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Merry Christmas!

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Snowed out in Italy

What a weird week! We show up to Cesana, Italy in the snow and that is how it stayed. Our race was officially cancelled due to snow! I have never seen the snow fall like that in my entire life! Vehicles completely buried and avalanches closing the roads, it was so surreal! We didn’t even get a chance to slide down the track, we were snowed in at the Olympic training center until Wednesday morning when we decided to go to Konigssee to get some training runs in before the World Cup in January. It was bitter sweet for me, … Continue reading

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Igls-Mistakes Happen…

Mistakes Happen… What a whirlwind of a week! Trying to recover from the worst illness I’ve ever experienced to only get hit with a wicked cold as soon as the puking stopped! But now that I’m starting to feel alive again, boy do I ever appreciate even mediocre days! Training in Igls, Austria was pretty frustrating. I didn’t feel like myself on my sled and it was incredibly difficult to find my spirit and it resulted in bad sliding. Luckily the night before my race my coach Kelly sat down with me and brought me back to the head space … Continue reading

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Calgary Stampede buys Hollingsworth bucking horse

Check out the article in the Calgary Herald http://www.calgaryherald.com/Sports/Stampede+picks+bucking+horse/1051522/story.html LAS VEGAS The Calgary Stampede brought 14 bucking horses to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. They'll be taking 15 home. A new one was added to the herd during the WNFR's weekend bucking horse sale. He's a five-year-old dark bay stallion and cost the Stampede $20,500 US, the highest price paid at the sale. And it all went to a Canadian Olympian now training in Germany. The horse was owned by Mellisa Hollingsworth, the 2006 Olympic skeleton bronze medallist from Eckville. Her dad Darcy, who raises and supplies bucking horses to … Continue reading

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Dying in Altenberg

This is only the 3rd time in my 14 year sliding career I've had to drop out of a race… The 1st time was in 1997 in La Plange, France where I was so ill my teammate, Pascal Richard, refused to let me slide in training and still in his florescent green, skin tight training suit, he threw his winter jacket on and his sorrel winter boots and took me to the doctor in the village. I was out of commission for a couple of days having dreams about my funeral and my social studies teacher being upset at me … Continue reading

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Bronze at Winterberg World Cup Opener

What a surprise! My first podium finish on the Winterberg, Germany track. This track is so frustrating for sliders because it is an easy track to get down, but very difficult to find speed. You can feel like you’ve had the perfect run and come across the finish line dog slow, which leaves you perplexed and panicked. Fortunately I didn’t have to experience that for my first World cup race of the 2008/09 season. It was a great day in respect of my head space. I was so calm and relaxed, probably too relaxed looking at my poor start times, … Continue reading

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Goodbyes are sad…

This entry had to wait until respective sponsors were notified… Goodbyes are sad… Today I had to say goodbye to my best friend as an athlete. Lindsay Alcock retired from a successful 10 year Skeleton career at the peak of her physical condition. This entry may appear very selfish on my behalf, but it shows the impact Lindsay has had on my life. Now you can understand my bawling fit from Whistler. It was the first time I was aware that Lindsay was serious about retirement. I was extremely sad first and foremost, seeing that she had a world of … Continue reading

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2008 World Cup team decided in Lake Placid

Before i start writing my update, check out the feature on the Globe and Mail website: http://www.globesports.com/others An in depth look on what else goes into being an athlete. Great job Donna Spencer from The Canadian Press Calgary. Good ol’ Lake Placid will be the sight of the 2009 Skeleton World Championships, so we were very fortunate to get a week of training as well as a race in before the big event. The unfortunate part of the week is that I wasn’t able to take full advantage of the training…due to a burger that had a slightly greenish tinge … Continue reading

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Selection Races 1 & 2

Ok… I’m sorry I'm so behind on my updates! Summer flew by, my days were filled with dry land training and therapy and riding horses (therapy for my mind!) We had a bit of an upset this June when Duane was steer wrestling and tore his hamstring off of his pelvis! An extremely painful injury and required surgery and a committed, lengthy recovery that he has been dealing with amazingly. That meant his hazing horse was going to have the summer off and I started to play around on the barrels with him. I was about to make my barrel … Continue reading

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