Last summer, when skeleton slider Katie Uhlaender met with the press in Chicago, she promised that her comeback from a devastating knee injury would not include excuses or complaining.

She said she would live with the outcome of the Olympics, whether or not it included a medal.


Now in the winter of her career, without a medal, Katie has some scores to settle.

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation didn't do much to help her, she said.

She hinted that if things didn't change, she wouldn't be coming back.

"Honestly, this week was a complete disaster as far as organization and getting things done. I was up until 4 in the morning, trying to get video for the last day of training," said Uhlaender, daughter of the late major league baseball player and coach Ted Uhlaender. "I'll come back if we get our stuff together."

And she really wanted to use another "s" word, she smirked.She also said she didn't have enough time to heal from a serious snowmobile accident and subsequent complications last year.

"I fel like this whole season has been rushed," she said. "I was on crutches until September after shattering my knee cap for the second time."

Nobody forced Katie, 25, to ride that snowmobile the year before the event of her athletic career. And, darn, doesn't that sound like an excuse coming from Katie's lips?

For her summation, the slider with an attitude suggested that "karma," of the bad kind at the track where a young luge athlete died last week was responsible for the Canadians failing to reach the podium.

Before she could expound, a federation spokeswoman with more sense shot Uhlaender a dirty look and the athlete took the cue and said, "No comment."

(An hour and change later, the karma changed when Canadian Jon Montgomery got what Uhlaender failed to get: a medal, gold at that).

Federation president Darrin Steele, a former bobbsledder, said he understood Uhlaender's disappointment with her performance, but "we have a tight schedule and she wants to go off and do her own thing so she misses out on things. We're all Team USA and we put our efforts behind all out athletes."

He said he had spoken to Uhlaender earlier in the week.

"I knew she was upset," he said. "I told her, 'You have to go out and compete. Stop whining about all this.'"

Instead of taking his advice or remembering her own promise of last year, Uhlaender did something her father never would have done.


She may have learned about competing from Ted Uhlaender, but she missed the lesson on class and sportsmanship.