By Karen Price | Nov. 18, 2017, 11:57 a.m. (ET)
Joey Mantia poses for a portrait at the Team USA Media Summit on Sept. 27, 2017 in Park City, Utah.

 

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.

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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.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.