Heather Bergsma is longing for her first Olympic medal when she competes at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and it looks like she just might earn four.
Less than two hours after her history-making victory at 1,500 meters at the World Single Distance Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, Bergsma put the world on notice that she is a quadruple medal threat by taking bronze in the women’s mass start, an event that will make its Olympic debut next February in the same venue.
Korea’s Kim Bo-reum thrilled the home crowd by taking the gold medal in 8:00.79. Japan’s Nana Takagi claimed silver by crossing the line just 0.11 seconds behind in 8:00.90. Bergsma was 0.57 off the leader, finishing in 8:01.36.
This is Bergsma’s third medal at the event in four races. She won the 1,000 on Saturday and earlier Sunday she became the first skater – male or female – to complete a career 500/1,000/1,500 world championship trifecta with her 1,500-meter victory.
She finished eighth in the 500 on Friday, but won the event in 2015 and was the 500-meter world cup leader last season, proving she has the potential to medal at all four events when she competes at her third Games next year.
Mia Manganello finished 13th in the mass start with a time of 8:02.14, 1.35 seconds behind the winner.