Uhlaender claims fifth World Cup gold medal
WINTERBERG, Germany ” Breckenridge’s Katie Uhlaender obliterated the skeleton track record in Winterberg, Germany, today at a World Cup race on her way to winning her fifth gold medal. The win sealed her overall World Cup lead.
Uhlaender smashed the track record with her first run of 59.59 seconds. A second run of 59.80 gave Uhlaender a combined time of 1:59.39, for a 0.27 lead over the field for the win.
Uhlaender could have been distracted by an e-mail on Thursday explaining to her that her brother, William, was in the hospital recovering from a serious ski accident.
“He spoke to me on the phone, amazingly, and told me to win for him,” Uhlaender said. “Everything was put into perspective, and I realized that there is no time in life to not make every moment count. I wrote his name on the front of my helmet, and on my sled.”
2007 World Champion Pikus-Pace won her fourth World Cup medal this season with a combined time of 1:59.83 for the bronze after runs of 59.83 and 59.95 seconds.
Yamada finished fifth, claiming the third podium finish today for the U.S. women’s skeleton team with runs of 59.89 and 1:00.21 for a total time of 2:00.10. Winterberg is a glider’s track, where body weight is important for a strong finish, making the 5-foot 1-inch and 115-pound Yamada’s fifth place finish all the more impressive.
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