Bowe Takes Home Silver At 2018 World Sprint Championships

March 04, 2018, 11:13 a.m. (ET)

The 2018 ISU World Sprint Championships in Changchun, China concluded with an American on the podium, as Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) occupied the second step. At the World Sprint Championships, each athlete skates two 500m and two 1000m events, with the overall champion being named based on the cumulative ranking of all four races.

Entering the day, Bowe was in third place overall thanks to a sixth place in the 500m #1 and a second place finish in the 1000m #1. The second day of racing saw her finish in the exact same spots, however, her samalog score of 151.915 edged out Russian Olga Fatulina by 0.705. Bowe trailed 2018 World Sprint Champion Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands by 1.18 (150.735 points).

“It feels really good to finish off the season with a second place finish at World Sprint Championships,” said Bowe. “It’s been a tough year and a half, and I wouldn’t be here without the support of so many.”

The 2018 Olympic bronze medalist earned her third career World Sprint podium finish, having won the World Sprint title in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016. Her second place finish marks the sixth consecutive year a Team USA female athlete has finished the World Sprint Championships on the podium.

“I’m beyond grateful to be back on track and racing fast. I’m looking forward to next year,” said Bowe.

Top Team USA male finisher, three-time Olympian Mitch Whitmore (Waukesha, Wisc.), recorded a career-best World Sprint finish coming in sixth place. His previous best finish at a World Sprint Championships was last season in Calgary when he finished seventh overall.

Jerica Tandiman (Kearns, Utah) also recorded a career-best finish at the World Sprint Championships by finishing 12th overall. She finished 14th in the 500m #2 with a time of 39.55, 0.32 seconds faster than her 500m #1 time from Saturday’s races.

Two-time Olympian Jonathan Garcia (Houston, Texas) placed in the top-20 by finishing 18th overall. He ended the Championship by bettering his 1000m time from Saturday shaving off 0.25 seconds and skating a 1:10.78, the 13th fastest time.

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Watch a 90-minute highlight show of the 2018 World Sprint Championships beginning at 5 p.m. ET on March 4 on the Olympic Channel.

Highlights from World Sprint Championships

  • Brittany Bowe finished second overall, finishing sixth in the women’s 500m #2 and second in the 1000m #2…marks her third career World Sprint podium finish and the sixth consecutive year a Team USA female athlete has finished the World Sprint Championships on the podium.
  • Mitch Whitmore recorded a career-best World Sprint finish coming in sixth place overall…Jerica Tandiman also recorded a career-best finish at World Sprint Championships, finishing 12th overall

Quote from Brittany Bowe
“It feels really good to finish off the season with a second place finish at World Sprint Championships. It’s been a tough year and a half, and I wouldn’t be here without the support of so many. I’m beyond grateful to be back on track and racing fast. I’m looking forward to next year.

Quote from Coach Matt Kooreman
“It was great to see Brittany end up with the overall silver medal. She’s been a warrior all year and proved once again that she is the fiercest competitor on the international speed skating circuit.”