Maria Lamb is an American speed skater who specializes in the long distances. Early in her career, she skated the middle distances also, and Lamb skated the 1500m in Torino. She finished 24th in that skate in 2006 and 15th in the 5000m race in Vancouver. She also was a part of the team pursuit team that finished fifth in 2010. Lamb had a decent finish at the World Single Distances Championships when she finished 11th in the 5000m. Her most recent results feature a 26th place finish in the 2013 overall World Cup standings for the 3000m/5000m distance. The stamina specialist won the women's 5000m at U.S. Olympic Trials, solidifying her spot in the distance in Sochi. Lamb had been in the hospital just days before her winning race at Trials because of a throat infection, but managed to seize the final opportunity to join the Olympic team.
- 2013/14 Olympic Trials- finished first in the 5000m
- 2010 Olympic Games- finished 15th in the 5000m
- 2006 Olympic Games- finished 24th in the 1500m and fifth in the team pursuit.
Things to know:
1. Grew up on a farm and had chores that included taking care of the animals (family has sheep, goats and cows).
2. Maria started in figure skating because her mom was looking for a winter activity for her to do, but Maria enjoyed the free time on the ice more than the actual figure skating so that she could go fast.
3. Loves to cook, bake, read, bike, listen to classical music, play the violin, and sew clothes and costumes.