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Winterberg living up to its name

Winterberg Don’t let the door hit you on your way out… 1hr ago you were the world cup leader wearing the yellow bib, now you finished 13th & failed to qualify for the top 10 finale run tomorrow… Yesterday’s golden child… Today’s scrub…. Trust me…It was all said in good humor & I was glad our physio Tyson said it… I was laughing because there wasn’t anything else I could do… It was the 1st time in my career I wouldn’t qualify for a final run. Winterberg, Germany… I swear it is the black hole of this earth… I’ve never … Continue reading

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Victory in France!

La Plagne, France! Race highlights http://www.youtube.com/user/bobskeletv This stop on tour was a last minute replacement when the 2006 Olympic track in Cesana, Italy was cancelled. I was somewhat disappointed when the international federation made the change 1) I have had a little bit of success in Cesana and 2) I haven’t slid La Plagne in 11 years… I wasn’t so sure if I was wanted to go back to this abrupt , high g-force track. All I could remember about this track was that a new roof system had to be installed because sleds were actually getting launched out of … Continue reading

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Bronze in World Cup opener

  Another great start to a World Cup season with a Bronze medal performance in Igls, Austria!! I had a lot of reflection this week, as this was the 3rd track I ever slid on in my career and won a bronze medal here in 1996. I also won my 1st World Championship medal here in 2000 (silver). As a competitor of course the goal is to be the best, but for some reason where I am at in my career and my life I’ve completely stopped thinking about the end result… given up on expectations and solely focus on … Continue reading

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From my view

I haven’t had the chance to write about the beginning of my new venture on the Rodeo trail, but the experience I had this past Sunday at Hand Hills Pro Rodeo was like no other. I have been very fortunate to be supported in this decision to buy my Pro Permit to Barrel Race by my sponsors, family, friends, media and the rodeo community. To put it simply my intentions are to JUST DO IT! I’ve dreamt about barrel racing and riding at the big rodeos since I was a little girl and when the opportunity presented itself I’d be … Continue reading

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Grande Prairie Stompede – Pro debut.

On a cold day in Grande Prairie, Canadian Olympian Mellisa Hollingsworth made her professional debut.

However, watching her pound across a muddy cloverleaf course on a horse was a far cry from the sleek, icy skeleton track she raced down at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Continue reading

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Summer Plans…

So I've had to be somewhat quiet about my summer plans, but I can finally share my new venture with everyone! I've bought my Pro Permit and I am going to be doing my best to soak up every second of this opportunity… What is the line… 3 Barrels, 2 Hearts, 1 Dream…  (Click here to read the Calgary Herald article)  So stay tuned for some more blogs and pictures this summer!!

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Bronze at World Championships!

11 years…   I started sliding Skeleton in 1995 in Calgary, AB the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. In 1996 I took my 1st trip overseas and competed in my 1st World cup, well it was called “Ladies FIBT cup” but same difference, in Kongissee, Germany and won a Silver medal. This track was built in 1968 and definitely reflects its age in its architectural design. It’s the first permanent, artificially refrigerated track, but instead of having the classic concrete snake design hidden in the mountains it has dark wood panels covering the concrete and short walls don’t exist … Continue reading

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1 year Olympic Anniversary

With the one-year anniversary of the Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Games upon us, I’ve had many different thoughts and emotions about my journey and the unexpected heartbreaking outcome.

From the time I was seven years old watching the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Olympians became my role models. The most influential to me were Catriona Le May Doan and Marnie McBean, standing out more because of their personalities and confidence while doing something most of us thought unimaginable – winning Olympic gold. Continue reading

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Bitter Sweet

Bitter-sweet…   Here I am in Cesana, Italy the 2006 Olympic track where I won an Olympic Bronze medal and I have felt bitter-sweet all week. How can you not have so much gratitude when you have the best cappuccino and wine in the world? Especially with the most amazing backdrop of snowcapped mountains and breathtaking sunsets. The sun so hot I think I have a bit of a burn on my face. And then have the worst race result in 6 years placing 9th… disgust… But that is how this track has been for me from the beginning. I … Continue reading

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Privilege-   That’s exactly the word I said to myself as I put my sled down on the ice for my 2nd run sitting in 2nd behind Shelley Rudman of Great Brittan by 9/100ths at St. Mortiz, Switzerland. The history of this “natural” track built from real snow and ice without the help of a refrigeration plant pumping ammonia thru a concrete structure to hold ice. This track uses trees on the mountainside as support beams; relies on the trees and mountains to shade the track and the sun to heat the snow and ice to act as a natural … Continue reading

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