We love to see out athletes dominate in their respective sports, so allow us to congratulate two Olympians who continue to be at the top of their games: Brittany Bowe and Belle Brockhoff.
Bowe, a speed skater who represented the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and captured the bronze at PyeongChang 2018, recently reclaimed her 1000m world crown at the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships in the Netherlands. It was Bowe’s third 1000m world title, and it came exactly six years after her first victory.
Meanwhile, Brockhoff, an Australian snowboarder who also participated in the 2014 and 2018 Games, won her first world gold medal at the International Ski Federation Ski and Snowboard Cross World Championships in Sweden earlier this month.
For Bowe, the title represents redemption, following a disappointing showing in Salt Lake City last year. It’s great to see her holding gold once again.
It's for Brittany Bowe as she defeats 2020 World 1000m champion Jutta Leerdam in a head-to-head race— ISU Speed Skating (@ISU_Speed) February 13, 2021
Elizaveta Golubeva (RSU) takes the bronze
It's Bowe's third World title in the 1000m after winning gold in 2015 and 2019 #SpeedSkating #WorldSpeed pic.twitter.com/IbDlyFi3Kg
In addition to their shared alliteration, Bowe and Brockhoff are both unapologetically themselves. As a protest to Russia’s anti-LGBTQ laws, Brockhoff publicly came out as gay prior to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Her tone towards Russian president Vladimir Putin, who’s ludicrously claimed Russia’s homophobic laws “don’t harm anybody” and recently championed a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, was deliciously defiant.
“After I compete, I’m willing to rip on his ass,” she said in 2014. “I’m not happy and there’s a bunch of other Olympians who are not happy either.”
Bowe has also been publicly out for years. At the time of the PyeongChang Games, she was dating fellow inline skater Manon Kamminga. “It’s nice being with somebody that has the same passion, same drive, same goals,” she told NBC about Kamminga in 2017.
On Instagram, Bowe often shares pictures with her current partner.
It’s always empowering to see LGBTQ athletes thrive — especially on the international stage. Bowe and Brockhoff are showing the world that being LGBTQ is indeed a superpower.