Uhlaender Nabs Silver on 2002 Olympic Track

Feb. 12, 2009, 7:48 p.m. (ET)

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For Immediate Release

February 12, 2009


Uhlaender Nabs Silver on 2002 Olympic Track


PARK CITY, Utah– Today’s World Cup event on the 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah marked the end of the women’s skeleton 2008-09 World Cup season.  Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) celebrated the final race with a silver medal, despite a family crisis that has been weighing heavily on the 2007 World Cup Champion’s mind. 


“I was finally able to put two runs together,” said Uhlaender.  “I’m inspired by my family, and I really wanted to put it together today for the Uhlaenders.”


Uhlaender’s father, Ted, has been battling cancer, and was readmitted to the hospital for another round of chemo.  Ted had a blood clot this morning, but Uhlaender was able to talk to him before the race.


“I had an epiphany today,” said Uhlaender.  “All year I was feeling like my priorities were messed up, and I felt like I should be with my family instead of sledding.  My mom surprised me and flew out here this week to support me, and she really came through for me. I know I can’t do anything but what I’m doing, and I need to live every moment I’m in.  I think it’s changed my outlook on sliding.”


The two-time World Cup Champion has been within reach of the podium all season, finishing fourth three times, and secured her first medal of the year at the Utah Olympic Park today.  The young American slid to the finish with a combined time of 1:41.59 after crossing the finish line in 50.69 and 50.90 seconds to claim silver. 


Uhlaender’s silver medal performance bumped her up in World Cup rank to third with 1,466 points.


Marion Trott from Germany was victorious today, claiming her fourth and final medal of the 2008-09 World Cup season with a combined time of 1:41.28 (50.51, 50.77).  Trott was named the 2009 World Cup Champion with 1,572 points. 


Canadian Mellisa Hollingsworth finished third in today’s competition with a total time of 1:41.62, claiming her third medal of the year after sliding heats of 50.89 and 50.73. 


Shelley Rudman from Great Britain finished second in overall World Cup rank with 1,468 points.


Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah) finished ninth today with a combined time of 1:42.33 after sliding runs of 51.35 and 50.98.


“It was nice to have two races in Park City because it was good preparation for World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.,” said Pikus-Pace.  “The biggest race of the year is next, and I’m excited because it’s on my favorite track.  I absolutely love Lake Placid.  I feel like sliding there is like a dance, and I have the beat down.”


Pikus-Pace secured her first medal of the season yesterday since her return to the sport after having her first child, Lacee, last year.  


Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) competed in only her third World Cup event, finishing 11th with a combined time of 1:42.44.  The 2008 U.S. National Champion pushed start times of 5.32 and 5.29 for runs of 51.30 and 51.14, respectively. 


Complete results can be found by visiting the web site for the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing atwww.fibt.com. Watch today’s results on-demand by visiting www.UniversalSports.com. 


For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or abird@usbsf.com. 



1. Marion Trott (GER) 1:41.28 (50.51, 50.77); 2. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 1:41.59 (50.69, 50.90); 3. Mellisa Hollingsworth (CAN) 1:41.62 (50.89, 50.73);…9. Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA) 1:42.33 (51.35, 50.98);…11. Keslie Tomlinson (USA) 1:42.44 (51.30, 51.14);



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