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Category Archives: 2012/13 Season

THE SEASON IS OVER!!!!!

  Finally is the word that comes to my mind. We raced in Sochi, Russia to wrap up a very unsuccessful season for me. I know most people are starting to get excited about the Olympics next year and the intrigue of Russia, but I wasn’t excited to come here. I hope it wasn’t a self-fulfilling prophecy, but it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I guess it doesn’t help that I arrived and got the flu and spent 3 days in bed sleeping. The 4th sickness of the season, I will be getting a flu shot … Continue reading

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World Championships 2013

World Championships 2013 in St. Moritz Switzerland didn’t play out how we planned 3 years ago. When I committed to another 4 year cycle after the 2010 Olympics, my coach Duff Gibson and I sat down and mapped out a plan. To focus only on the World Championships as we head into the Sochi Olympics. It was very clear that I struggle in the big races with only 1 World Championship medal to my name at that point. We started to turn that around in 2011 with a Bronze and 2012 a Silver. It was only natural to want to … Continue reading

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Struggling

I didn’t think it was going to be a year like it has been… best way to describe it is: STRUGGLING   After a career worst finish of 19th in Altenberg, Germany my body had enough and for the 3rd time since the end of September I was down and out sick again. Sliding is hard enough on our heads with headaches and face smashes on the ice. But having inner ear pressure issues makes it really difficult to stay relaxed and feel the ice on your sled. Day 1 in Kongissee, Germany the ice looked in mint condition and … Continue reading

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If you ain’t 1st you’re last….

  I just lived that in Altenberg, Germany. The track I dread the most on the tour. The track was built for the East Germans prior to the 1988 Calgary Olympics. It was supposed to mock the Calgary design but be a bit more difficult so the Germans would be ready. It also was built so it isn’t visible from the air; a complete secret back in the day. I wish it was still a secret… I had my 2nd ever crash here in 2001. Yes it was a long time ago, but when I stand at the top of … Continue reading

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Lessons & Positives

No matter what the situation there is always a lesson to be learned… or a positive to be drawn… But right now after I have finished a disappointing, haunting 5th place at the Whistler World Cup I am having a really tough time finding “the lesson” and a “positive”….   Back the truck up… When we first came to Whistler in March of 2008 the Canadian Skeleton team was full of energy knowing this was OUR house and we would host the world in the 2010 Olympic Games. I remember being a sponge and excited about absolutely everything! How amazing … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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