Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fla.) returned to the top step in the mass start Saturday, winning gold for Team USA at the second World Cup event of the season. The 2-time Mass Start World Champion earned 60 points moving up to fourth overall in the standings.
Mantia lead the way for the team in the three days of competition that wrapped on Sunday in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland. Ian Quinn (St. Louis, Mo.) finished seventh with a time of 7:45.720 behind Mantia (7:45.100) in the same event.
"After crashing last week and slowly building back into it this week, I really didn't know what to expect," Joey said. "I kept a positive outlook and took the race lap by lap. With six to go, I was feeling really confident, the legs were good, and I had the liberty to make the moves I needed to make to get me across the line first. This is my first world cup win in a while, so it feels great. Still have a bit of work to do before worlds though, I think."
After winning two medals to kick off the season earlier this month, Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) just missed the podium in the 500m with a time of 38.101, behind her rival and current World Record holder Nao Kodaira of Japan, who set a new track record of 37.775. Brittany finished the event in sixth while Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.), who skated the same event, finished 13th in 38.779. Bowe also raced the 1500m A event, crossing the finish line in sixth place (1:57.728).
Olympic medalist Mia Kilburg (Crestview, Fla.) had a solid race finishing fourth in the semis for the Mass Start, and 12th in the final with a time of 9:04.470. The Florida native competed in the 3000m along with teammate Paige Schwartzburg (Ocala, Fla.), finishing 13th in 4:16.074 and 24th in 4:24.356 respectively.
Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) skated the 1500m Division B finishing 25th in 1:52.076, nearly three seconds faster than the week before. He also skated the 5000m B, finishing 17th in 6:37.575 behind the winner of both races Seitaro Ichinohe of Japan, who set a new track record of 6:25.646 in the 5000m.
Olympian Erin Jackson (Ocala, Fla.), and Brianna Bocox (Cheyenne, Wyo.) finished 15th in 39.853 and 22nd in 40.303 in the 500m Ladies Division B final behind Vanessa Herzog (38.038) of Austria. Vanessa moved into the B races last week after being disqualified for two false starts.
Team USA finished 12th in the Men’s team sprint behind the Netherlands, consisting of Kimani Griffin (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Brett Perry (Midland, Mich.) and Austin Kleba (Campton Hills, Ill.). In the men’s team pursuit division B final, Team USA finished fourth.
Mantia also placed 16th in the 1500m Division A finals in 1:48.161 behind gold medal winner Thomas Krol of the Netherlands in 1:45.768.
In the team pursuit for the ladies, Russia took the win ahead of Team USA who finished 6th in the final with Goetz, Kilburg and Schwartzburg.
The long track team will travel to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan next for the third installment of the World Cup series December 5-7, 2019.
Joey Mantia – Mass Start – GOLD
Brittany Bowe – 500m – 4th
Brittany Bowe – 1500m – 6th
Ian Quinn – Mass Start – 7th
Mia Kilburg – Mass Start - 12th
Ladies Team Sprint – 6th
Men’s Team Sprint – 12th
"It was exciting making my first final in mass start. I learned a lot racing with these guys and I am excited to try and improve. Best of all, the team walked away with a win." – Ian Quinn
“Happy to get another four races under my belt this weekend. There’s something to pull from each race for training and experience for the ultimate goal of world championships in February.”—Kimi Goetz
“It was good to be a member on both of the team events this weekend. We’re looking to build off the first ones of the season at world cup three.” – Kimi Goetz
“I think the effort we gave was great for our first [team pursuit]. There are definitely some things we need to improve on but they are easy fixes. It was already an improvement from our one we did last year here in Poland. We gave our best so you can never be upset about that.” – Paige Schwartzburg
“After skating on slow ice last week, I knew I had to work the entire race and keep my tempo up. I just went out there an did that and I couldn’t be happier with the result. It was a big improvement from last week and I’m excited for the rest of the world cups.” – Ethan Cepuran
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