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Heather Bergsma Wins Third Career Grand World Cup Title

Heather Bergsma Wins Third Career Grand World Cup Title

For the third time in four years, Heather Bergsma (High Point, N.C.) was crowned the Grand World Cup winner. The two-time Olympian closed out the season with a win in the Women’s 1500m.

Bergsma, who was skating in the final pair with Marrit Leenstra from The Netherlands, skated a 1:54.92 for the win and the 150 points needed to win the overall 1500m title. It was her second overall event title in as many days, as she won the 1000m title on Saturday.

In addition to securing the 1500m World Cup crown, Bersgma also clinched the 2016-17 Grand World Cup title with the victory. She finishes the ISU World Cup circuit with 12 World Cup medals in 21 World Cup starts resulting in 1287 points. Japan’s Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi tied for second behind Bergsma, each finishing the season with 960 points.

It was the fourth-straight year that a U.S. woman won the Grand World Cup. Bergsma won the title in 2013-14 with 108.25 points, 2014-15 with 1195 points and Brittany Bowe was Grand World Cup champion in the 2015-16 season with 1660 points.

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