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Give Me 5: Uhlender Makes Fifth US Olympic Skeleton Team | Taiwan News | 2022-01-15 15:31:00

There are now six US Olympic women’s skeleton teams. Katie Uhlender has made five of them.

Uhlender officially became the first American woman from any sliding sport to make five Olympic teams after being named on the three-man team heading for the Beijing Games on Saturday.

It is the smallest team that the Americans have enrolled in the skeleton since the sport entered the Olympic program back in 2002, lasting more than a half-century. Uhlender will be joined by two Olympic rookies: Kelly Curtis on the women’s side and Andrew Blazer as the lone men’s qualifiers.

He found this out on Saturday morning at a team meeting in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where skeletons and bobsled are scheduled to take place in the final of this weekend’s World Cup.

“USA Bobsleigh and Skeleton are incredibly proud of the three athletes nominated to represent Team USA in the skeleton at the 2022 Olympics,” said USABS CEO Aaron McGuire. “It was a battle to build the team and it came down to the final race.”

The final race of the World Cup season was Friday morning, and there was a race within a race—three American women vying for two Olympic places, all of them with a realistic prospect of teaming up.

Uhlender had the best prospects, followed by Megan Henry and then Curtis – who ended up needing the race of his life to make it to Beijing.

And that’s exactly what he got.

Curtis finished a career-best sixth to cap his first full season on the World Cup circuit, which was enough to make Henry jump narrowly into the system America was using to decide their spots. . Henry was 15th in the finale.

Here’s one way to explain how close it was: Curtis finished two of her runs on Saturday in 2 minutes, 18.87 seconds—and if she had finished in 2:18.99, not even one-eighth of a second slower. , Henry would probably be going to Beijing.

The nomination of three skeleton athletes brings the total number of American Sliders selected for the Beijing Games to 11, after an eight-man team from USA Luge appeared earlier this week. All that’s left is USA Bobsleigh, which is expected to announce its Olympic teams after Monday.

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