Olympics

U.S. speedskater Lamb earns third trip to Olympics with 5,000 win

Maria Lamb competes in the women's 5,000 meters during the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Kearns, Utah.
Maria Lamb competes in the women's 5,000 meters Wednesday.
FOX Sports
Share This Story

   
 

KEARNS, Utah (AP)

Maria Lamb earned her third trip to the Olympics by winning the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Speedskating trials on Wednesday.

US ATHLETES TO WATCH

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are just weeks away. See which American athletes to watch as we count down to the Games.

Lamb dominated the 11-skater field in the longest women's race with a winning time of 7 minutes, 13.31 seconds. She finished more than 7 seconds ahead of runner-up Petra Acker.

Lamb, 27, overcame breathing problems and a severe migraine that sent her to a hospital emergency room two days earlier. Now, she's headed back to the Olympics after also competing at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games.

''It was a little bit scary,'' Lamb said of her health issues. ''I'm just so happy I made it.''

Theresa Cliff-Ryan had hoped to compete in the 5,000 only two days after a training mishap left her with a concussion and severe facial injuries.

After failing to pass a concussion test, she heeded the doctor's advice not to skate.

''I was hoping I had a shot,'' said Cliff-Ryan, who lost two teeth and fractured another when she fell on her face after being taken out by a crashing skater during a training session. ''It's just a bad accident. I'm pretty bummed I didn't get to skate.''

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


OLYMPIC VIDEOS

Olympian Van Dyken injured in ATV accident

Posted: Jun 09, 2014
America's Pregame provides an update on the condition of former Olympic swimmer ...

Phelps clocks fastest qualifying time in return

Posted: Apr 24, 2014
Michael Phelps clocks the fastest qualifying time in 100-meter butterfly at the ...

Clark claims 7th US Open halfpipe crown

Posted: Mar 09, 2014
Watch Kelly Clark land the first-ever cab 1080 en route to claiming her 7th win ...

Gold wins US Open halfpipe

Posted: Mar 09, 2014
Watch Taylor Gold's US Open-clinching run in the halfpipe, featuring an epic Fro...

Blind skier prepares for 2014 Paralympic Games

Posted: Mar 07, 2014
Blind skier Staci Mannella pushes the limits as she prepares for the 2014 Paraly...

Fox Sports Store

MORE THAN SPORTS on MSN