Winter Games Athletes
A former inline-skating world champion and point guard at Florida Atlantic University, Bowe will make her Olympic debut in Sochi. It was only four years ago that she caught the speedskating bug while watching friends Chad Hedrick and current U.S. teammate Heather Richardson compete at the 2010 Vancouver Games. One year later, Bowe was competing on the U.S. national and world cup teams. Now, Bowe and Richardson are the United States' two top medal contenders in the 500 and 1,000 meters. She also will compete in the 1,500. Bowe won her first World Cup gold medal while setting a track record in the 1,000 in Germany in March. A three-time World Cup medalist in the 1,000, Bowe set a world record in the event with a time of 1:12.58 in Salt Lake City in November. Her 1:52.45-effort in the 1,500 set on the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City last year is a U.S. record. Bowe won bronze in the 1,000 at the 2013 World Single Distance championships held on the same oval she’ll compete in at Sochi. She won silver in the 500, 1,000 and the 1,500 at the 2013 national championships, improving one spot in the 1,500 from the previous season. During her career, Bowe has won 10 World Cup medals, including three golds. She won 32 world championships and three Pan-American gold medals during her career as an inline skater. Bowe is one of nine players in the history of the Florida Atlantic basketball program to score at least 1,000 career points.