Joey Mantia reacts at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating on Nov. 23, 2019 in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland.
Joey Mantia celebrated his 34th birthday with a bronze medal Friday as the fifth long track speedskating world cup of the season got underway in Calgary, Alberta.
Mantia, a two-time U.S. Olympian, finished third in the men’s 1,500-meter, a half-second behind winner Denis Yuskov of Russia. China’s Ning Zhongyan was second, just .02 seconds back.
This is his 10th 1,500-meter world cup medal.
The medal also marked Mantia’s third of the season, following a win in November in Poland and a second-place finish in December in Japan, both coming in the mass start. That event is where Mantia, a former world champion roller speedskater, has had the most success, including world titles in 2017 and 2019.
He should be a contender to win a third straight mass start title when the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships are held on home ice at the Utah Olympic Oval next week, with competition running Feb. 13-16.
The Ocala, Florida, native has never won a world championships medal in a traditional time-trial race, through he placed fourth in the 1,000 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. His best finish in the 1,500 at a championship was seventh at the 2015 world championships.
Mantia is also scheduled to compete in the 1,000-meter Saturday in Calgary.
The other big story from Friday came earlier when Brittany Bowe finished sixth in the women’s 1,000-meter, ending a U.S.-record seven-race win streak at that distance. Bowe, a two-time Olympian, is also the defending champion in the 1,000.
Competition wraps up Saturday in Calgary with finals in the women's 500, men's 1,000, women's 1,500 and men's 5,000.