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2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver, CanadaFebruary 12-28
 
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Katie Uhlaender

Katie Uhlaender

  • Sport: Olympic Skeleton
  • Nation: United States of America
  • DOB: July 17, 1984
  • Hometown: Breckenridge, CO
  • Career Highlights: After a sixth-place finish in the 2006 Olympics, Uhlaender has been the United States’ most decorated athletes in women’s skeleton, but will enter the Olympics following a trying 2009. Her father, Ted, a former major baseball player, coach and scout died in February. She has also undergone three surgeries since shattering her kneecap in a snowmobile accident in April. Uhlaender, who was on crutches as recently as September, finished seventh in this season's World Cup competiton. She was third in last season’s World Cup and finished seventh at the world championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., two weeks after her father passed away. She then missed the U.S. team trials in October because of her knee, which was once in nine pieces. The 25-year-old Uhlaender won back-to-back World Cup titles in 2007 and 2008, and earned medals at consecutive world championships, finishing with the silver in 2008 and the bronze in the previous year. Uhlaender began the sport in 2003, and won a pair of national titles in her first season. She is currently enrolled at Colorado Mountain College and is majoring in science.
  • Olympic History: 2006
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