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Colorado's Uhlaender reacts to Russian Olympic ban

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Team USA skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender Team USA skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender

A Colorado Olympian whose dreams of standing on the medal podium in Sochi were dashed by a doping Russian says she feels "elated" that Russia has been banned from the 2018 games in South Korea.  Katie Uhlaender, a skeleton racer, finished fourth in 2014, one place behind Russia's Elena Nikitina, who last month was stripped of her bronze medal for illegal doping during the Sochi games.

"To take it a step further and let the world know that a conspiracy to cheat the Olympic movement will not be stood for has re-inspired me and many athletes for the system and the Olympic movement," Uhlaender told News 5 Tuesday by phone from Germany.  Uhlaender and other Olympic athletes who were denied medals due to Russian athletes implicated in the doping scandal will receive their hardware in special ceremonies in PyeongChang, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Chairman Thomas Bach told reporters Tuesday in Switzerland.  "We will do our best to organize ceremonies for athletes during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to try to make up for the moments they have missed on the finish line or the podium," Bach said.

"I feel as though a big weight was lifted off my shoulders," Uhlaender said.  "I am elated that the IOC and (World Anti-Doping Agency) have taken steps toward clean sport and it has re-inspired me and made me even more excited to compete in Korea."

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