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Shani Davis, Speed Skating
Shani Davis, of Chicago, began roller-skating at local rinks on the South Side at the age of two. He and his mother moved to Evanston when he was 10 to be closer to the rink. Davis became the first African-American speed skater to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2002.
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Emery Lehman, Speed skating
Emery Lehman, an Oak Park-River Forest High School senior, was an early bloomer in his sport. At age 14, he skated the 5K in just seven minutes, a feat no one his age had completed. Besides the sport he specializes in, Lehman was also a defenseman for his high school hockey team and a lacrosse midfielder. He plans to take plenty of homework with him to Sochi.
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Brian Hansen, Speed Skating
Brian Hansen began speed skating at the age of ten at Northbrook Speed Skating Club. He was a hockey player at the time and realized his love for moving at high speeds on the ice and the competitive nature of the sport. Hansen is coached by Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz, a Chicago native and Wheaton College alumna, who has competed in three Winter Olympics and is a member of the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame. Hansen himself is a three-time World Cup 1500m medalist.
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Jonathan Kuck, Speed Skating
Jonathan Kuck, of Champaign, skated for three years before he started to get serious. He won a silver medal in the Team Pursuit and placed 8th in the 10,000m at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Kuck is attending the University of Illinois majoring in engineering physics with a minor in computer science. He is from the same hometown as Bonnie Blair and Katherine Reutter.
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Patrick Meek, Speed skating
Patrick Meek grew up in the north suburbs until his early teen years. He started skating at 2 years old, practicing his early skills by pushing a bucket around on the ice. Though he now trains in Salt Lake City, he still considers Chicago home. Meek follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both avid speed skaters.
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