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Katherine Reutter-Adamek

Katherine Reutter
Short Track USA

Katherine Reutter-Adamek

Katherine Reutter-Adamek
  • Birth date 7/30/1988
  • Birthplace Champaign, IL
  • Hometown Champaign, IL
  • Residence Milwaukee, WI
  • Height/Weight 5'6"/ 136 lbs
  • Olympics 2010


NOTE: Katherine Reutter-Adamek did not qualify for the U.S. Olympic short track team for PyeongChang.

Katherine Reutter-Adamek was the star of the U.S. women’s short track team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, competing in all four women’s events and winning two medals, a silver in the 1000m and bronze in the 3000m. A year later, she shone even brighter at the 2011 World Championships when she won four medals, including 1500m gold and overall silver.

But Reutter-Adamek’s success on the ice became eclipsed by injuries, and she suffered through three hip surgeries and two herniated disks by age 24. In 2013, Reutter-Adamek announced her retirement from competition. She started working as a coach in Milwaukee, and the chronic pain she’d experienced with for years slowly faded. She decided to return to skating in 2016—and made it official by adding “comeback queen” to her Twitter bio.

Five years after what she thought would be her last international race, Reutter-Adamek was added to the U.S. team for the 2016 World Cup circuit. She broke her own American record, set at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, in the 1000m distance in just her second competition back. By early 2017, she had qualified for her first world championships in six years, but had to withdraw after injuring herself in training.
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Getting to know Katherine Reutter-Adamek


Started as a figure skater but always wanted to race the other girls


Added Adamek to her maiden name, Reutter, after getting married in 2017


Attended some high school as speed skating legend Bonnie Blair

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