Brittany Bowe is getting closer.
The American speed skater finished in fourth place in the women’s 1,000-meter race at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, just barely missing out on a medal for the second time in three days.
Bowe’s time of 1:14.36 was just 0.42 seconds behind bronze medalist Miho Takagi of Japan. That fact was not lost on Bowe.
“Obviously very disappointed in this moment, just falling short of the podium,” she told Team USA. “My best finish yet at the Olympics but that doesn’t matter if it’s not top three.”
She finished fifth in the 1,500-meter on Monday.
Bowe skated in a pair with Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors, who won gold and set a new Olympic record in the event. Netherlands has won five gold medals in speed skating so far at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Ireen Wuest, the Dutch speed skater who set several medals records earlier in these Olympics, finished in ninth place.
The race will be broadcast tape-delayed in primetime Wednesday night on NBC.
You can find complete Winter Olympics 2018 coverage on SB Nation, and Outsports will have the LGBT angle.