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It Happens…

Bumper Sticker Guy: [running after Forrest] Hey man! Hey listen, I was wondering if you might help me. ‘Cause I’m in the bumper sticker business and I’ve been trying to think of a good slogan, and since you’ve been such a big inspiration to the people around here I thought you might be able to help me jump into – WOAH! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dog shit!

Forrest Gump: It happens.

Bumper Sticker guy: What, shit?

Forrest Gump: Sometimes.


Yep it does… that’s about all I have to say about that…


After some great training in Park City Utah for World Cup #2 it appeared that I’d easily walk away with another Olympic qualifier and most likely on the podium… but corner 5 would have something else in mind for me. I was letting things run pretty free on my 1st run and got a great entry into corner 5. A place where I was struggling all week because there is a “sweet” spot so you don’t hit the wall or go over the bump too abruptly and get late height. I must have been congratulating myself and I missed my steer so I got stuck on corner and late height which sent me drifting left to right for an extremely late entry into corner 6… the pressure sent me to the roof and I dropped and I was trying to even the looping out, but it was already too out of control and I hit the entry of corner 7 pretty hard… I don’t remember the last time I made that mistake on this track… with it being a pusher’s track that is relatively simple to get down and very short it would be pretty difficult for me to make up time. After heat 1 I was sitting in 8th spot… Again, I don’t remember the last time I was in this spot without conditions being a factor. There was an opportunity for me to make up some ground on the 2nd run if I slid like I did all week. I pushed a personal best and loaded on my sled and it just wasn’t there. I was correcting and overcorrecting and not present on my sled… Had a sloppy run and was able to move up 1 position but that was my best on the day… Some times S#@T just happens…


I felt ashamed of my performance as I was getting off my sled and I turned around knowing my friends Brian & Tammy Fischer would be standing there, making the trip from Texas. As I greeted them my eyes continued down the rail to the other 4 people standing beside them and it was my FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!! My eyes instantly welled up with tears as I gasped and said “DAD, what are you doing here?!!!!!!???” My Dad, my stepmom Tammy, my sister Laramie, my Grandma, my Auntie Ang & cousin Tenneille all spontaneously jumped in their vehicles and drove 17hrs to watch my race… I really wish I had been on my game for their efforts to come watch… but knowing they love me regardless of how I perform I was probably the happiest athlete that just had a terrible race in the history of sport. Perspective…


The Utah Olympic Park specifically RJ Shannon, was super accommodating to put Brian & Tammy Fischer down in their tourist bobsled “The Comet”. We headed back to the track before the woman’s bobsled race so Tammy could experience a little bit of my world as she has bent over backwards to help me in her world of barrel racing. They got down the track safely and fast and they both wanted to take the next step and drive themselves!! So I can see a future date of getting them both on a Skeleton when the opportunity arises!!


We just got to Whistler and I feel refreshed from having some balance with family and friends taking the time to visit me. It’s the fastest track in the world with the best athletes sliding down it… Guaranteed spectacular race so make sure you come out and cheer us on or catch it on Watch Whistler World Cup live on this channel this Friday & Saturday Woman’s skeleton is Friday Nov 23 at 10am PST, Men’s Skeleton Saturday Nov 24 at 3pm PST


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  1. Nora Gompf
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    You continue to be the best in our eyes Mellisa! Love those awesome reports you write that are so real and true. Keep well and happy days in Whistler.

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