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July 17, 1984 |
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|Weight||141 lb (64 kg)|
Katie Uhlaender (born July 17, 1984) is an American skeleton racer who has competed since 2003. She won four medals at the FIBT World Championships with one silver (women's skeleton: 2008) and three bronzes (women's skeleton: 2007, mixed bobsleigh-skeleton team event: 2008, 2009).
Uhlaender won the women's Skeleton World Cup title twice (2006-7, 2007-8). She also finished sixth in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She earned a medical waiver to compete in the 2009-10 Skeleton World Cup season following surgery in the wake of an April 2009 snowmobile accident where Uhelander shattered her kneecap, and broke it again in August 2009 (having a total of four surgeries).
A native of Vail, Colorado, Uhlaender now lives in nearby Breckenridge. She is the daughter of Major League Baseball outfielder (and former Cleveland Indians coach) Ted Uhlaender. In memory of her father, she wears his National League Championship ring from the 1972 Cincinnati Reds on a necklace.
It was announced on January 16, 2010 that Uhlaender qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where she finished 11th. Uhlaender then had another surgery (micro fracture labral repair by Dr Phillipon at Steadman Hawkins).
On January 18, 2014, Uhlaender was named to the 2014 Olympic team. She placed fourth at the 2014 Olympics, missing out on a medal by .04 seconds.
Uhlaender has also participated in weightlifting competitions. The 2012 U.S. Olympic trials was just the third meet of her weightlifting career, but she did not make the team. Discovering that her hip had ossified (there was no soft tissue) and her ankle had a hole in it, she took the 2014-15 season off from skeleton and gave up on weightlifting to get healthy. She Participated in Track Cycling, attempting to be a starter in the women's team sprint. She posted her best 1 lap time of 20.7 at Senior Nationals 2015.
- U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (January 18, 2014). "2014 U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team Announced". TeamUSA.org. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- Meyer, John (March 4, 2012). "Breckenridge's Uhlaender doesn't qualify for Olympics in weightlifting". Denver Post. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
- Katie Uhlaender at the United States Olympic Committee
- Katie Uhlaender at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation
- USA Names 2009–2010 World Cup Teams at the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing. October 26, 2009. Accessed October 27, 2009.
- Yahoo Sports profile of Uhlaender at the 2006 Winter Olympics at the Wayback Machine (archived June 2, 2012)
- Thomson, Candus (February 27, 2009). "Emotional rush for skeleton racer Uhlaender". The Baltimore Sun.[dead link]
- "Meet Katie Uhlaender, Skeleton". AP Winter Games, February 2010.[dead link]
- Athlete Profile: Katie Uhlaender. AP Winter Games, February 2010.
- NBCOlympics.com on the bobsleigh and skeleton slots for the US Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. January 16, 2010. Accessed January 17, 2010.
- List of women's skeleton World Cup champions since 1997 at Sports123.com
- Women's skeleton world championship medalists since 2000 at Sports123.com
- Skeletonsport.com profile