PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Florida Atlantic University alumna Brittany Bowe finished her 2018 Games appearance with a bronze medal in the long track speedskating team pursuit. She opened her Olympic speedskating program with a fifth-place finish in the 1500m contest and followed it up with a fourth-place finish in the 1000m event. She closed the individual portion of her Olympic campaign with a fifth-place finish in the 500m.
Bowe and Team USA defeated Canada in the B final of the women's team pursuit to claim the bronze medal on Wednesday evening at the Gangneung Oval. Bowe teamed up with Heather Bergsma and Mia Manganello. The squad reached the finish line in a time of 2:59.27, 0.45 seconds faster than Canada's 2:59.72.
Bowe finished the 1500m with a time of 1:55.54, a little over one second behind the gold-medal winner, Netherlands' Ireen Wust, who crossed the finish line in 1:54.35.
According to Team USA, Bowe's performance was the best USA long track speedskating olympic time in eight years. You can read the full article here.
Bowe finished with a time of 1:14.36 in the 1000m, missing the podium by .38 seconds. She briefly slid into second place, racing in pair with Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands, who set an Olympic record with a time of 1:13.56 to ultimately win the gold medal. Bowe was edged out of medal contention in the penultimate pair.
In the 500m event, Bowe finished in 37.53 seconds for her third straight top five finish. She missed the podium by two-tenths of a second with Karolina Erbanova of Czech Republic clinching third with a 37.34 time. Vannessa Herzog of Austria edged Bowe for fourth place with a 37.51 time.
Despite not medaling as an indiviual, Bowe is thankful for opportunity to represent the Red, White and Blue in PyeongChang.
"It's mixed emotions. It's been a huge battle to get here, a crazy journey," Bowe said. "I'm grateful to have the opportunity, to be able to lace my skates up and get to the start line."
After suffering a concussion in 2016, the 2018 Olympics seemed like a distant dream for Bowe at times.
"There were times, less than a year ago, I didn't even think I would be able to lace my skates back up. So to be top five in the world is a blessing," Bowe said.
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