World Champion Brittany Bowe started this world cup season where she left off last year, on the podium.
The Olympic medalist and world record holder left the first ISU Long Track World Cup in Minsk, Belarus, with a gold medal in the Ladies 1000m and a bronze in the Ladies 1500m. Her gold medal time of 1:15.354 set a new track record at Minsk Arena. Bowe set the world record for that event at the Utah Olympic Oval last season. On Saturday, she won a bronze medal in the 1500 meters at 1:57.253 and placed 6th in the 500 meters at 38.452.
It was also a great season-opener for Olympic medalist Mia Kilburg (Crestview, Fla.). She finished 6th in the Ladies Mass Start final in a time of 8:25.050. She qualified for the final with a 5th place finish in the A semifinal (time of 8:51). On Friday, she placed 19th in the Ladies 3000 B race in a time of 4:18.998.
Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.) took 6th in the Ladies 1000 B race at 1:18.340, 14th in the Ladies 500 A at 38.090, 17th in the Ladies 1500 B at 2:02.870 and 18th in the Ladies 1000 A at 1:11.303.
Brianna Bocox (Cheyenne, Wyo.) finished 9th in the Ladies 1000m B with 1:18.573. She also placed 19th in the Ladies 500 B at 40.189 and 19th in the Ladies 1500 B at 2:04.077.
Paige Schwartzburg (Ocala, Fla.) finished 10th on Sunday in the Ladies Mass Start Semi-Final at 9:04.44. She also finished 24th in the Ladies 3000 B at 4:25.360. It was the first time she'd ever raced a 3K in a world cup event.
Erin Jackson (Ocala, Fla.) skated to a strong 12th place finish in the Ladies 500 B at 39.6
Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) had the best finish for the men in Minsk, taking 4th in the Men's Mass Start B semifinal in a time of 8:03.150 and earning 12 WC points. In Saturday’s Mass Start final, he finished 13th at 7:53. 490 and earned 56 WC points.
Olympian Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) competed in the 1000m A, finishing in 18th place with a time of 1:11.303 and earning world cup points for that distance.
Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) had a strong 9th place finish in the Mens Mass Start A semi in a time of 7:49.320, but just missing qualifying for the semifinal. Cepuran also took 30th in the Men's 5000m B on Friday in a time of 6:51.412 and 33rd in the Men's 1500 B at 1:54.994.
Team USA, made up of Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Brett Perry (Midland, Mich.) and Austin Kleba (Campton Hills, Ill.), took 11th in the Men's Team Sprint at 1:24.942, earning 60 WC points. Kleba finished 18th in the Men's 500 B at 36.083 and 30th in the Men's 1000 B at 1:12.861. Perry was 25th in the Men's 500 B at 36.229.
Ian Quinn (St. Louis, Mo.) placed 35th in the Men's 1500 B at 1:56.999.
Next up for Team USA is WC 2 in Tomaszow Mazowieck, Poland Nov. 22-24.
Brittany Bowe - 1000m - GOLD
Brittany Bowe - 1500m - Bronze
Mia Kilburg - Mass Start - 6th
Men's Team Sprint - 11th
Joey Mantia - Mass Start - 13th
Kimi Goetz - 500m A - 14th
Bri Bocox - 1000m B - 9th
Erin Jackson - 500m B - 12th
Kimani Griffin - 1000m - 18th
"It feels great to get the first win of the season today and setting a new track record. I'm looking forward to building off of this momentum for next weekend's racing in Poland." --Brittany Bowe
"It was a really great experience to race in the main event in the 500 for the first time. It's promising to see that my opening split time is right there with the top girls. I made a few mistakes throughout the race but I'm excited to stay in a group and have those jitters out of the way for the 500m next weekend at world cup two." - Kimi Goetz
"It feels great to be racing on the world stage again! For now, my goals are to get back on the level of comfort I felt on the ice last year. At the end of last season, my goals were to consistently rank in the top 10 in the 500m for 2019/20. Things aren't going quite as planned (haven't seemed to find my feet yet this season) but I'm still optimistic that I'll pull it together soon." --Erin Jackson
"We got our first-race jitters out of the way. [With the Team Sprint] we have only practiced two starts and a couple accelerations together. With that said, I am very happy with how the team skated. Going into the race, I didn't know what a slow and fast opener time was but now I know what I need to do to be competitive in this event." --Brett Perry
"My goals going into World Cup 2 are to start strong and finish stronger. Had a slow start on the first day of competition for me here in Minsk, but progressed to a solid race. Always something to work on and I'm excited to learn and execute." - Brianna Bocox
"Started my first world cup race with a 3K. First time I have ever raced a 3K at a world cup or ever trained for one. I decided to start training for them this summer, so I am really looking forward to seeing where I can go with it. Right now I am just focused on learning how to skate them and seeing what I can do to improve from race to race." -- Paige Schwartzburg