Mitch Whitmore earned his second career individual podium finish by taking the bronze medal Friday in the men’s 500-meter in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
The two-time Olympian finished in 34.81 seconds, just 0.02 away from silver, which went to Poland’s Artur Was. Russia’s Ruslan Murashov won the gold, posting a result of 34.50 seconds.
Whitmore’s first individual world cup medal came on Nov. 20, 2015 in Salt Lake City, when he earned silver in the 500.
The 26-year-old moves into fifth place in the overall distance standings with 232 points. Last season’s champion, Pavel Kulizhnikov of Russia, leads the field with 425 points, with Murashov second with 305 points. Dai Dai Ntab of the Netherlands (248 points) and China’s Tingyu Gao (237) round out the top five.
Racing continues through Sunday in Heerenveen, followed by a holiday break before the world cup resumes Jan. 27-29 in Berlin.