Katie Uhlaender heads to weightlifting Olympic trials after winning skeleton world championship

Maggie Hendricks
February 24, 2012

Katie Uhlaender is a busy lady. She's not busy like someone who has a doctor's appointment, Pilates class, full day of work and parent-teacher's conference kind of day. She's busy in that she has to dominate at an elite level in two different sports at a time.

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.

Thanks, Daily House.