Paired up against Daichi Yamanaka of Japan, Greig showed no nerves and left nothing out on the rink.
With all his training focused on his pet event, the 500m, Greig had a blinding first lap. At 600m his time was well under the leaders, but he just didn’t have it in him to close out the race at the same pace.
“I didn’t go out way too fast deliberately, that was my plan. I am trained as a 500m sprinter - I haven’t really got a gauge on the 1000m speed like the other skaters do. It showed that the 500m should have been more my distance. But unfortunately I didn’t get to show it there,” Greig said.
“I got pretty unlucky with the draw in the sense that I didn’t get a fast competitor – I didn’t get any help out in that last back straight.”
Greig was upbeat about his performance and happy that he was able to prove to himself and the world that he has what it takes to compete at the Olympics.
When asked how he bounced back from the devastation of falling in the 500m, Greig described a day of “emotional turmoil”.
“It’s been an experience that has made me much mentally stronger and it really challenged my ability to pick the positives out of any experience that I have,” he said.
“Even from this race I am walking away seeing the positives that I am fast over the 500m, whether I got to show it in that race or not.
“Even though I am not particularly high up the rankings, for my age I am doing extremely well – pretty young and pretty early in my career.
Greig is now looking forward to a few days off to see some of his fellow Aussies, in particular Lydia Lassila, compete and then will set his sights on PyeongChang.
“This is a very, very good foundation for me to build off towards the next Olympics,” he said.
Alice Wheeler | sochi2014.olympics.com.au