By Gary R. Blockus | Oct. 14, 2017, 5:03 p.m. (ET)
Emery Lehman poses in the Olympic Park during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 on Feb. 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

 

Emery Lehman, the youngest American man to compete at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, won his second event of US Speedskating’s 2017 Long Track World Cup Qualifiers on Saturday at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah.

The 21-year-old Lehman won the men’s 10,000-meter race to go along with the 5,000 title he claimed on Friday, marking the first time in his career he has won two races at a world cup qualifier or U.S. championships at the senior level and a return to the form that qualified him for his Olympic debut at age 17.

In winning the 10,000, Lehman defeated the oldest competitor in the elite field. He was faster than 53-year-old Theron Sands by a full lap in the final heat. Lehman won the event in 13:40.44, with Sands skating 14:13.13 in his bid to make the world cup team. Sands took second ahead of 29-year-old Chase Reichmann, who finished in 14:32.16.

Four-time world champion Heather Bergsma claimed her fourth win of the week on Saturday, adding the women’s 1,500 to the two 500-meter races she won Friday and her mass start victory from Wednesday. Brittany Bowe, also a four-time world champion, was second in 1:56.61, while Mia Manganello took third with a time of 1:58.38.

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Carlijn Schoutens convincingly won the women’s 5,000-meter in 7:06.94 over Petra Acker, who finished in 7:18.46. Both women set personal bests in the event. Three-time Olympian Maria Lamb claimed third in 7:22.34. Schoutens, who was born in the U.S. but grew up in the Netherlands, was second in the 3,000 on Friday.

In the men’s 1,500-meter, 2014 Olympian and mass start world champion Joey Mantia defeated Lehman in the final heat, going 1:44.15 to Lehman’s 1:46.22, but Brian Hansen won his heat in 1:45.36 to take second ahead of Lehman. Shani Davis, a two-time Olympic silver medalist at the distance, was fourth in 1:46.63.

Mantia, 31, won the mass start held Wednesday. The second mass start race is held Sunday, in addition to the 1,000-meter races.

Skaters are vying for spots on the U.S. world cup team this fall, which will race in Heerenveen, Netherlands; Stavanger, Norway; Calgary; and Salt Lake City. Those stops will also determine the country quota spots for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.