First time Olympian, Katherine Reutter skated her heart out. Her award was the Olympic Silver medal in the 1000m Women’s short track. This marks the first individual medal US women have had in short track since 1994. In an interview,”…Katherine Reutter promised to fight tooth and nail to win.” which is exactly what she did. Thanks to skater, Apolo Ohno, much more attention has been given to this event at the 2010 Winter Games. Although, the women are not shown at quite “primetime” yet, we are just happy to have their events televised. This allows obsessed professional sports psychologists, like me, to actually see more of these less popular sports. In fact, Katherine began working with a sports psychologist to assist her to cope better competitive issues.
Katherine is simply a small town talented athlete from the midwest who loves her country. From Champaign, Illinois, she faithfully commuted to St. Louis for training in speedskating from a young age. She was thrilled to be an Olympian representing her country. Katherine stated,“It’s an honor to represent my country.” Prior to the Olympics, she envisioned herself as a trainer, dietician, and tv fitness show host. She’s back to college after the Olympics so we will all see where her journey takes her.
Upon winning the silver, she loudly exclaimed,” I love everybody so much, I love everyone in the stands tonight, and I love my flag, I love my country.” Well, Katherine you are a shining example of what the Olympic spirit is all about.