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Oak Park's Emery Lehman Heads to Sochi This Weekend

Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Emery Lehman heads to Sochi this weekend to compete on the U.S. speed skating team in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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Oak Park's Emery Lehman is headed to Sochi this weekend, where he'll compete for the U.S. speed skating team in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. 

Oak Park and River Forest High School on Friday will host a sendoff for the senior, who qualified for a spot on the U.S. Olympic speed skating team, finishing second in the 5,000-meter race at the trials in Utah, according to the Associated Press.

Lehman's father and grandfather were there to cheer him on, he told the AP. But he had to call his mom back home to deliver the news because she can't take watching him race.

"My mom can't handle it," Lehman, 17, told the AP. "She came out here for the Salt Lake World Cup and watched every race but mine."

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