’d be willing to throw away the safe option to win. It’s a great place to have got to before the Games.”
Christie persevered a torrid time on the Games in Russia 3 years in the past.
She won loss of life threats on social media from South Korean enthusiasts who believed she had brought about their favorite Park Seung-hi to crash within the 500m last.
Penalties within the 1,000m semi-final and 1,500m heats adopted, and the Livingston-born skater admitted she used to be making an allowance for her long run within the game.
But she made historical past previous this 12 months through changing into the primary British girl to win a world title through taking gold within the 1500m in Rotterdam.
Christie replicated the feat within the 1,000m, received bronze within the three,000m and claimed the entire title.
Christie disqualified in chaotic last”For me, the World Championships were my redemption point,” she mentioned.
“Physically I have all the time been in a position to push myself to the bounds and been in a excellent position however mentally I have struggled – particularly after Sochi.
“I didn’t have the level of experience I needed to be confident. But now I’m happy to sit here and say: ‘Yeah, I can win a gold medal.'”
The opening World Cup tournament in Hungary runs from 28 September to one October, adopted through competitions within the Netherlands, China and South Korea.
The best possible 3 effects from each and every country will come to a decision Olympic qualification, with groups then choosing person athletes.
Britain will take a most of 3 males and 3 girls to the Winter Olympics for the person occasions, and also will try to qualify for the five-person relay.
“Physically, I’m in the best form I’ve ever been,” added Christie. “I am skating sooner than I used to be within the lead-up to the World Championships. I will repeat world file tempo over and over again.
“Mentally, I’m tired. It’s a drain but I’m confident in myself and I feel like if I can deal with the slog of it now in the long term it will bring me massive rewards.”