Christie shocked over top ranking
- From the section Winter Sports
British speed skater Elise Christie says it was "a shock" to discover she was the new world number one, after winning a silver medal in the first World Cup of the new season in Calgary last month.
It was the Scot's second podium finish in three races and means she has a 600-point lead over nearest challenger Valerie Maltais of Canada with three World Cup rounds remaining.
Christie also says she wants her sport "to get bigger" in Britain, and hopes a strong showing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will help change attitudes to speed skating.