Emery Lehman is the youngest member of the U.S. speed skating team. The 17-year-old Illinois native skated in his first World Cup at 16 and is still a high school student. In fact, he'll go back to school after the Olympics, and try out for the lacrosse team along with graduating from school. The long distance skater started getting serious about speed skating during his freshman year of high school and was inspired by other skaters from the Chicago area such as Shani Davis, Brian Hansen and Jonathan Kuck. He had a showdown with Kuck at Olympic Trials in the 10,000m, where the two were paired together. Despite Kuck building a large lead, Lehman came back to beat Kuck and win the 10,000m, securing the lone spot on the Olympic team in the distance. Lehman also qualified for the 5000m when he finished second behind Kuck. Three spots were available for qualification for the Olympics in the distance and Lehman earned the second of those positions.
- 2013/14 Olympic Trials- finished first in the 10,000m and second in the 5000m
- 2013 World Cup- finished 31st in the overall standings for the 5000m/10,000m and 51st in the 1500m
- 2013 World Single Distances Championships- finished 20th in the 5000m
Things to know:
1. He says his teachers work with him to send him his assignments when he is on the road, but he had the unique responsibility of studying for finals in mid-December 2013, when most of his teammates were probably training for Olympic trials.
2. Says he does dry-land and short track training in Chicago, but goes to Milwaukee three to four times a week to do long track at the Pettit Ice Center.
3. Lehman says his situation also has its advantages and with so much on his plate, he rarely has time to overthink things, such as the pressure surrounding Olympic trials.