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Marquette’s Emery Lehman earns bronze medal in Team Pursuit

Emery Lehman
Posted at 4:09 AM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-15 18:52:35-05

Marquette graduate Emery Lehman finished third in men's Team Pursuit against the ROC at the 2022 Beijing Olympics early Tuesday morning.

Lehman, along with Casey Dawson and Ethan Cepuran, skated a 3 minutes, 38.81 seconds race, elevating the US to take bronze.

Lehman also competed in the 1500m where he placed 11th last week. The American speed skater also subbed in for a teammate who didn't pass Covid protocols for the 5,000 meters.

"We're the overall World Cup champions," Lehman previously said. "And theoretically, have never skated a time that would not have got us on the podium. So I think if we just do what we know how to do, between last World Cup and the Olympics, I don't think we need to do anything special. I think we just need to keep doing what we're doing."

He finished second to last at the Olympics four years ago.

Lehman is from Chicago. But when he competes, he wouldn't leave home without a piece of the Pettit.

"Man, this is my lucky Pettit Center hoodie," Lehman says. "The awesome staff, Kevin and Randy at the Pettit, gave this to me, this and a shirt, before I left for Salt Lake City for my first Olympic Trials. And you know, I wore it there. I made it on my first team at 17. And you know, I go through hoodies very quickly. This might be one of my oldest articles of clothing I own."

Since that time, Lehman is a 3-time speed skating Olympian.

After PyeongChang, Lehman took a break, attended Marquette and now has his degree.

"My undergrad was from Marquette in civil engineering," Lehman says. "And I'm now online through Johns Hopkins getting a structural engineering masters."

Emery Lehman (left) and his friend John Petitjean
Emery Lehman (left) and his friend John Petitjean

Tuesday afternoon, TMJ4 spoke to Lehman and his friend John Petitjean who shared some of the fun moments they had at Marquette. Both men met while attending the university nearly eigh years ago.

Beyond the fun, Petitjean said Lehman's drive is unmatched and that he's made many sacrifices in college to get him where he is today.

"In his dorm room he had a slide board that we would see him working on sliding back and forth working on his form," Petitjean said. "The accomplishment of being a 3-time Olympian was already so impressive and just to add a medal on top of that. We couldn't be more proud of him."

Lehman put 100% not only into following his dreams of winning a medal, but into his academics.

"He also had really high standards accepting C's was not something Emery was going to do," said Brigid Legerman, his academic advisor at Marquette.

Lagerman worked with Lehman for six years and when you ask her about him as a student, she can't find enough words to describe him.

"He's engaged, connected, serious and going for it," she said. "We are just so proud of him and happy he's representing Marquette."

Emery Lehman holding up his bronze medal
Emery Lehman holding up his bronze medal

An outstanding athlete, student and now Olympic medalist.

"It is incredibly special and it is still insane," Lehman smiled. "I can't believe it."

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