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Two GOLD for Team USA at Long Track World Cup 2

Jan. 31, 2021, 8:05 p.m. (ET)

Long Track World Cup 2 took place this past weekend, January 29-31, 2021 at Thialf Stadium in the Netherlands. Mirroring the weekend prior, Friday’s races kicked off with the Men’s Mass Start Semi-Finals for both Joey Mantia (Ocala, Fl.) and Ian Quinn (St. Louis, MO.). Both made it out of their Semi-Final Heat, and into the Final, set for Saturday. On Saturday the Final was an extremely eventful race, with Mantia finishing just off of the podium with a 4th place finish, and Quinn placing 13th. 

Day two of racing started off with Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Il.) in the Men’s Division B 1500m. He finished with a time of (1:49.05), which placed him in 12th. Following Cepuran, was his teammate Brittany Bowe (Ocala, Fl.) who won her third consecutive event in the Women’s 1500m, beating out 2nd place by (0.35)! She finished her Gold Medal race with a time of (1:53.45). Up next was Mantia and Conor McDermott-Mosowy (Washington, D.C.) in the Men’s 1500m. Mantia finished in 17th with a time of (1:47.09), and McDermott-Mostowy finished with a time of (1:48.19) which put him in 20th. Finishing off the individual races, Bowe was back to racing in the Women’s 500m. She crossed the line with a time of (38.03), which put her in 10th place. 

The final day of racing started off with a big personal best from Cepuran in the Men’s Division B 5000m. He finished his race with a time of (6:19.20) which earned him a 6th place finish.

“I wasn’t too sure what to expect from myself today, my 1500 yesterday wasn’t great so I just reset myself going into today and tried to skate a solid race,” said Cepuran. “I couldn’t be happier with a big personal [best] at sea level.”

Up next was Bowe winning her fourth consecutive Gold medal in the Women’s 1000m, finishing with a time of (1:13.96). She was the only woman to go under (1:14.00)! Rounding out the weekend of races was McDermott-Mostowy in the Men’s 1000m. He crossed the line in the time of (1:10.13), where he placed 17th.

“The team absolutely raced their hearts out. I couldn't be prouder of the way they represented themselves and their hometown clubs,” commented Long Track Program Director, Matt Kooreman. “Brittany Bowe continued to perform on an elite level but the performance of the weekend was surely Ethan Cepuran's huge personal best in the 5000m which earned himself a ticket to the World Championships!”

This upcoming weekend will be a rest weekend for athletes as they get ready for the upcoming Speed Skating World Championships. The World Championships is set for February 11-14, 2021. You can watch these races live and on-demand on Peacock.

To view the weekend's results, click here
 

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