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On The Road And Healthy! (1/23/14)

BY KATIE UHLAENDER

With my nephew Wesley over Christmas!
Beautiful sunset on the world cup tour — gotta love the alps!
Vote for me and John Daly in the #hairwar!

What a month it has been! I was fortunate enough to spend time with my big brother, his wife and my nephew for Christmas and New Year’s. It was so nice to be around them. My nephew Wesley is getting so big. He is almost 2 years old and likes to play around the house. It's fun to play and watch him, and really puts things into perspective.

Right after the holidays I headed overseas to compete in the world cup at St. Moritz, Switzerland. First of all, St. Moritz is beautiful; it's exactly what you would picture when you think of a quaint Swiss mountain town. After struggling with post-concussion symptoms, I can finally say that I feel great, but go figure — when I got to St. Moritz something I ate wasn't agreeing with me so I had to battle that bug up until the last day of training the following week in Igls! That race didn't go so well for me, but I did finally start to feel like myself again, and comfortable on my awesome new Protostar sled! Good news though, I feel much better now. It feels great to feel healthy and it's nice that all the work I put into getting myself healthy has paid off. I ended up sixth in the St. Moritz World Cup, which isn't on the podium like I want, but I am almost there!

We have a world cup in Koenigssee, Germany (close to Berchtesgaden), this weekend and it is beautiful here, too. I am so fortunate that my job takes me to such picturesque places on the planet. Following Koenigssee, Germany (the final World Cup), I head to Sochi. The U.S. skeleton team is officially named, and I'm on my way to my third Olympic Winter Games!

Following Germany's world cup I have a couple days to relax before I head to Russia for the Games.

I am really looking forward to the next month. This will be my third Olympics and representing your country never gets old. It's a whirlwind month, but always an absolute pleasure — from the training schedule, competing and balancing the media, it is always an adventure. I think that I am so hyped on adrenaline that sleep isn't as necessary. My plan post-Olympics is to head home to the family farm in Kansas for calving season in March. I'll be sure to take you along for that ride because it is really cool! "Calving," by the way, is when all the mama cows give birth to their babies. Sometimes it's an easy process...other times it isn't. More to come!

P.S. My teammate, John Daly, and I are currently in a #hairwar with the Canadian bobsled team... give us your support for best hair at the Olympics!!