Lee Hee-beom, President and chief executive officer of the Pyeongchang 2018 Organising Committee, said "it feels like the Games have already begun" ©Getty Images

Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom has described the Gangneung Ice Arena test event as a success - adding "the Games have already begun".

He spoke following the completion of the International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Cup event being held at the venue in South Korea which will be used at the 2018 Winter Olympics, due to take place from February 9 to 25.

Over the course of the three days, 29,473 spectators came to see the action at the arena which will host the short track and figure skating competitions at the Olympics.

"There are 418 days left until the Pyeongchang Olympics, but as far as we’re concerned, the Olympics has already begun with this test event," said Lee.

"We’ve identified some areas that need improvements, but the ISU has told us our overall preparation has been perfect."

Areas which have been identified as needing improvements include parking and the sound system inside the arena.

"We’ll listen carefully to all suggestions and make sure the actual Olympics will be absolutely flawless," Lee added.

"Next week, the Organising Committee, international officials and volunteers will meet to go over what we did well and what we could have done better at this event."

Britain's Elise Christie won gold again in the women's 1,000m race ©Getty Images
Britain's Elise Christie won gold again in the women's 1,000m race ©Getty Images

On the ice, Britain’s Elise Christie bagged a second double golden weekend in a row as she topped the podium again in the women’s 1,000 metres, 24 hours after winning the same race.

Yihan Guo of China was second, getting ahead of South Korea’s Shim Suk-hee, who finished third in front of The Netherlands’ Suzanne Schulting.

Christie’s second win of the weekend saw her move into second place in the overall women’s 1,000m rankings on 21,678 points, with the gap between her and leader Choi Min-jeong standing at 6,322.

Choi gave her home crowd something to celebrate as she came first in the women’s 500m ahead of China’s Kexin Fan and Poland’s Natalia Maliszewska.

Fan’s second place finish saw her close in on the World Cup top spot, which is still held by Christie, who chose not to take part in this weekend’s 500m race.

She was also part of the women’s 3,000m relay team who picked up victory in this race and maintain their perfect record in this season, beating The Netherlands, who were second, and Canada, third.

The country’s male team were disqualified, however, after finishing third in the men’s 5,000m relay for a push on a Chinese skater, leading to a fall.

This meant the United States took bronze, while Hungary won the race and Canada came second.

Action from the men's 5,000m relay final inside the Gangneung Ice Arena ©Hello Pyeongchang
Action from the men's 5,000m relay final inside the Gangneung Ice Arena ©Hello Pyeongchang

In the overall World Cup standings, Hungary are now top of the table on 27,741 points, with China moving into second ahead of The Netherlands.

Canadian Charles Hamelin claimed the men’s 1,000m gold, with Semem Elistratov of Russia getting silver.

The top three were rounded off by Canada’s Charle Cournoyer.

Hungary’s Liu Shaoang came fourth and is now top of the World Cup standings on 23,549 points.

China’s Wu Dajing put behind him the disappointment of being penalised in the men’s 1,000m heats on Friday (December 16) by winning the 500m gold and increase his overall World Cup lead.

Russian skater Victor Ahn, competing in the country of his birth, had finished second, but was disqualified for a push on Korea’s Han Seung-soo, who ended up taking bronze with Denis Nikisha being upgraded to silver.

World Cup action will now take a break until February 3, when it is due to head to Dresden in Germany.

Before then, the ISU European Short Track Championships are scheduled to held in Turin in Italy, from January 13 to 15.

After that, the ISU Junior World Short Track Championships are happening in Innsbruck in Austria, from January 27 to 29.