U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender made the vow months ago. Busted kneecap, ailing psyche, neither was going to keep her from competing at the Vancouver Olympics. With competition starting Thursday, the two-time World Cup champion's emotions are running high.
Eric Bernotas slid to victory in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Friday, bringing the Americans' World Cup slump to an end for their first medal in nearly two years. Britain's Shelley Rudman earned her second gold of the season, while Katie Uhlaender was the top U.S. woman with sixth.
No U.S. skeleton racer has earned a World Cup medal so far this season. But the issues that derailed U.S. hopes four years ago don't exist today, replaced instead by a baffling string of disappointing results.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.