Uhlaender, who had a disappointing run at the Vancouver Olympics, won the world championships at skeleton on Friday. Skeleton asks its athletes to hurtle themselves down a track face-first, and Uhlaender finished her four heats in three days in 3 minutes, 42.33 seconds.
"This is my moment. This is the way the Olympics should have been. I finally wasn't bitter anymore."
Now, after celebrating for less time than it took her to win the world championship, Uhlaender will head to the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team trials in Columbus, Ohio, next weekend. She will vie for one of just two spots in the deep 58 kg. weight class.
If she makes the team, Uhlaender will follow in the footsteps of Canadian Clara Hughes, who has medals from the Summer and Winter Olympics. Hughes won her honors at speedskating and cycling.
- Katie Uhlaender