Uhlaender earns award after making weightlifting debut | SummitDaily.com

Uhlaender earns award after making weightlifting debut

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Breckenridge Olympian Katie Uhlaender was named the 2010 Rocky Mountain State Games Female Athlete of the Year.

Uhlaender, 26, a two-time U.S. Olympic skeleton performer, opened her campaign to become one of the few Americans to compete in both the Olympic Winter and Summer Games by winning the women’s 63kg weightlifting event at the Rocky Mountain State Games held earlier this summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

USA Weightlifting coaches and officials watched her debut in the sport.

Already a two-time U.S. Winter Olympian and two-time World Cup champion in skeleton, Uhlaender is considering a bid to make the team headed to the 2012 London Games in weightlifting. Only nine other Americans have pulled off the feat of making Olympic teams in both summer and winter sports, but Uhlaender believes she has a realistic chance of joining that club.

“I think I can give it a good go,” said Uhlaender, who often trains for skeleton in Lake Placid, N.Y. “I’ve always been religious about my training. I train all the time, grew up running track and powerlifting and being a true athlete, doing four or five sports in high school. So, I’m used to training four or five hours a day.”

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