Brittany Bowe

Brittany Starr Bowe (born February 24, 1988) is an American speed skater and former inline skater and basketball player. She has eight gold, one silver, and two bronze medals from the world inline speedskating championships.[2] From her junior years, she has another 21 world championship medals.[2] She also has a gold medal from the combined sprint event in roller skating at the 2007 Pan American Games.[2]

Brittany Bowe
Brittany Bowe 2007 (crop).jpg
Brittany Bowe in 2007
Personal information
Birth nameBrittany Starr Bowe[1]
NationalityAmerican
Born (1988-02-24) February 24, 1988 (age 33)
Ocala, Florida
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight145 lb (66 kg)
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportSpeed skating
Event(s)500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m
Coached byRyan Shimabukuro
Medal record
Women's speed skating
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Pyeongchang Team pursuit
World Single Distances Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Heerenveen 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2015 Heerenveen 1500 m
Gold medal – first place 2019 Inzell 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2021 Heerenveen 1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2015 Heerenveen 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2016 Kolomna 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2021 Heerenveen 1500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Sochi 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Kolomna 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Kolomna 1500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Inzell 1500 m
World Sprint Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Astana Sprint
Gold medal – first place 2016 Seoul Sprint
Silver medal – second place 2018 Changchun Sprint
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Heerenveen Sprint
Women's inline speed skating
World Championships
(road)
Gold medal – first place 2008 Gijón 5000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2007 Cali 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2007 Cali 5000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2006 Anyang 5000 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Cali 200 m
World Championships
(track)
Gold medal – first place 2008 Gijón 300 m
Gold medal – first place 2008 Gijón 3000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2007 Cali 3000 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2006 Anyang 3000 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2008 Gijón 1000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Gijón 500 m
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Combined sprint

In speed skating, she has specialized in the 500, 1000 and 1500 meters,[3] and she won the bronze medal on the 1000 meters distance in the 2013 World Single Distance Championships.[4] In the 2015 World Single Distance Championships, she won the gold medal on the same distance,[5][6] as well as another gold medal in the 1500 meters,[7][8][9] and the silver medal in the 500 meters.[10][11] Two weeks later, she also won the 2015 World Sprint Championships, winning all four races along the way.[12]

For her performance in the 1000 metres competition of the Single Distance Championships, Bowe was awarded the 2015 Oscar Mathisen Award.[13]

Bowe is the current world record holder on the 1000 meters distance,[14] and has previously held the 1500 metres world record,[15] on which distance she holds the American record.[16]

Early lifeEdit

Bowe was born in Ocala, Florida,[2][3][17] to Michael and Deborah Bowe (née Starr), and grew up practicing several sports from an early age, including basketball and soccer. At the age of 2, she would give dribbling exhibitions at halftime of college basketball games.[18] Though making it to a statewide under-13 boys travel team in soccer, she gave that sport up, because of overlapping seasons with basketball.[18]

She attended the Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala,[19] and then Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton,[3] where she played basketball for the Florida Atlantic Owls. She graduated in 2010, majoring in sociology and social science.[3][18]

Inline speed skatingEdit

In 1996, at the age of 8, Bowe tried inline skating.[18] She competed at increasingly higher levels, ultimately participating in world championships from 2002 to 2008,[2] where she won 32 medals altogether, 11 of which came in senior championships.[17]

BasketballEdit

After the 2008 world championships in inline speed skating, Bowe focused on her basketball game,[2][18] playing as a point guard for the Florida Atlantic Owls.[18][19]

Florida Atlantic statisticsEdit

Source[20]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006-07 Florida Atlantic 30 161 32.4% 28.1% 56.4% 2.2 0.9 1.0 0.1 5.4
2007-08 Florida Atlantic 28 244 29.2% 26.9% 62.5% 3.3 4.1 1.5 0.1 8.7
2008-09 Florida Atlantic 29 316 33.8% 11.4% 72.0% 3.9 3.7 2.1 - 10.9
2009-10 Florida Atlantic 29 354 40.3% 12.5% 70.0% 4.1 4.7 1.7 0.0 12.2
Career 116 1075 34.2% 21.7% 67.0% 3.3 3.3 1.6 0.0 9.3

