Local speedskater has sights on Olympic Gold

Local speedskater has sights on Olympic Gold

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EUSTIS, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Some girls grow up with stars in their eyes.  Brittany Bowe grew up with gold.

The 24-year-old athlete can jump, dribble, shoot and dunk. And she can skate, on wheels and on ice. She's medalled dozens of times, taken home countless titles and broken many records, but there's only one prize Brittany has her eye on. Olympic gold.

And her dad, head Eustis High School basketball Coach Mike Bowe, is 100% behind her.

"I've grown up my whole life watching the Olympics and I just cant believe she is on ice, said Bowe. "If you said that 24 years ago what's the last sport she'd be competing in it would probably be ice speed skating."

But she's not just competing, she is competing at the top.

For the second time, Brittany is on the USA World Cup team. Last weekend, she took home the bronze in the 1,000-meter at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. This weekend, her dad will get to see her race on the international level for the first time in Salt Lake City, where she now lives.

The budding athlete was discovered at the age of 8 by a well known inline skating coach in Ocala.

"Brittany was at a little roller skating party and she had Fisher Price skates on which you can almost snap together, so they don't even roll, and she was just tearing around the rink."

A year later, she became a national champion, and soon a 24-time world champion with several records under her belt. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. Under her father's training, Brittany also became a star college basketball player, and was scouted for a professional women's league.

But she traded in her sneakers and inline skates for a set of blades. She knew it would be her best chance of making it to the Olympics.

"She probably skated on ice kind of messing round probably three or four times when they were skating inline they went to Kissimmee just to put the skates on and she was pretty bad," Bowe said.

Fast forward three years. Brittany Bowe is the 4th fastest woman in the world. Not bad for a girl who grew up in warm, sunny Florida.

"I don't think I could train like she did even though I love playing sports," said Bowe. "I don't know how she trains 6-8 hours a day everyday 6 days a week and never gets tired of it. And that's why she is a world class athlete."

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