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Brittany Bowe didn't even compete in speedskating until a couple of years ago.
Do you know where Brittany Bowe was during the 2010 Winter Olympics?
She was the starting point guard for the Florida Atlantic University Owls women's basketball team.
That makes speedskating the third sport—joining inline skating and basketball—in which she's excelled. At some point, we'll need to acknowledge that she's a supreme athlete who can do anything she puts her mind to doing.
She has tremendous speed and mental toughness on the ice. At the U.S. speedskating trials in December, she tripped at the start of the 500-meter race, but refusing to go down, she rallied to come in second behind Heather Richardson.
Looking to improve on her bronze medal in Vancouver, Wang comes to the Sochi Games in a strong position to medal again.
Vancouver was a drastic improvement over her highly disappointing 2006 Games performance. In Turin, she entered as one of the favorites to capture a medal in the 500 meters, but she didn't come close after a disappointing seventh-place finish.
If she keeps improving, another bronze, or even something nicer, is a possibility.
Wolf was once the world-record holder in the 500 meters, until China's Yu Jing took that from her in 2012. The record has since been beaten four times by Sang Hwa Lee, including on back-to-back days in a World Cup event at the Utah Olympic Oval in November of 2013.
The German skater, who captured four gold medals in the 500 meters at the world championships, took silver in Vancouver. She's clearly one of the biggest threats to Lee's continued dominance.