Brittany Bowe sets 1500m world record, gets broken minutes later

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KEARNS, Utah — Brittany Bowset her second world record in as many days on Sunday at the Utah Olympic Oval during the first day of the ISU World Cup Speed Skating Finals. The top 12 skaters in the world in each distance compete for the title. Full results are here.

The two-time Olympian and Olympic medalist broke the 1500m world record with a time of 1:50.327. However, it didn’t last long, as Japanese skater Miho Takagi skated 1:49.839 just minutes later for a new world record and the gold medal. Bowe secured the silver medal and the Overall World Cup title in the 1500m.

On Saturday, Bowe set the world record in the 1000m.

Bowe also skated in the 500m (2) on Sunday, where she finished sixth with a time of 37.126 to end the season fifth overall in the standings.

“I was happy and optimistic, but I didn’t think [the world record] would hold,” Bowe said through U.S. Speedskating. “I’m really pleased with myself and the other ladies. They’ve done an incredible job this year and raised the bar, so I couldn’t be more pleased with the season. I’m definitely ready for vacation, then back at it in a couple of months.”

Bowe’s World Cup medal count stands at 14, including six golds. She called this year the best season she’s had so far.

“Coming back off the injury, it’s taken me two full years to come back and having results builds your confidence, and not having results for a year and a half it gets a little bit old,” she said. “You don’t know if you’ll ever have it back or did you miss your prime, but the skating shows for itself and the times show I’m better than ever.”

Two-time Olympian Joey Mantia skated to an eighth place finish in the 1500m with a time of 1:42.924, and finished fifth place overall in the World Cup final standings in the distance. The Netherlands’ Kjeld Nuis set a world record in the 1500m with a time of 1:40.176. He set the world record in the 1000m on Saturday.

“I’m really happy with my 1000, getting a personal best for the first time in years, it was really nice,” said Mantia. “I think finishing off this season gives me some perspective of what to work on next year. I’m really optimistic going into next season. If I can stay healthy and keep my body good, I’ll just keep getting stronger.”

MORE: Brittany Bowe wins overall bronze at the World Sprint Championships

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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