In the prelude to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Katherine Reutter was labeled “one-to-watch,” an athlete with breakout star potential. Hailing from the same hometown (Champaign, IL) as the speedskating legend Bonnie Blair, Reutter had big skates to fill. She was profiled by nearly every major media outlet, including an NBC reality show “My First Time” following her journey to The Games. In Vancouver Reutter delivered, setting a new American record and claiming two Olympic medals (silver and bronze) in the process. She had become the first U.S. woman in 16 years to earn an individual event medal. The future of U.S. speedskating had arrived.
Since then, she has become a dominant force on the international speedskating circuit and has now been on World Cup podiums around the globe an astonishing 34 times. During the 2011 season she added 14 medals to her collections, along with two World Cup individual event championship titles (1000m and 1500m) and the overall World Cup Champion title. Including U.S. National Championship titles, her career medal haul stands at 42. In 2013, she announced her retirement.
A very talented and natural public speaker, Katherine is also an avid ‘clean eater’ who enjoys spending time in the kitchen experimenting with fresh, local ingredients … though she confesses to a deep seated love of ice cream. Yoga is her relaxation method of choice. Her first significant purchase post-Olympics was rebuilding the foundation of her family home in Champaign, a tribute to the foundation of support her parents provided on route to fulfilling her Olympic dream.