Brittany Bowe competes in at the ISU World Cup on Dec. 8, 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
It may not have been a win, but two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe did close out the world cup season with a silver medal – and the world cup title – in the 1,000-meter distance on Saturday in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
The top-ranked speed skater at the distance going into the world cup final, Bowe finished in 1:13.981, just .28 seconds behind winner Jutta Leerdam of the Netherlands. Japan’s Miho Takagi was third.
Bowe entered the race with 326 points this season, 70 ahead of Nao Kodaira of Japan in pursuit of her second consecutive world cup season title in the 1,000-meter and fourth overall.
For Bowe, the finish continues an uptick since her U.S. record streak of seven consecutive wins in the 1,000-meter ended with a fifth-place finish at a world cup race in February, and a disappointing eighth-place finish at the ISU Single Distances World Championships, where she was the defending champion.
Last weekend, Bowe competed at the ISU World Sprint/Allround Championships. It was the first time combining the two championships, and Bowe finished in third in her second 1,000-meter race for her first podium finish since December. She was sixth overall at the event, in which skaters are scored based on results over two 500- and two 1,000-meter races.
Bowe also raced in the 500-meter distance on Saturday and finished seventh, while teammate Kimi Goetz finished 10th.
Competition continues on Sunday when Bowe will compete in the 1,500-meter, Mia Kilburg will compete in the women’s mass start, and Joey Mantia and Ian Quinn will compete in the men’s mass start.