Gehring, Celski win U.S. championships

Published: Saturday, Dec. 22 2012 8:30 p.m. MST

"I started to think more confidently," she said. I was really focused today and wanted to sweep the competition the rest of the weekend. I was able to succeed in that, and this is very exciting."

Gehring won the 3,000-meter race with a time of 5:31.131, edging Emily Scott, who finished in 5:31.285. Alyson Dudek was third with a time of 5:31.563.

In the men's 3,000 meters, Celski won with a time of 4:48.231, while Chris Creveling was second with a time of 4:48.985. Eduardo Alvarez was third with a time of 4.54.947.

The men's World Cup and World Championship team is comprised of Celski, Creveling, Jeff Simon, Alvarez, Kyle Carr and Travis Jayner. The women's team is Gehring, Jessica Smith, Dudek, Emily Scott, Sarah Chen and Kimberly Derrick.

The U.S. long-track speedskating team will compete in the U.S. Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval starting Dec. 27.

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