Meet Katie Uhlaender, U.S. Skeleton Racer. This girl’s need for speed proves exactly why she is in the Vancouver Olympics of 2010! Find out more exciting details and see photos and a film right here.
As a biography, Katie Uhlaender was born on July 17, 1984 so her age is 25. She is 5’3″ weighing in at 141 pounds. She is from Breckenridge, Colorado. Uhlaender started her career in the bobsledding sport of Skeleton in 2003. She competed and won the National and Junior National Championships at Lake Placid. Also, she placed 7th in the 2003 Junior World Championships. She has won the 2004 National Champion in Lake Placid, as well as America’s Cup Champion that same year. In 2004-2005 World Cup, she placed 6th overall and was considered the National Champion based on team trials week. In 2005-2006, she placed 4th overall in the World Cup. Following, as the 2007 National Champion in Park City. Uhlaender also clenched the 2007-2008 World Cup, as well as the 2008 World Cup, winning both. In the 2008-2009 World Cup she took 3rd overall and 7th overall in the 2009-2010 World Cup.
It is apparent that Uhlaender has encountered some tough emotional hardships in her career. Not only did she lose her strongest supporter but was reportedly involved in a snowmobile accident that resulted in a severe knee injury. Despite her pain and suffering, she has managed to make the U.S. Olympic team with the strength to keep what’s most important in mind.
Uhlaender’s father, former Major League Baseball player, reportedly died at his home after a suffering from multiple myeloma on February 12th, 2009 while she was claiming her second place win at the Women’s Skelton World Cup at Utah Olympic Park. He was only 62. The Olympian shared this about being a successful athlete, “You don’t have to be an Olympian to have the Olympic spirit. That’s what I learned from my father. He wasn’t an Olympian, but he was definitely a champion. That’s the one thing he taught me, never give up, work with what you’ve got and don’t be a little baby about it.”
The U.S. Skeleton Racer also shared something that her father once told her, “You’re not doing anything different than those people ahead of you or before you. So take your steps and take your moment.’ And that’s held true for a long time, I think, in a lot of ways.”
It will be such an emotional moment in the event that she can take home an Olympic Gold. I will be cheering you on and so will America!
Today, she wears her father’s World Series ring around her neck that he won when he was a player for the Cincinnati Reds.
Best of luck to Katie Uhlaender, U.S. Skeleton Racer in her hopeful ride to victory! Leave your thoughts in the comment box and see pictures and video here to learn more about the athlete below.