Brittany Bowe is back on the 1000m podium

Feb. 29, 2020, 1:33 p.m. (ET)

Two-time Olympian Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fla.) was back on the 1000m podium as racing concluded at the ISU World Sprint/Allround Championships at the Hamar Olympic Hall in Norway. Bowe finished her second 1000m of the event in third place (1:14.56) to claim a medal in this distance, her first since December 2019.

Bowe and Kimi Goetz (Flemington, N.J.) were the only two U.S. athletes competing at this event that combined the World Sprint and Allround Championships for the first time. The schedule of the event was challenging with the sprinters competing Friday night, then again on Saturday morning.

“That put an additional strain on an already difficult competition,” said U.S. National Long Track Head Coach Ryan Shimabukuro. “But it’s always great to race a world championship in iconic venues like the Viking Ship. The atmosphere was great and the competition was even better.”

On Friday, Team USA skated the first 500m and 1000m events. Bowe finished her 500m in fifth place (1:15.09) and Goetz ended in 11th (1:15.84).

Saturday’s second round of the 1000m had Bowe taking the third spot and Goetz taking 11th (1:16.02). In the second 500m Bowe finished fifth (37.91) and Goetz finished 14th (38.35). Once all four races were complete, points were awarded for overall standings.

"At the conclusion of the world sprints, I was disappointed with my 11th place finish," Goetz said. "Afterwards, chatting with Ryan, we talked about how we raced in Hamar almost exactly one year ago and this weekend I went a second faster in my 500 and almost two seconds faster in my 1000 than I did last year. So I laughed at myself at how silly it is to be disappointed when I've improved so much over the last year. One year ago I never would have had the confidence that I can finish top-10. I've had five top-10 finishes this season."

Japan’s Miho Takagi skated to wins in three of the four sprint distances, setting a track record in the 1000m (1:13.75) and winning the Overall Ladies Sprint Championship Title. Bowe finished the event 6th overall, with Goetz not far behind in 11th.

“Brit and Kimi demonstrated a lot of resilience and fought hard in each race,” Shimabukuro said. “That’s one of their biggest strengths; they never give up!”

"The staff and I have noticed a bit of a trend in some of the things I struggled with," Goetz said. "I think this year served its purpose in seeing where I need to improve so we can make adjustments and get those challenges ironed out for pre-Olympic, and most importantly, Olympic year."

Team USA travels to Heerenveen, Netherlands, to compete at the ISU World Cup Finals, March 7-8.

Catch the World Cup Finals live-streamed on NBC Sports Gold.

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