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Park City’s Casey Dawson wins Bronze medal in men’s team pursuit

BEIJING — Park City’s own Casey Dawson is an Olympic Bronze medalist after the U.S. Speedskating team shocked the Netherlands in the bronze-medal team pursuit, winning by an impressive 2.81 seconds.

Following a tremendous journey, which included four negative COVID-19 tests, several red-eye flights, nearly 12,000 miles traveled, and the temporary loss of his blades along the way, Dawson’s relentless pursuit to make it to Beijing was finally rewarded.

After a disappointing outcome in the semifinal against the Russian Olympic Committee, Dawson and his teammates refused to be denied a spot on the podium and shifted their focus to the bronze medal.

Utilizing their unique strategy of maintaining one skating leader the entire race, as opposed to switching out like most other countries, the U.S. dominated the Dutch who appeared to be out of gas down the final stretch.

This victory for the Americans marks the second speedskating medal for the U.S. in Beijing. It also marks just the second U.S. medal in the team event since the competition was added to the Olympics back in the 2006 Turin games.

While the victory is a momentous achievement for both the country and team as a whole, it makes Dawson’s adventurous journey to Beijing that much sweeter as he’ll return to Park City as an Olympic medalist with a piece of historic hardware.

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