Last weekend, the 2015 Junior World Championships came to an end in Warsaw, Poland, where 80 male and 65 female competitors skated for the World Junior titles in Single Distances and Allround.
Athletes skated on Warsaw’s outdoor rink, and enjoyed a sunny first day of racing, but braved some wind and clouds on days two and three.
Those conditions didn’t stop 2014 Olympian Emery Lehman from twice reaching the podium. Lehman also broke the track record in the 5000m, which was previously held by Poland’s Jan Szymanski. However Lehman’s time of 6:50.37 was soon beat by Patrick Roest, and again by Nils Van der Poel of Sweden, who completed the race in 6:46.57. In the end, Van der Poel captured gold, Roest took silver and Emery Lehman was third.
"Both the USA Junior ladies and men team sprint races made me proud,” said Coach Eric Cepuran. “Both groups really worked like a team out there, especially after having such a limited time to practice together before hitting the Junior Worlds ice.”
Best of all, the athletes had a great time traveling, working together, and experiencing international competition.
"This was my first team sprint race, and I would definitely want to race in a team sprint again, working even harder for next time,” said Isaiah Oliver.
"It was so fun,” said Brandon Molenda. “We really felt like a team out there.”
“All of us had such big smiles on our face at the end," remarked David (Kyung) Lee.
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