KSL OLYMPICS

Casey Dawson, USA Advance To Face Netherlands For Men’s Team Pursuit Bronze

Feb 15, 2022, 12:32 AM
Casey Dawson - Beijing 2022...
USA's Casey Dawson, USA's Emery Lehman and USA's Ethan Cepuran compete in the men's speed skating team pursuit semifinal during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing on February 15, 2022. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)

BEIJING (AP) — The Russians have set an Olympic record in men’s speedskating team pursuit to advance to the gold medal final against defending champion Norway.

The ROC squad of Daniil Aldoshkin, Sergei Trofimov and Ruslan Zakharov won a thrilling semifinal race against the world record holders from the United States. They crossed the line in 3 minutes, 36.62 seconds, beating the Olympic record of 3:37.08 set four years ago by the Norwegians.

The U.S. trio of Ethan Cepuran, Casey Dawson and Emery Lehman briefly grabbed the lead in the middle of the eight-lap race, but the Russians held a slight advantage almost the entire way. The Americans finished in 3:37.05, also bettering the previous Olympic record but only good enough to earn a spot against the Netherlands in a race later Tuesday for the bronze medal.

On the women’s side, defending Olympic champion Japan will meet Canada for the gold medal. The Netherlands will face ROC for the bronze.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Just a year after Japan’s summer Olympics, the Games are back for a winter show in Beijing, China. The unusually short gap between Games is due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Strict precautions and enforced virus prevention protocol are in place to help keep athletes, coaches and personnel safe. 

Beijing is the capital of China, with a population of more than 20 million people and the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympic games. It is one of the largest cities in the world and 15 hours ahead of Mountain Time. There are 13 different venues in and around Beijing that will be used for the Winter Olympics. A total of 109 events will be held in 15 different sports, and there will be a lot of Utah locals competing for medals. Keep up to date with them at our Olympic headquarters.

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