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World champ speed skater working at Pizza Hut to raise cash for Winter Olympics

Champion speed skater Elise Christie provides some super fast food – working at Pizza Hut to support her bid to take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Elise, 30, who won world gold in 2017, was spotted delivering in Nottingham and revealed that she is juggling several jobs whilst training after speed skating teams lost their funding for the games in Beijing, China.

The Scot, who has previously spoken about her struggle with depression, has said winning a medal in Beijing would be the perfect way to end her career.

She told the BBC: “Everything’s aimed towards [a medal in Beijing], taking it one step at a time and really working hard on weaknesses from the last Games.

“While still in the limelight I’m trying to [challenge] the stigma surrounding mental health, while doing so as that’s a big goal of mine.”

Olympic star Elise working at Pizza Hut

Britain’s winter athletes faced an £8million funding cut after delivering our best medal haul.

Elise previously revealed she was sent death threats before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where she crashed out of medal contention.

Also today, Tokyo Olympic organisers said that Japan would not allow in volunteers from overseas except for some who are deemed essential, after it decided to bar international spectators amid public concerns over the novel coronavirus.

On the red carpet ahead of the BT Sport Industry Awards 2019
On the red carpet ahead of the BT Sport Industry Awards 2019

Great Britain's Elise Christie (left) crashes out in the Short Track Speed Skating in the 2018 Olympics
Great Britain’s Elise Christie (left) crashes out in the Short Track Speed Skating in the 2018 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told a news conference that it was “regrettable” but that organisers wanted to decide now so that there would not be confusion for volunteers overseas who were waiting for a decision.

Some 600,000 Olympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded as will another 30,000 Paralympic tickets, Tokyo organisers said on Saturday after deciding not to allow in foreign spectators during the Games.

Muto said exceptions would be made for volunteers with expert and specialised knowledge about specific sports and that these people would receive individual notifications.




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