Uhlaender a mystery as a weightlifter

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Katie Uhlaender doesn't know what to expect at the U.S. Olympic women's weighlifting trials.

And no one really knows what to expect out of her on Sunday.

She comes in ranked 15th in a field vying for just two spots. But underestimating the two-time Winter Olympian in the skeleton has cost other competitors before.

Uhlaender, the daughter of former major league outfielder Ted Uhlaender, believes that weightlifting is just a natural offshoot for her since she already lifts to prepare for her winter sport. Relatively new to weightlifting -- this is only her fourth event -- she is an unproven underdog.

So she is approaching it as a learning experience that will pay dividends down the road.