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Maria Lamb

United States

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSUSA20401198601
NOCUnited States
Born04 Jan 1986 in  Saint Paul, MN
GenderWomen
ResidencePark City, UT, USA
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish
Higher educationWestminster College: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.29 28 Dec 2005 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:17.34 31 Dec 2005 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:58.03 30 Dec 2005 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:08.90 18 Nov 2005 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:09.62 30 Dec 2009 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Allround     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.marialamb.com/  
twitter.com/MariaTLamb  
www.facebook.com/maria.lamb.13  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up speed skating in 1994 at age eight.  
Club / TeamMidway Speedskating Club: Roseville, MN, USA  
Reason for choosing this sportShe switched to speed skating after finding figure skating too slow.  
Name of coachKip Carpenter [national], USA  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationNATIONAL CRITICISM
She criticised US Speedskating after the United States failed to win an individual speed skating medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. "I think over the last several years most of us have managed to perform incredibly well in spite of the organisation rather than because of it. That adds up over the years, and unfortunately, it came to a head here. This is my third Games and there is so much more nonsense in general going on." (nbcsports.com, 20 Feb 2014)
 
Most influential person in careerCoach Tom Cushman. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2012)  
HobbiesCycling, hiking, cooking, baking, sewing, knitting. (NOC Media Guide, 2014)  
InjuriesA throat infection and severe migraines nearly stopped her from competing in the US trials for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. She was in hospital two days before the trials, but successfully qualified from the event. (nbcolympics.com, 01 Jan 2014)

She was involved in a car crash while travelling in a taxi in November 2013 that resulted in a back injury. (twincities.com, 19 Feb 2014)

A few weeks before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, she fell while training and severely cut her right ankle. (marialamb.com, 12 Feb 2012)

In 2010 she was diagnosed with piriformis syndrome, a muscle disease which causes pain and tingling in the buttocks. Initially doctors said it would end her skating career, but by the end of the 2009/10 season she was completely rehabilitated. (marialamb.com, 12 Feb 2012)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"I skate because I love it. I've never been the person that races for one Olympic performance every four years. I skate and I race because that's truly what I love to do." (ONS, 19 Feb 2014)

"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificent glow than a sleepy and permanent planet. Man's chief purpose is to live, not to exist." [Jack London] (marialamb.com, 12 Feb 2012)

"Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it." [Winston Churchill] (marialamb.com, 12 Feb 2012)

"Champions are the people who come back, who get knocked down, but just get right back up." [coach Tom Cushman] (marialamb.com, 12 Feb 2012)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps5  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps5  
    2006 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps5  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps8  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 5000m11  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 5000m11  
    2010 Olympic Games 5000m15  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 1500m15  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1500m16  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships Allround16  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m16  
    2008/2009 World Allround Championships Allround16  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1500m18  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 3000m18  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships Allround19  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 3000m19  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps20  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround21  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 3000m21  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 3000m22  
    2003/2004 World Allround Championships Allround23  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships Allround24  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 3000m24  
    2006 Olympic Games 1500m24  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships Allround24  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2004/2005 World Cup Hamar Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2004/2005 World Cup North American & Oceanic Wch Allround Qu Allround3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps5  
    2013/2014 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps7  
    2012/2013 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps17  
    2004/2005 World Cup 3000/5000m23  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1500m24  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall25  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m26  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps27  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m28  
    2003/2004 World Cup 3000/5000m30  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1500m31  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m31  
    2007/2008 World Cup 3000/5000m31  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m33  
    2011/2012 World Cup 3000/5000m34  
    2009/2010 World Cup 3000/5000m34  
    2013/2014 World Cup 3000/5000m35  
    2014/2015 World Cup 3000/5000m37  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m39  
    2010/2011 World Cup 3000/5000m40  
    2005/2006 World Cup 3000/5000m40  
    2008/2009 World Cup 3000/5000m41  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m41  
    2006/2007 World Cup 3000/5000m45