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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Merry Christmas!

Check out this article from the Calgary Herald

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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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