Brittany Bowe is the 1000m World Champion

Feb. 09, 2019, 11:03 a.m. (ET)

It was Brittany Bowe’s day at the 2019 World Single Distance Championships at the Max Aicher Arena in Inzell, Germany. The two-time Olympian and Olympic medalist broke her own track record in the 1000m to win gold and a World Championship title. Her time of 1:13.41 put her on top of the podium followed by Vanessa Herzog (AUT) and Nao Kodaira (JPN).

“To able to hear my national anthem from the top of the podium, it’s been some time now,” said Bowe. “It’s taken a good solid two years to get back but I never gave up on myself and neither did my coaching staff or my teammates. I’m constantly surrounded by positivity. I knew if I executed a good race today, I had a good chance of coming out on top.”

Paired with the current 1000m world record holder, Kodaira, 30-year-old Bowe had one of her fastest starts and “wasn’t worried” about the fast times set by the previous skaters in the event.

Former short track skater Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.) raced in the 1000m in the fourth pair against Canadian Heather McLean. Goetz finished with a time of 1:15.88, ending the event in 15th place.

“I was super happy to compete here,” Goetz said. “I qualified into the world championships as the 24th and final position, so to end up with 15th, making some mistake during my race, is really exciting!”

In the Men’s 1000m, two-time Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) skated in the seventh pair with Japanese skater Tatsuya Shinhama. Mantia skated a strong finishing lap, ending in 12th place with a time of 1:08.68. His 2018 Olympic teammate Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) skated with Laurent Dubreuil (CAN), ending in 22nd with a time of 1:10.04.

With fast ice at the Max Aicher Arena, more than a dozen personal bests have been set so far, as well as new track records in several events. Czech skater Martina Sablikova smashed her previous 5000m track record of 6:50.83 with a time of 6:44.85.

The final day of races will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 with the Men’s and Ladies 1500m and Mass Start events.

Quotes:

“It’s definitely a lot of pressure, but not necessarily outside pressure, just pressure on myself,” said Brittany Bowe. “I go to the line wanting to win every time and winning the last three I felt I had a target on my back and it’s hard to stay on top. I just tried to remain focus and remain calm. I’m super happy.”

“Brittany has been skating consistently at a high level all season and it’s great to see her become the 1000m world champion again,” said USS Head Coach Ryan Shimabukuro. “I’m very proud of the enormous focus and effort that all our skaters have put in each of their races so far.”