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Emery Lehman

United States

SportSpeed Skating
NOCUnited States
Born13 Jun 1996 in  Chicago, IL
ResidenceOak Park, IL, USA
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish
Higher educationCivil Engineering - Marquette University: Milwaukee, WI, USA
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.64 19 Sep 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:09.30 17 Oct 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:44.19 27 Feb 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:18.03 01 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    10000m 13:19.27 22 Nov 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    1500m     1  
    5000m 1   2  
    Allround     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport at age nine in Chicago, IL, United States of America.  
Name of coachRyan Shimabukuro [national], USA; Gabriel Girard [national], CAN  
Reason for choosing this sportHe was playing ice hockey when his mother noticed a poster that said speed skating could help improve hockey skills. "I started skating when I was really young. By the time I started hockey [at age six] I was a really good skater. When I was nine, I was at a hockey clinic in Franklin Park and my mum saw a poster for speed skating. She was the kind of mother who would make my brother and I try every sport possible, and she thought it would be good for hockey. I didn't really wanna go to my first practice, but she kind of dragged me to it. But I started and I ended up loving it."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis mother Marcia, and US speed skater Jonathan Kuck. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017;, 21 Feb 2012)  
Hero / IdolUS baseball and American football player Bo Jackson. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
Awards and honoursHe was named the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year by the Wednesday Journal, a newspaper based in Oak Park, IL, United States of America. (, 01 Jul 2014)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"My philosophy is the same for school and skating. I might not be the smartest kid in the classroom or the most talented skater on the ice, but it doesn't take skill to work hard, recover correctly, be on top for training." (OIS, 06 Feb 2018)  
He says he was disappointed with his 21st-place finish in the 5000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and that he is aiming to better that result at the 2022 Games in Beijing. "It's definitely in the back of my mind where I think, 'My first goal is to get to the [2022] Olympics', but past that, I want to outperform myself from the last two [Games]. Only 24 people qualify for the Olympics [in the 5000m], which has become very hard to do, but on the other side of that, getting 21st out of 24 is never a good feeling. I would like to improve upon that and maybe qualify in another distance." (, 21 Jan 2020)

He and his brother were involved in several sports throughout their school years, which he says helped make him more competitive. "Not only were we competitive through sports but we brought that into school. Our backyard basketball games always turned into fights because we were so competitive but on top of that, doing all these different sports, getting thrown onto different teams, learning new rules - it was a good way of messing with your brain to learn all these different things and have to work with different people. I think it was really good for us. He's a role model to me. He played tennis in college and earned a master's degree in civil engineering. I think he has an incredible work ethic." (Parks Foundation of Oak Park YouTube channel, 03 Jun 2020;, 13 Mar 2020)

In 2020 he began studying for a master's degree in structural engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, United States of America. He has balanced speed skating and his studies since school. "There are two sides to it. On one side, I got to go to college and still experience some international competition. On the other side, my progression really slowed down during that time [his undergraduate studies at Marquette University]. Solely from an athletic standpoint, it was not good. If you look at it from the standpoint of someone who wanted to live a kind of normal life, it was good, and I'm really appreciative of the smaller success that I've had and the smaller improvements I've made. But, it's a good question for when I'm done skating, whether it was a good decision or a bad one for me. I won't know until I'm truly done. Someone asked me recently [speaking in 2021] what I do outside of school and skating. The answer is school and skating." (, 23 Mar 2021;, 18 Feb 2018; Twitter profile, 21 Nov 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2021)
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)  
Famous relativesHis older brother Graham played tennis at collegiate level for Lehigh University in the United States of America from 2013 to 2017. (, 13 Mar 2020; OIS, 06 Feb 2018;, 01 Aug 2017)  
MilestonesAt age 17 years and 240 days when he competed in the 5000m, he was the youngest speed skater from any nation to participate at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Nov 2017;, 03 Aug 2014)  
InjuriesHe was diagnosed with mononucleosis [glandular fever] after the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and the effects of the illness led him to take a year out of the sport. "After 2018, I was pretty confident I wanted to keep skating but I was sick and stayed stagnant. I took a year off to see if I really wanted to do it." (, 13 Mar 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps5  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps8  
    2014 Olympic Games 10000m10  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m16  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m16  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 5000m20  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Four Continents Championships 5000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup 5000/10000m29  
    2012/2013 World Cup 5000/10000m31  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m34  
    2017/2018 World Cup 5000/10000m51