Katie Uhlaender

— ABOUT —

 Katie Uhlaender

Katie has won five 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). Katie won the gold medal in 2012, winning her first Skeleton World Championship.

 

Katie has also won the women's Skeleton World Cup title twice (2006-07, 2007-08) earning a total of 17 World Cup medals, 9 of them gold. She finished sixth in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. After Katie shattered her kneecap prior to the 2010 Olympics, she underwent a grueling rehab and finished 11th in Vancouver in 2010. Most recently, Katie finished 4th in the 2014 Sochi Games, missing out on the bronze medal by just .04 seconds.

 

 

Katie Uhlaender’s life could be a Hollywood movie. Born to a famous father (Major League Baseball outfielder Ted Uhlaender), the small-town girl grew up on her family’s farm dreaming of following her father’s path as a professional athlete. Her journey leads her to the winter sport of skeleton, where she speeds down mountains at high speeds in pursuit of Olympic glory. Along the way, she struggles with her health and finding the means to turn her dream into reality.

 

"It's the total acceptance of fear and knowing you don't have brakes. You have one choice, and that's to go for it. It's fun. You just have to relax and let gravity take you. When you do that, that's what makes you giggle. Relaxed chaos: Everything's going so fast, and you're just trying to stay calm and absorb it and enjoy the ride."

- Katie Uhlaender

 

 

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