Brittany Bowe leaves Tomakomai with three medals

By Rebecca Reza | Nov. 25, 2018, 8:30 a.m. (ET)

The second round of ISU World Cup competition ended Sunday at the outdoor Tomakomai Highland Sports Center speed skating track in Tomakomai City, Japan. Team USA competed in this final day of racing in Asia before the World Cup moves to Europe next week.

Olympian Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) once again led the way for the team, capping off the weekend with a silver medal in the 1000m. The Florida native finished in 1:17.65, and was leading the event until the current world record holder in the event, Nao Kodaira (JPN), beat Bowe in the final heat to win gold and set a new track record (1:17.318). Bowe ended the final day of racing with three medals-– the total medals won for Team USA.

For the men, Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla) finished with a top ten in the 1000m with a time of 1:12.02 in 8th place; Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem,N.C.) was 19th. The Netherlands team dominated the category, sweeping the podium. Kjeld Nuis (Netherlands) won gold (1:10.45) and leads the World Cup standings.

Both Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.) and Olympian Erin Jackson (Ocala, Fla.) raced in the 1000m B finals, finishing 7th and 13th respectively. US Olympian Carlijn Schoutens (Heemstead, Netherlands), finished 17th in the 3000m B finals.

Team USA heads to Poland next for the third round of the 2018/2019 ISU World Cup season, Dec. 6-8.

Today's Highlights:

Brittany Bowe: 1000m– Silver

Joey Mantia: 1000m– 8th

Kimani Griffin: 1000m– 19th

Kimi Goetz: 1000m Division B – 7th

Erin Jackson: 1000m Division B – 13th

Carlijn Schoutens: 3000m Division B- 18th



“What a cool experience it’s been to compete in an outdoor world cup event,” said Brittany Bowe. “I didn’t know what to expect going into the competition, but I did know I had total control of my effort and attitude. I’m obviously very pleased with my performance this weekend, coming home with a silver and two bronze medals. I’m looking forward to a week of recovery before we ramp it back up for the last two fall world cups in Europe.”

“I’m proud of our team’s fighting spirit and effort in every race,” said USS National Long Track Head Coach Ryan Shimabukuro. “You never know what you’re going to get when you race outdoors, but they didn’t let that affect them. Brittany’s pumped to collect more hardware and Joey and Erin were stoked to get Division A promotions. For now, the team has earned a good recovery week as they travel to Poland for world cup three.”

“Staking outside is a new and exciting experience for me,” said Kimi Goetz. “It really highlights my flaws but each race had a few good parts so I’m going to take what I’ve learned and apply it to the next two races.”


Watch Brittany's 1000m silver medal race and medal ceremony

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