After a sixth-place finish in Torino in 2006, Katie Uhlaender looked to be a medal contender in Vancouver. She won five gold medals in the 2006-07 season en route to her first World Cup title and then defended her title in 2007-08. But after three knee injuries as well as the 2009 death of her father, the physical and emotional strain took its toll on the slider, who finished 11th at the 2010 Olympics.
Since undergoing hip surgery after Vancouver and wondering if she would have the drive to return to the sport, the Colorado native has made a comeback. She won the World Championships in 2012, took up weightlifting (almost qualifying for the London Olympics) before finishing the 2012-13 World Cup skeleton season ranked third. After suffering a concussion in October, Uhlaender struggled during the 2013-14 World Cup season, failing to secure any top-10 finishes.
- 2012-13 World Cup standings - Third
- 2012 World Championships - Gold
- 2007-08 World Cup standings - First
- 2008 World Championships - Silver
- 2006-07 World Cup standings - First
Things To Know
1. Uhlaender likes to work on her family's cattle ranch in northwest Kansas.
2. She wears her father's 1972 National League Championship ring around her neck when she races.
3. She worked on the production staff for "Survivor: Cook Islands" in 2006.