Uhlaender claims silver at world championships
February 23, 2008
ALTENBERG, Germany ” World Cup champion Katie Uhlaender of Breckenridge capped the season with a silver medal in the women’s skeleton World Championships in Altenberg, Germany Saturday.
“I feel great,” Uhlaender said. “I didn’t have any expectations coming into this race. I just wanted to throw down my best runs and have fun.”
Uhlaender pushed a 5.75 in the first heat for a finish time of 59.89 seconds. Despite a mistake at the exit of corner four that caused Uhlaender’s sled to transition abruptly into curve five, the run was enough to maintain her second position.
“The first run was disappointing,” Uhlaender said. “That was my chance to catch the leader.”
In the second run today, Uhlaender pushed the fastest start time of the heat, 5.63, for a finish time of 1:00.43.
“After that last run, I feel like I have this track down,” Uhlaender said. “This is my favorite track, and these girls are a lot of fun to compete against. But the next time I come to Altenberg, the track is mine.”
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Germany’s Anja Huber won the title with a four-run combined time of 4:02.78, leading the field by only 0.30 seconds. Huber had the fastest run of the first heat today, 59.60, and maintained her lead in the second heat with a time of 1:00.71.
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