Brittany Bowe was oh-so-close to winning a medal in the Ladies’ 1,500-meter speed skating competition on Monday. The American led for much of the race until great Olympic champion Ireen Wuest took a lead she would not give up.
In the end, Bowe finished fifth, just 0.28 seconds behind Dutch skater Marrit Leenstra.
“I feel super proud about that performance,” Bowe said after the race, according to the Miami Herald. “I was able to execute what I wanted to execute. I was able to fight all the way to the end and leave everything out there on the ice.”
Austrian ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz also had a solid performance on Monday, finishing sixth in the Ladies’ Normal Hill. She finished with 225.9 total points, which was 18 points behind third place.
This is only the second time the Winter Olympics have held a Ladies’ Ski Jumping event. Iraschko-Stolz also competed in 2014, the first time it was held.