Heather Bergsma and Joey Mantia won silver medals in their respective 1,500-meter races on the second day of the 2017 ISU World Cup Speedskating event in Stavanger, Norway, on Saturday.
Bergsma, a two-time Olympian and the reigning world champion in the 1,500, finished in second place with a time of 1:56.48 – 1.18 seconds behind winner Miho Takagi of Japan. The Netherlands’ Lotte van Beek was third with a time of 1:57.51.
Bergsma opened the event with a bronze medal in the 1,000-meter race on Friday, giving Team USA its first speedskating medal of the year. The High Point, North Carolina, native won last season’s overall word cup in the 1,500.
Mantia finished just .21 seconds behind winner Sverre Lunder Pederson of Norway in the men’s 1,500. The 2014 Olympian’s time of 1:45.28 earned him the silver medal. Norwegian Sindre Henriksen took third place with a time of 1:45.37.
This is Mantia’s second silver medal of the season. The 31-year-old finished in second place in the mass start in Heerenveen, Netherlands, last week.
The world cup competition in Stavanger wraps up on Sunday with the men’s 10,000-meter and the women’s 5,000. A total of four world cup events will be held prior to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Long Track Speedskating, held Jan. 2-7, 2018 in Milwaukee, including Dec. 8-10 in Salt Lake City.