With 30 world cup medals between them this season, Brittany Bowe and Heather Bergsma were the unquestioned leaders of the U.S. delegation at the World Single Distance Championships in Kolomna, Russia. As the competition wrapped up, they proved their mettle once again, earning a combined five medals.
After being shut out on the first day of racing, day two was a different story as Bergsma earned silver in the 1,000-meter and Bowe took gold. Sharing a podium is nothing new for them, as this was their 12th double podium of the season. The following day, it was Bowe’s turn for a silver medal, as she finished second in the 500-meter. On the final day of competition, they were back on the podium together again, with Bergsma taking silver and Bowe bronze in the 1,500-meter.
For Bergsma, her medal haul brought her total career World Single Distance Championship medal count up to six. Bowe’s three medals was the highest total of individual medals among all competitors. She now has seven career World Single Distance Championship medals.
Four-time Olympian Shani Davis led the men with a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 1,500-meter and the 1,000-meter. In competing in these races, he set the all-time record for career starts across multiple distances at the World Single Distance Championships with 25.