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Katie Uhlaender leads in skeleton

Updated: February 23, 2012, 4:15 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Katie Uhlaender sat in the finish house at Mount Van Hoevenberg, snow swirling all around outside, and exhaled, a smile creasing her face after another challenge met.

After two runs -- halfway through the women's race at the skeleton world championships -- Uhlaender held the lead.

"I'm pretty happy with where I'm at," said Uhlaender, of Breckenridge, Colo. "This is a blessing for me because the doctors didn't know if I'd make it back. To be competing at this level, ...

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