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Brittany Bowe

Brittany Bowe
Speed Skating USA

Brittany Bowe

Brittany Bowe
  • Birth date 2/24/1988
  • Birthplace Ocala, FL
  • Hometown Ocala, FL
  • Residence Salt Lake City, UT
  • Height/Weight 5'6"/ 141 lbs
  • Olympics 2014

Biography

After an underwhelming performance at the Sochi Olympics, speed skater Brittany Bowe rebounded in record fashion to become one of the top 1000m and 1500m racers in the world. In 2015, she won her first gold medals in the 1000m and 1500m at the World Single Distance Championships, then claimed the overall title at the 2015 World Sprint Championships. The next season, Bowe improved even more to break the world records in the 1000m and 1500m. She still holds the 1000m record, but her teammate Heather Bergsma lowered the 1500m world record just minutes after Bowe first broke it. Bowe and Bergsma’s friendly rivalry dates back to their childhood, when both were inline skaters who would occasionally compete against each other. Bergsma transitioned to speed skating first, and it was watching her at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that inspired Bowe to follow Bergsma onto the ice. When Bowe won a second consecutive overall title at the 2016 World Sprint Championships, Bergsma was just a step below her on the podium. However, Bowe’s run of dominance was derailed in the summer of 2016 when she collided with a teammate during training. The resulting concussion kept Bowe mostly out of competition for the next season, and symptoms lingered for close to a year. Bowe sat out both the 2017 World Sprint Championships and World Single Distance Championships to focus on her recovery.
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Getting to know Brittany Bowe

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World record holder in 1000m

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Overall gold medalist at 2015 and 2016 World Sprint Championships

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Played college basketball at Florida Atlantic University

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