Brittany Bowe

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Brittany Bowe
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Brittany Bowe in 2007
Personal information
Birth nameBrittany Starr Bowe[1]
Born(1988-02-24) February 24, 1988 (age 26)
Ocala, Florida
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Sport
Country United States
SportSpeed skating
Coached byRyan Shimabukuro
 
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Brittany Bowe
Brittany Bowe 2007 (crop).jpg
Brittany Bowe in 2007
Personal information
Birth nameBrittany Starr Bowe[1]
Born(1988-02-24) February 24, 1988 (age 26)
Ocala, Florida
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Sport
Country United States
SportSpeed skating
Coached byRyan Shimabukuro

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]

In speed skating, she has specialized in the 500, 1000 and 1500 meters,[3] and she won a bronze medal on the 1000 meters distance in the 2013 World Single Distance Championships.[4] Bowe is the current world record holder on the 1000 metres distance,[5] and the current American record holder on the 1500 metres.[6]

Early life[edit]

Bowe was born in Ocala, Florida,[2][3][7] to Michael and Deborah Bowe, 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.[8] Though making it to a statewide under-13 boys travel team in soccer, she gave that sport up, because of overlapping seasons with basketball.[8]

She attended the Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala,[9] and then Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton,[3] joining their basketball team, the Florida Atlantic Owls. She graduated in 2010, majoring in sociology and social science.[3][8]

Inline speed skating[edit]

In 1996, at the age of 8, Bowe tried inline skating.[8] She competed at increasingly higher levels, ultimately participating in world championships from 2002 to 2008,[2] where she has won 32 medals altogether, 11 of which in senior championships.[7]

Basketball[edit]

After the 2008 world championships in inline speed skating, Bowe focused on her basketball game,[2][8] playing as a point guard in the Florida Atlantic Owls.[8][9]

Speed skating[edit]

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 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, Canada.[10][11] 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.[12][13] Overall, she finished second in the women's 1000 metres World Cup, after Heather Richardson.[14]

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.[15]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[16]
Women's speed skating
DistanceTimeDateLocationNotes
500 m37.32November 15, 2013Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
1000 m1:12.58November 17, 2013Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake CityCurrent world record[5]
1500 m1:52.45November 16, 2013Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake CityCurrent American record[6]
3000 m4:13.99November 2, 2012Pettit National Ice Center, Milwaukee

Results overview[edit]

YearWorld SprintWorld Single DistanceWorld CupOlympic Games
201218th16th 2x500 m
8th 1000 m
20th 500 m
10th 1000 m
31st 1500 m
20138th14th 2x500 m
3 1000 m
15th 500 m
2 1000 m
28th 1500 m
2014DNPNot held13th 500 m
8th 1000 m
14th 1500 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fltimes.com/news/article_dd45e36c-8bc1-11e3-9e08-0019bb2963f4.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Brittany Bowe". www.usspeedskating.org. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Brittany Bowe". www.teamusa.org. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Essent ISU World Single Distances Championships 2013 – Result 1000m Ladies – Rankings as of Mar 23 2013 2:18PM". International Skating Union. March 23, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "World Records". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "National Records – United States (USA)". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Athletes: Speed Skating, Brittany Bowe". pmgsports.com. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Hersh, Philip (December 26, 2012). "From basketball court to speedskating rink". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "5 Brittany Bowe". Official site of the Florida Atlantic Owls. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Essent ISU World Cup Calgary – Result 1000m Ladies Division A – Rankings as of Jan 19 2013 1:35PM". International Skating Union. January 19, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Essent ISU World Cup Calgary – Result 1000m Ladies Division A – Rankings as of Jan 20 2013 1:14PM". International Skating Union. January 20, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Essent ISU World Cup Erfurt – Result 1000m Ladies Division A – Rankings as of Mar 3 2013 1:42PM". International Skating Union. March 3, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Brittany Bowe skates to 1,000m win". espn.go.com. March 3, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Essent ISU WorldCup 2012/2013 – World Cup Ladies 1000m – Rankings 1000m Ladies – Rankings as of Mar 10 2013 6:56PM". International Skating Union. March 10, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Brittany Bowe (USA) sets 1000m world record". International Skating Union. November 17, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Brittany Bowe". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved November 8, 2013.