Brittany Bowe leaves Poland in first-place in the 1000m World Cup Standings

By Tom Haraldsen | Dec. 09, 2018, 10:30 a.m. (ET)

The ISU Long Track World Cup event at Arena Lodowa Tomaszon Mazowiecki-Lodsch in Poland finished up on Sunday, with Team USA participating in the Ladies B 5000m and the Ladies Team Sprint.

In the grueling Ladies B 5000m, 2018 Olympic Bronze Medalist Carlijn Schoutens (Heemstede, Netherlands) had a strong 7th place finish (7:24.833) with three-time Olympian Maria Lamb (St. Paul, Minn.) crossing the line in 20th (7:56.114).

The USA Team Sprint trio featuring 2018 Olympian Erin Jackson (Ocala, Fla.), Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.), and Paige Schwartzburg (Ocala, Fla.) finished 9th (1:31.920) with Japan winning the 3-lap race sprint (1:27.820). This is the first year the Team Sprint will be included in the World Single Distance Championships.

The U.S. did not compete in the Mens Team Sprint or the Mens 10000m events on the final day of racing.

In overall World Cup points standings after three events, two-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist Brittany Bowe currently sits first in the Ladies 1000m with 157 points. Goetz is 27th, Jackson 39th and Brianna Bocox (Cheyenne, Wyo.) is 49th. Bowe is 3rd in the Ladies 500m standings with 257 points. Austria’s Vanessa Herzog leads at 336. Jackson is 15th, Goetz is 35th and Schwartzburg is 49th.

The Ladies 1500 points standings show Bowe in 3rd at 156. Japan’s Miho Takagi leads with 168 points. Schwartzburg ranks 44th, Schoutens 45th, Mia Manganello-Kilburg (Crestview, Fla.) 46th and Goetz 47th. Schoutens is currently ranked 20th in World Cup points in the Ladies 5000m, while Lamb is 44th. The Ladies Team Sprint team is currently 10th in points overall, with Japan leading that event.

Through the first three World Cup events, Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) is ranked 6th in points in the Mens 1000m with 104 and Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) is 19th. Dutch skater Kai Verbij leads with 148 points. The Mens 500m standings have Griffin in 25th place and Mantia is in 14th place in points in the Mens 1500m.

Team USA remains in Europe for one more week, competing in the ISU World Cup 4 event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, Dec. 14-16. Two U.S. junior skaters will compete in their first world cup event in Heerenveen: Austin Kleba (Campton Hills, Ill.) and Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)



“It takes a special mental focus to remain competitive day in and day out on the world cup circuit,” said Brittany Bowe. “I think the quality of my training throughout the summer and fall has prepared me to feel confident in my skating. When you start to see the results you’re looking for, that really boosts your confidence.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how the fall world cup season has gone so far,” said Brittany Bowe. “I’m really looking forward to skating in Heerenveen next weekend - - the skating Mecca of the world!”

"That was a good race," said Carlijn Schoutens. "I felt strong through the tough conditions. I'm also happy because we've been working a lot on my technique and that seems to be paying off."