Much has changed in Emery Lehman's life since the long-track speedskater competed in the Winter Olympics 11 months ago as a high school senior.
He's a freshman at Marquette University now, a civil engineering major with a challenging class load. He didn't skate in the fall World Cup qualifier, so he has not competed internationally this season.
No one knows what to expect from Lehman in the U.S. Long-Track Championships, which begin Friday at the Pettit National Ice Center.
"Frankly, I don't know what competitive mind-set he's in at the moment," said Jeff Klaiber, Lehman's coach and a two-time Olympian. "For sure he has trained well. Emery is a performer and he hasn't had that chance."
The three-day competition features America's top long-track stars, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis and Olympians Heather Richardson, Brittany Bowe and Waukesha's Mitch Whitmore.