Back in 2016, Team USA Speedskater Brittany Bowe had a collision with a teammate that resulted in a concussion. Throwing off her training in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics. While she had recovered in time for the Olympics, unfortunately due to her recovery and impact on her training she had come just short of an individual Olympic medal.
Kicking off the 2018/2019 season however, Brittany Bowe is poised for an excellent comeback. As she conquered her first race of the season with a World Cup win. Bowe competed in the 1500m at the World Cup event in Obihiro, Japan, coming in at 1:55.03 to edge out the competition, including fellow LGBTI Olympian Ireen Würst.
While Brittany Bowe has never officially “come out” she has been very open on social media and through media appearances about her relationship with fellow Speedskater Manon Kamminga. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Bowe was Team USA’s only openly LGBTI female athlete at the 2018 Olympics. Bowe has not declared herself in any label, instead letting her love for Kamminga speak for itself…
“It’s nice being with somebody that has the same passion, same drive, same goals,” She expressed in an interview with NBC in 2017. ”It’s obviously difficult living on different sides of the world. But we’re both focused on our goal. She’s trying to make her team. I’m trying to make my team. So, it just works out.”
In addition to her season opener World Cup win, Bowe picked up a silver medal and two bronze medals in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m races at another ISU World Cup event in Tomakomai, Japan.
With her season opening successes and great start to a long-awaited comeback. Bowe has been nominated for Team USA’s “Best of November 2018” award for Female Athlete of the Month, which Team USA recognizes and honors athletes for their successes on and off the ice throughout the year. Vote for Brittany!
By Dirk Smith