Winter Games Athletes
One of the United States' top long-distance speesdskaters, Meek will make his Olympic debut in Sochi in the 5,000 meters after he fell short in qualifying for the games in both 2006 and 2010. During the recent U.S. Olympic trials, both of Meek's contact lenses popped out late in his race but he still managed to put together a strong performance. With his coach providing guidance and shouting encouragement along the way, Meek finished third in a time of 6:27.90 to earn his spot on the Olympic team. Encouraged by a father and grandfather who both skated, Meek first hit the ice at age two. He made the U.S. national team in 2006, but it has not been until the last few years that Meek has seen his career take off to the point where he’s been a consistent contender on the national and international scenes. He finished second in the 10,000 with a time of 13:26.06 at the 2012-13 national championships. He then set a personal best of 13:23.16 in the same event at the national trials but did not qualify for Olympic competition. Meek finished second in the 10,000 during a "Division B" race at a 2013 World Cup event. Perhaps one of the nation's strongest and most durable skaters, Meek also has earned success in U.S. marathon events by winning gold in the 25,000 and bronze in the 50,000 in 2013. He answers to the nickname "Mule" because of his demanding and difficult training workouts.