Katherine Reutter

  • Birth Place: Champaign, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Speed skater
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  • Was enrolled in a learn-to-skate program at the University of Illinois at age 4. Inspired by Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Bonnie Blair, who is also from Champaign, IL; Reutter also trained on Blair's slide board before she even met her (Blair's family gave it to the Reutters).Moved away from home at age 16 to live in a college dorm in Michigan to train for the Olympics, an experience that proved to be a challenge early on. Moved to Salt Lake City to compete for the national team at age 18. Made the U.S. Olympic team at the Olympic Trials in Marquette, MI, in September, 2009. Had her thigh signed by Stephen Colbert on The ColbertReport.Announced her retirement at age 24 in 2013 due to chronic back problems and hip surgeries, and started coaching at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee.Announced her return to competitive speed skating in 2016.

Relationships

  • Jay Reutter — Father
  • Beth Reutter — Mother

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