Katie Uhlaender poses for a portrait during the Team USA Beijing 2022 Olympic Filming on September 12, 2021 in Irvine, California.
Uhlaender has been present on skeleton tracks around the world for two decades. No other American in a board sport has ever competed in five Olympics, adding another highlight to her already impressive career.
At 37, she will also become the oldest American skeleton athlete to compete at the Games and tie the record for most Winter Olympic appearances by an American. Her first place finish was fourth place at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Although the Breckenridge, Colorado resident may be preparing for her final Olympics, having said she would retire after that and would be pursuing a college education, Uhlaender wrote on Instagram back in October that it’s the best she’s ever felt at the start of an Olympic year.
Uhlaender has never been short of things to do when she’s not hurtling headfirst down an icy track, either. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, she was delivering Instacart, which led her to meet someone who asked her if she wanted to work as an arborist and she said yes. She always incorporates sling logs into her workouts. She also loves surfing, photography, writing and cinema.