Maria Lamb will compete in her third Olympics after finishing first in the 5,000 meters in the U.S. Speedskating trials in Utah.
Maria Lamb will compete in her third Olympics after finishing first in the 5,000 meters in the U.S. Speedskating trials in Utah.
Rick Bowmer/AP

KEARNS, Utah (AP) - Maria Lamb earned her third trip to the Olympics by winning the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Speedskating trials on Wednesday.

Lamb dominated the 11-skater field in the longest women's race with a winning time of 7 minutes, 13.31 seconds. She finished more than 7 seconds ahead of runner-up Petra Acker.

The 27-year-old Lamb overcame breathing issues and a severe migraine that sent her to a hospital emergency room two days earlier. Now, she's headed back to the Olympics after also competing at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games.

Theresa Cliff-Ryan had hoped to compete in the 5,000 - just two days after a training mishap left her with a concussion and severe facial injuries. After failing to pass a concussion test, she heeded the doctor's advice not to skate.

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