Always looking to poke holes in the Olympic movment, Repoz uncovered the following from the Washington Post’s Patrick Vignal.
American skeleton medal contender Katie Uhlaender (above) says she uses advice from her father, a former top baseball player, to keep her cool at her first Olympics.
The 21-year-old Uhlaender’s father, Ted (above, played eight seasons of major league baseball with the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“He reminds me not to worry and to stick things out,” Uhlaender, who scored two podium finishes on the World Cup circuit this season, told reporters after Monday’s training at the Cesana track.
“His first at-bat was in Yankee stadium in front of 60,000 people with Mickey Mantle in center field and he had to step out of the batter’s box,” she added. “But he realized that those same champions took the same first steps that he was taking.”
Ted’s first game at Yankee Stadium was the 55th or so of his career. The attendance was only 17811.
But, to his credit…Uhlaender did not say he served in Viet Nam or invent the Sloppy Joe mix.
George Lynch, J.T. Leroy and Grandpa Al Lewis, all unavailable for comment.