AFTER YEARS ON THE
WHAT'S ONE MORE STEP TO THE PODIUM?
FACING THE UNEXPECTED.
Since she began competing in 2003, Katie Uhlaender has been a dominant force in skeleton racing. Unfortunately, events off the ice have kept her from realizing her Olympic Dreams with Team USA. Most recently, before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, her father passed away after a battle with cancer. Katie admits, “I didn’t know which way to go or how to direct any of my emotions or energy.” With her focus elsewhere, she finished a disappointing 11th place.
SITTING DOWN WITH PICABO.
At that pivotal moment, when Katie felt like her “entire world was falling apart” and considered giving up on the sport, she met U.S. Olympic Legend Picabo Street. Picabo guided Katie through the difficult time. “I helped her get out of Vancouver with her head held high,” Picabo recalls. Since that time, Katie has been determined to come back, a moment she realized was possible when she won the World Championships in 2012 at Lake Placid.
“Now is the time for me to follow through,” says Katie, and she’ll get her chance to represent Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games where she’s a favorite to win. Katie hopes to race in her father’s honor, declaring, “He gave me the tools to approach life and to compete. So, I’m not going to waste them.”