Posted: Wed January 1, 2014 5:46PM; Updated: Wed January 1, 2014 5:46PM

Lamb heads to 3rd Olympics after winning 5,000 at speedskating trials

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Maria Lamb
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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