Katie Uhlaender

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Katie Uhlaender
Personal information
Born (1984-07-17) July 17, 1984 (age 32)
Vail, Colorado
Residence Breckenridge, Colorado
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg)
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Skeleton

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (January 18, 2014). "2014 U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team Announced". TeamUSA.org. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Meyer, John (March 4, 2012). "Breckenridge's Uhlaender doesn't qualify for Olympics in weightlifting". Denver Post. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 

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