Speed skatingEdit

 
Bowe at the World Single Distance Championships in Sochi, Russia, in March 2013

Watching friends from the inline years, such as Chad Hedrick and Heather Richardson, participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics, Bowe decided to pause her basketball career, and moved to Salt Lake City in 2010 to take up speed skating.[2]

She soon enjoyed success, and on January 19 and 20, 2013, she earned her first podium placings in the ISU Speed Skating World Cup, finishing third in both races over the 1000 metres distance at the World Cup stop in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[21][22] Six weeks later, on March 3, she won her first World Cup gold medal in the 1000 metres at the World Cup stop in Erfurt, Germany.[23][24] Overall, she finished second in the women's 1000 metres World Cup, after Heather Richardson.[25]

On March 23, 2013, Bowe won her first world championship medal in speed skating, a bronze, in the women's 1000 metres distance of the World Single Distance Championships, finishing behind Olga Fatkulina of Russia and Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands.[4]

On November 17, 2013, Bowe set a new world record on 1000 meters with a time of 1:12.58 in the World Cup stop in Salt Lake City.[26] Over the 2013–14 World Cup season, she collected a total of five podium placings in the 1000 metres World Cup, one gold, three silver, and one bronze medal, for an overall silver medal, behind Heather Richardson. In the 1500 metres World Cup, Bowe collected one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal, for an overall bronze medal, behind Dutch skaters Ireen Wüst and Lotte van Beek.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was somewhat of a disappointment, with Bowe finishing 13th in the 500 metres, 8th in the 1000 metres, and 14th in the 1500 metres.

In the 2015 World Single Distance Championships, she won gold medals in the 1000[5][6] and 1500 meters,[7][8][9] and a silver in the 500 meters.[10][11] She also won the 2015 World Sprint Championships.[12]

Over the 2014–15 World Cup season, Bowe collected four podium placings, three silver and one bronze, for an overall 5th place in the 500 metres World Cup, five podium placings, three gold and two silver, for an overall win in 1000 metres World Cup, and three podium placings, one gold and two silver, for an overall bronze medal in the 1500 metres World Cup.

RecordsEdit

Personal recordsEdit

Personal records[27]
Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 37.03 November 20, 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
1000 m 1:11.61 March 9, 2019 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record.[14]
1500 m 1:50.32 March 10, 2019 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
3000 m 4:13.99 November 2, 2012 Pettit National Ice Center, Milwaukee

World recordsEdit

World records[28]
Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
1000 m 1:12.58 November 17, 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City World record until beaten by Heather Richardson-Bergsma on November 14, 2015.[29]
1000 m 1:12.18 November 22, 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City World record until beaten by Nao Kodaira on December 10, 2017.[29]
1500 m 1:51.59 November 15, 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary World record until beaten by Heather Richardson-Bergsma on November 21, 2015.[15]
1000 m 1:11.61 March 9, 2019 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record.[14]

Results timelineEdit

Season World Sprint World SD World Cup Olympic Games
2011–12 18th 16th 2x500 m
8th 1000 m
20th 500 m
10th 1000 m
31st 1500 m
Not held
2012–13 8th 14th 2x500 m
  1000 m
15th 500 m
  1000 m
28th 1500 m
2013–14 Did not
participate
Not held 11th 500 m
  1000 m
  1500 m
3rd GWC
13th 2x500 m
8th 1000 m
14th 1500 m
6th team pursuit
2014–15     2x500 m
  1000 m
  1500 m
5th 500 m
  1000 m
  1500 m
28th mass start
3rd GWC
Not held
2015–16     2x500 m
  1000 m
  1500 m

[30][31]

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
  Christine Nesbitt
  Heather Richardson-Bergsma
  Nao Kodaira
Women's 1000 m speed skating world record
November 17, 2013 – November 14, 2015
November 22, 2015 – December 10, 2017
March 9, 2019 – present
Succeeded by
  Heather Richardson-Bergsma
  Nao Kodaira
Current holder
Preceded by
  Cindy Klassen
Women's 1500 m speed skating world record
November 15, 2015 – November 21, 2015
Succeeded by
  Heather Richardson-Bergsma