Winter Olympics: Kiwi speed skater Peter Michael using heartbreak of PyeongChang as motivation in Beijing medal hunt

Kiwi speed skater Peter Michael is hoping the heartbreak of narrowly missing out on an Olympic medal at PyeongChang can help fuel his redemption in Beijing next month.

Michael's fourth-place finishes in the 5000 metre individual race and the team pursuit has weighed heavily in the 32-year-old's mind for the last five years, but he is confident he can use it positively to claim that elusive Olympic medal.

In the final stages of his build-up to the games, Michael believes he is tracking well, specifically in the event he wants the most - the 5000 metres.

Peter Michael is in the final stages of building up to the biggest three weeks of his career.

"I feel like I'm always learning and always growing," Michael tells Newshub. "I always feel like I'm turning over new leaves every day.

"There's definitely unfinished business, and that is good for those last couple of laps when it gets really hard.

"I just have to think about what could've been and now what can be."

And what can be is New Zealand's first-ever Olympic speed skating medal.

While the pain of PyeongChang is still raw, Michael can see the positives from the heartbreak.

"Fourth is still pretty good. It took a while to sink in that it was still a good result.

"It wasn't what I was aiming for and I still am not aiming for [fourth]."

Michael has been in Canada and Europe as part of the World Cup cycle to get to Beijing and is pleased with his progress.

"Each World Cup has been getting better at the moment, which is good,

"I would have like to start off with a bit more of a bang, but I just haven't quite been there."

Peter Michael just hopes it is come next month's Winter Olympics.