The daughter of a former Major League Baseball pitcher, Uhlaender—who spoke with 5280 in February—is a two-time overall World Cup skeleton champion, although she didn’t live up to her potential at the Olympics.
Now, she tells The Associated Press she wasn’t fully recovered from breaking her knee twice in the months before the winter games, which fell on the one-year anniversary of her father’s death.
Five months removed from the stressful Olympics, where she placed 11th, Uhlaender is considering a diversion from skeleton, which could land her in the 2012 summer Olympics in London as a weightlifter. Such a move would make her the 10th American to make Olympic teams in both the winter and summer games.
She plans on competing in the Rocky Mountain State Games in a few weeks, an Olympic-style competition for Colorado athletes. If she does well there, she could be laying the foundation for 2012.
“It’s been a horrible last couple years for me,” Uhlaender says. “Now I know I don’t want to walk away from a sport until I give it my all. I’m super-excited for more than one reason now.”