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Bigger Picture: Double Trouble (7/26/13)

BY KATIE UHLAENDER
Katie Uhlaender blog
Competing at 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Weightlifting Weightlifting in Switzerland

This is my awesome singlet supporting a great cause for young
women! I just hope to inspire young girls to chase their dreams!

There are 196 days til the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and I have only now begun to feel anxiety about it. Almost all of my thoughts in a day draw back to preparing for Sochi. I am so excited, but at the same time, I have less than 48 hours before I compete in the 2013 USA Weightlifting National Championships! I decided three weeks ago to compete, and if you ask any weightlifter or athlete that understands peaking for competition that was likely not the proper amount of time to prep. In fact, it was decided by me and my coaches to not change my training for skeleton in order to prep for this meet. I am training for Sochi, because there is a bigger picture for me; however, I will go to nationals because high-level competition is a way of life that I live for. I’m an athlete; I live to compete. This is an Olympic year for skeleton, and that is my main goal; however, I still have hopes to try out for the Rio Olympic team in 2016. So, I’m doing my best to balance the two with the bigger overall picture in mind. It is not an easy task! I am so competitive and easily absorbed into whatever I am doing to the point that all else is forgotten, but this time I can’t forget the bigger picture.

National championships will be something I put everything I have in to — like I do with anything I decide to do, athletically or not. It is an opportunity to compete, to experience yet again another high pressure situation, and put all I have on the line just to see where I end up. This will only make me stronger mentally and physically, which is what the Olympic spirit is about. I don’t know what will happen, I don’t know what the results will be, all I know is I’m going to walk on to the platform and do what I know how to do — let it all hang out!

I could not have made the trip to nationals without the help from my support crew, and I thank you. You can watch the competition with live streaming from USAW by clicking here. 

I will be leaving for Calgary on Sunday to cheer on my bobsled teammates in the first part of their Olympic trials. I am also going to join in on their combine, to see where I line up for fitness (are we surprised?!). Thanks again for all the support and don’t forget to chase your dreams despite the fear of failure! Cause if you don’t try, you’ll never know!