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World Cup Leader Brittany Bowe Adds Silver, Bronze Speedskating Medals

By Karen Price | Dec. 15, 2018, 1:39 p.m. (ET)

Brittany Bowe skates at the ISU World Cup on Dec. 15, 2018 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.


Brittany Bowe picked up a pair of medals Saturday, and she wasn’t the only U.S. speedskater on the podium as the fall world cup long-track season nears its conclusion. 

Fellow two-time Olympian Joey Mantia took silver in the men’s 1,500 meters while Bowe collected her eighth and ninth medals of the year in the women’s 500 and 1,000 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Bowe, who came into the weekend leading the world cup standings in the 1,000 following last weekend’s win in the event, took silver on Saturday. The winner was the Netherlands’ Ireen Wust, who set a track record with a time of 1 minute, 53.300 seconds. Bowe was .70 back with a time of 1:54.007 and Russia’s Yekaterina Shikhova was third in 1:54.039.

The 30-year-old from Ocala, Florida, also earned the bronze medal in the 500 behind Japan’s Nao Kodaira, who also set a track record in 37.171 seconds, and Austria’s Vanessa Herzog with a personal-best 37.239. Bowe finished in 37.707

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Mantia took silver in the 1,500 with a time of 1:44.092. Thomas Krol of the Netherlands finished in first in 1:43.782 and the Netherlands’ Patrick Roest was third in 1:44.128.

Mantia previously won the “B” division 1,500 in the second world cup event of the season, but his best finish in the “A” division in the event this season coming into Saturday was a ninth-place finish last weekend in Poland. He is currently eighth in the world cup standings in the 1,500. 

Racing in Heerenveen concludes Sunday, and the world cup season will resume with the fifth event Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Hamar, Norway.

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. 

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