Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe opened the 2018-19 world cup long-track speedskating season with a win in the 1,500 meters, and on Sunday, she closed out the last of the fall races with gold in the 1,000.
To say it’s been a strong year so far for the Olympic bronze medalist would be a drastic understatement. Sunday’s gold was her 10th medal of the season and her third victory, with a win in the 1,000 last week in Poland.
She is the world leader in the 1,000 and third in both the 500 and 1,500.
On Sunday in Heerenveen, Netherlands, she beat her track record of 1 minute, 13.90 seconds to win the 1,000 in 1:13.249, beating out Japan’s Miho Takagi (1:13.93) and Russia’s Yekaterina Shikhova, who was third in 1:14.031.
Bowe was second in the 1,500 and third in the 500 on Saturday to kick off the fourth stop of the world cup season. The fifth stop will begin on Jan. 31 in Hamar, Norway, before concluding in Salt Lake City in March.
Bowe, Mia Manganello and Heather Bergsma won bronze in team pursuit at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, ending a medal drought for the U.S. that dated back to 2002. Individually she finished fourth in the 1,000 and fifth in both the 500 and 1,500.