Suburban HS speed skater headed to Olympics

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A suburban high school student is taking his sport to the Olympic Games in Russia.

Friday morning, his classmates at Oak Park River Forest High School gave him a heart-warming send off to the competition.

17 year-old Emery Lehman will compete in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters speed skating events in Sochi.

Lehman says he wouldn’t be a speed skater if it wasn’t for hockey. He said while practicing hockey, his mother saw a flyer for speed skating and they gave it a shot.  The rest, as they say, is history.  So, which is tougher, hockey or speed skating?

Lehman said there is nothing like finishing a 10,000 meters race.  “The burn in the legs, trying to stay bent over for that long, it’s pretty tough,” Lehman said.  He advised not trying it unless you’re ready to feel pain.

Lehman has competed in Japan, Finland and Kazakhstan.  On Monday he leaves for Sochi.  He may pack the gifts he received today from High School Principal Nathaniel Rouse — a OPRF HS Huskies hat, blanket and sweatshirt.

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