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SOCHI, Olympics (KSDK) – St. Louis University graduate Patrick Meek got a second chance to go for the gold in Sochi.

The third generation speed skater raced in the first week of Olympic competition in men's 5000m. But Meek says, despite not qualifying for the 10,000m the longer competition is his specialty.

Through a series of what Meek calls "complicated" circumstances, he found out just over a day before the 10,000m competition that he would be racing as an alternate.

And while Meek did not medal in either race, he did cross the 10,000m finish line pumping his fist with a 16 second lead over the skater in his heat and a personal best time for a low altitude track (where times are usually slower.)

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And he may have accomplished something else for a U.S. speed skating team that has struggled in Sochi. Meek hopes his gutsy performance that left him collapsed and vomiting rink side will inspire those in the team event which is still to come.

NewsChannel 5's Casey Nolen has more. Watch the video above for details.

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