Please give me five. This is the seventh time that Uhlaender has been named to the U.S. Olympic skeleton squad.
The United States has now sent six women’s skeleton teams to the Olympics, the most in the country’s history. Five of them have been designed by Katie Uhlaender.
Upon being selected for the three-person squad that would represent the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Uhlaender established a new record by becoming the first American woman from any sliding event ever to be named to five Olympic teams in the same year.
After more than a half-century absence from international competition, the United States has fielded the smallest skeleton squad it has fielded since the sport was restored to the Olympic roster in 2002 after a more than half-century absence. Uhlaender will be joined by two other first-time Olympians: Kelly Curtis on the women’s side of the tournament and Andrew Blaser, the lone male qualifier, on the men’s side of the competition. Uhlaender will be competing in her first Olympic Games.
A team meeting in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where the World Cup finals for skeleton and bobsled will take place this weekend, was where they were notified of the decision on Saturday morning.
“USA Bobsled and Skeleton is incredibly delighted with the three athletes who have been selected to represent Team USA in skeleton at the 2022 Olympic Games,” said Aron McGuire, the organization’s chief executive officer. I fought hard to make the squad, and it came down to the final race, “says the athlete.
In the days leading up to Saturday’s World Cup final, three American women raced for two Olympic slots in a race within a race, with all of them having a realistic chance of making the team.
It looked like Uhlaender would have the best chance of making it to Beijing, followed by Megan Henry and then Curtis, who ended up having to run the race of her life in order to make it to the capital.