There have now been six U.S. Olympic ladies’s skeleton groups. Katie Uhlaender has made 5 of them.
Uhlaender formally grew to become the primary American girl from any sliding sport to make 5 Olympic groups after being named Saturday to the three-person squad that shall be heading to the Beijing Video games.
It’s the smallest group the Individuals have nominated in skeleton because the sport returned to the Olympic program in 2002 after a hiatus that lasted greater than a half-century. Uhlaender shall be joined by two Olympic rookies: Kelly Curtis on the ladies’s aspect and Andrew Blaser because the lone males’s qualifier.
They received the phrase Saturday morning at a group assembly in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the positioning of this weekend’s World Cup finales for skeleton and bobsled.
“USA Bobsled and Skeleton is extremely happy with the three athletes nominated to characterize Staff USA in skeleton on the 2022 Olympics,” USABS CEO Aron McGuire mentioned. “It was a battle to make the group and it got here right down to the final race.”
The ultimate race of the World Cup season was Friday morning, and there was a race inside the race — three American ladies vying for 2 Olympic spots, all of them with reasonable probabilities of making the group.
Uhlaender had the perfect odds, adopted by Megan Henry after which Curtis, who wound up needing the race of her life to make it to Beijing.
And that is precisely what she received.
Curtis completed a career-best sixth to cap her first full season on the World Cup circuit, which was ok for her to narrowly leapfrog Henry within the system that the U.S. was utilizing to resolve its spots. Henry was fifteenth within the finale.
This is a method of explaining how shut it was: Curtis completed her two runs on Saturday in 2 minutes, 18.87 seconds — and if she had completed in 2:18.99, not even one-eighth of a second slower, Henry doubtless would have been going to Beijing.
The nomination of the three skeleton athletes pushes the overall variety of U.S. sliders chosen for the Beijing Video games to 11, after an eight-person group from USA Luge was revealed earlier this week. All that is left is USA Bobsled, which is anticipated to announce its Olympic groups no later than Monday.