The Canadian Press - Saturday Nov. 30, 2013 10:53 ET

Brittany Schussler wins speed skating bronze

Winnipeg native 3rd in 1500m World Cup event

From left, silver medallist Yuliya Sokolova of Russia, American gold medallist Brittany Bowe and third placed Brittany Schussler of Canada stand during the award ceremony of the women's 1500m event in Astana, Kazahkstan. (Associated Press)

Winnipeg's Brittany Schussler won her seventh individual long-track World Cup medal Saturday, skating to a bronze in the women's 1,500 metres.
Schussler's time of one minute 57.78 seconds put her 0.50 second behind the winning time of American Brittany Bowe (1:57.28) and 0.08 behind silver medallist Yuliya Skokova of Russia (1:57.70).
"I have felt like my 1,500-metre races have been getting stronger every weekend," said Schussler. "I know there's still a lot of work to be done, but I'm confident I can build off this performance."
Schussler now has one silver and six bronze medals on the World Cup circuit. Her last individual medal was a bronze in the 3,000 metres in Moscow on Jan. 28, 2011. She also has won 15 medals -- including nine gold -- as a member of Canada's women's team pursuit squad, which currently holds the world record.