Central Texas native Katie Uhlaender finishes 6th in fifth Olympic run

Whether it’s hearing stories of her father’s Major League Baseball career or her five trips to the Olympic Games, skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender is no stranger to major sporting event

Saturday’s run at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre may be the last for the McGregor, Texas native- if not one of her favorite

Skeleton was added the Olympic program in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic

Unlike luge, competitors are sliding on the ice in a prone position, often with speeds that exceed 75 miles per hour

Soon after she crossed the finish line in her fourth-and-final run (51.14), the former McGregor Bulldog was all smiles as she was slowing down towards the end of the track

The 37-year-old even held onto the lead for the briefest of moments. However, her cumulative time was eclipsed by racers much faster and younger

Hannah Neise of Germany won gold (4:07.62). Australia’s Jacalyn Narracott took silver (4:08.24) and Kimberly Bos of the Netherlands earned bronze (4:08.46)

Katie, who also competed in the previous four Olympics was sixth (4:09.23)

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