World Cup 3 in Poland starts with Gold

By Tom Haraldsen | Dec. 07, 2018, 10:30 a.m. (ET)

It was gold for Team USA at day one of the ISU Long Track World Cup at Arena Lodowa in Tomaszow Mazoviecki, Poland, on Friday. Two-time U.S. Olympian and Olympic Bronze Medalist Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) captured gold in the Ladies 1000m (1:15.399), shattering the previous track record by more than 2 seconds. This is Bowe's fifth medal during this world cup season. Earlier in the day, Bowe placed fourth in the Ladies 500m (38.313), followed by 2018 Olympian Erin Jackson (Ocala, Fla.) who finished 12th (39.010). Austria’s Vanessa Herzog won the 500m with a track record time (37.971).

Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) had another great finish for Team USA, just missing the podium with a 4th place in the Mens 1000m (1:10.501), while 2018 Olympian Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was 16th (1:11.562). Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov won the race in 1:09.238, also a new track record.

For the Ladies Team Pursuit, Mia Manganello Kilburg (Crestview, Fla.), a member of the 2018 Olympic Bronze Medal Team Pursuit Team, joined Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.) and Paige Schwartzburg (Ocala, Fla.) in today’s race. They finished seventh (3:14.54) with Japan winning the event (3:02.49). It was the first time this season that Team USA had skated together in a World Cup Team Pursuit.

Brianna Bocox (Cheyenne, Wyo.) made her first appearance at an ISU World Cup event, placing 14th (40.072) in the Ladies B 500m, followed by Schwartzburg in 17th (40.645). Japan’s Arisa Tsujimoto won the race at 38.767. In the Mens B 500m, Griffin finished 11th (35.882), with Brett Perry (Midland, Mich.) landing in 24th (36.300). The Ladies B 1000 saw Goetz finish 12th (1:19.209) and in the Mens B 1000m, Perry finished 29th (1:14.446).

Racing continues tomorrow in Poland with the Mens and Ladies 500m (2) and 1500m.

“Feels great coming home with the gold and new track record in the 1000m”, said Brittany Bowe. “It’s the first time in a while where I really found my stride in that distance. I’ve got two more races tomorrow and I’m planning to leave everything I have on the ice here in Poland.”

“I thought we started the weekend off with some strong results that we can build off of for the remainder of the competition,” said USS National Coach Ryan Shimabukuro. “The ice conditions here are tough, so you need to be adaptable from race to race, and day to day.”

“[The races] haven’t been bad, I’m still trying to find my feet, but overall solid racing,” said Brianna Bocox. “I made a few mistakes and I’ll need to tighten up a few things on my technique. I think with every race it will get better.”

 

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