The fifth installment of the 2019-20 World Cup season ended Saturday in Calgary with Team USA continuing to shine. Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia left Canada with a bronze medal in the 1500m with a time of 1:43.741. Kimi Goetz finished first in the Ladies 1000m division B (1:14.319), beating the duo from Japan, Nana Takagi and Arisa Go, and Brianna Bocox was not far behind, in seventh place with a personal best time of 1:15.539.
“This weekend was the perfect opportunity to fine-tine and make last-minute adjustments for my races at the big dance,” Goetz said. “In May, when the coaches and I sat down to set season and world champs goals, those goals seemed a little daunting at the time. Now that we are a few days out, I feel like those goals are in reach, so I’m really looking forward to racing and seeing what I can do.”
Two-time Olympian Mia Kilburg set a personal best with a time of 1:55.637, finishing third in the 1500m B following her solid performance at the Four Continents Championships last weekend. Goetz also set a PB in the 1500m B (1:56.288).
World Record Holder, Brittany Bowe skated to sixth place in the Ladies 1000m (1:13.067), following a strong start in her heat. Nao Kodaira of Japan finished in first ahead of Russia’s Olga Fatkulina. Bowe earned 38 points for her finish to remain on top of the World Cup leader board, with 218 points over Kodaira and Fatkulina.
Emery Lehman skated to a personal best with a time of 1:44.543 in his 1500m B, finishing in fifth place.
In the Men’s 1000m A, Pavel Kulizhnikov (RUS) set a track record for the Olympic Oval in Calgary, in a blazing time of 1:06.497. Olympian Kimani Griffin skated his 1000m A, crossing the line in 1:08.810. Griffin’s teammates, Brett Perry and Conor McDermott–Mostowy, raced in the 1000m B division, finishing in 1:10.650 and 1:10.860 respectively behind the winner from Japan, Taro Kondo.
In the Ladies’ 500m division A races, Kodaira continued her winning streak, finishing in 36.658. Team USA skaters finished the distance with three top 20 results. Goetz was the top finisher in ninth place with a personal best 37.601. Bowe following not far behind in 12th place in 37.707, with Erin Jackson in 18th (38.047).
Perry set a personal best in the 500m B division B, finishing in 35.379. Griffin finished just a bit ahead of him with 35.315. And in the final race of the event, Ethan Cepuran set a PB time of 6:26.083 in his 5000m B.
The two days of racing was the final test before Team USA competes in the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval, Feb. 13-16.