Brittany Bowe competes at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating on Nov. 16, 2019 in Minsk, Belarus.
It didn’t take long for Brittany Bowe to collect her first medal of the international long track speedskating season.
The two-time Olympian won bronze in the women’s 1,500-meter at the world cup opener in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday with a time of 1 minute, 57.253 seconds. She was just .78 seconds off the pace of winner Ireen Wust of Netherlands, who won in 1:56.468, in a solid start to the new season for the reigning world cup champion at the distance. Yekaterina Shikhova of Russia was second with her time of 1:56.864.
Bowe is coming off an outstanding season in which she won her third world cup title in the 1,000-meter and her second in the 1,500-meter, as well as the gold medal in the 1,000-meter and bronze in the 1,500-meter at the world championships. She also set a world record in the 1,000-meter with a time of 1:11.610 in the final world cup race of the season.
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This year already she set a track record at the U.S. world cup team trials at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee and won races at all three of her distances (500, 1,000, 1,500).
Prior to the 1,500-meter race on Saturday, Bowe competed in the 500 and took sixth place. The 1,000-meter will be held on Sunday.
This year’s season will include a couple of stops on home soil. The Four Continents Speed Skating Championships will be held in Milwaukee in January and the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships will be in Salt Lake City in February.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.