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 →
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 →
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 →