Uhlaender 10th in St. Moritz women's skeleton World Cup

Jan. 12, 2018, 5:56 a.m. (ET)

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Uhlaender 10th in St. Moritz women’s skeleton World Cup

 


ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan 12., 2018)- Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) was the top American finisher in 10th in this morning’s women’s skeleton World Cup on the all-natural track in St. Moritz. Today’s races are the final chance for skeleton athletes to accumulate points towards Olympic qualification. Nation quotas will be officially announced by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation on Sunday, and the 2018 U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team will be selected today following the men’s skeleton race.

 

"I'm hugely disappointed due to how well I was training, but I know things are also coming together," Uhlaender said. "It was the first time I tried to push hard, and maybe I tried too hard. One more race to practice before the Olympics, and I know if I do my best and show up, that's all I can do. I will be doing all I can can to make sure I am at my best for Korea."


Uhlaender clocked nearly identical start times of 5.43 and 5.42 in each heat en route to runs of 1:10.43 and 1:10.07, respectively. The three-time Olympian sat in 10th between heats, and was able to maintain her ranking despite a tight field heading into the second run.


Last weekend, Uhlaender took silver and gold in the two Intercontinental Cup (ICC) races in St. Moritz, spending an extra week on the Swiss track instead of racing in Altenberg, Germany’s World Cup while giving her hamstring, which she injured just after the holiday break, some time to heal.

Austrian Janine Flock, who recorded her first World Cup win today since the season-opening race in Lake Placid, N.Y., was victorious in 2:19.44. Germany’s Tina Hermann took the silver in 2:19.86, while Canadian Elisabeth Vathje was just 0.03 seconds behind Hermann to earn bronze.


Last season’s St. Moritz silver medalist, Kendall Wesenberg (Modesto, Calif.), finished 16th today with a two-run total of 2:20.94. Wesenberg struggled at the start in run one with a push time of 5.44 for a downtime of 1:10.69. She rallied in run two for a faster start time of 5.39 en route to a finish of 1:10.25.


In only her second race on the all-natural track, Savannah Graybill (Denver, Pa.) finished 19th with a total time of 2:21.76 after posting consistent starts of 5.52 and 5.54 seconds for runs of  1:11.04 and 1:10.72. Her first race on the Swiss track was in her World Cup debut season in 2015, when she finished 16th.


The seventh World Cup of the tour continues in St. Moritz today with the men’s skeleton event at 1 p.m. local time/ 7 a.m. EST. Races are broadcast on the Olympic Channel and streamed live on www.OlympicChannel.com.


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Results

1. Janine Flock (AUT) 2:19.44 (1:09.94, 1:09.50);

2. Tina Hermann (GER) 2:19.86 (1:10.21, 1:09.65);

3. Elisabeth Vathje (CAN) 2:19.89 (1:09.96, 1:09.93);

10. Katie Uhlaender (USA) 2:20.50 (1:10.43, 1:10.07);

16. Kendall Wesenberg (USA) 2:20.94 (1:10.69, 1:10.25);

19. Savannah Graybill (USA) 2:21.76 (1:11.04, 1:10.72);


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