By Karen Price | Nov. 17, 2018, 2:16 p.m. (ET)
(L-R) Silver medalist Miho Takagi of Japan, gold medalist Brittany Bowe and bronze medalist Yekaterina Shikhova of Russia pose with the medals in the women's 1,500-meter at the long track speedskating world cup on Nov. 17, 2018 in Obihiro, Japan.

 

Brittany Bowe celebrated the opening weekend of the long track speedskating world cup season on Saturday by finishing not just on the podium, but in the top position.

The two-time Olympian won gold in the women’s 1,500-meter in Obihiro, Japan. Bowe finished with a time of 1 minute, 55.034 seconds in the final, 0.09 ahead of second-place finisher Miho Takagi of Japan. Russia’s Yekaterina Shikhova finished third with a time of 1:55.458.

The win marked Bowe’s first 1,500-meter world cup medal since the 2015-16 season, when she won the overall world cup title at that distance with three golds and three silvers.

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The 30-year-old from Ocala, Florida, won the bronze medal in team pursuit at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as she and her teammates helped snap a U.S. long track speedskating medal drought that stretched back to 2010 and women’s drought of 16 years. Also in PyeongChang, Bowe finished fourth in the 1,000-meter and fifth in both the 500 and 1,500. She is also a three-time world sprint medalist and seven-time world single distance medalist.

Bowe is one of eight women plus seven men competing for the U.S. at the first four 2018-19 ISU long track world cup events that begin this weekend and end Dec. 14-16 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

She was sixth in the second women’s 500 on Saturday and will also race the 1,000 on Sunday.

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.