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Sportsnet Mission to Sochi

A great profile on my 2014 Olympic journey. Thank you to my family and friends who keep me close to my roots and all Canadians who helped motivate me every day to dig up the courage to step into the ring of this intense battle. Click on the link below to watch the video   Sportsnet Mission to Sochi  

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Road to Russia

It’s time to get back on ice! 1 week away from sliding down the Calgary track and we have been really busy training. With it being Olympic year media is around a lot and here is a great piece by Joe Stephenson @rx_films with my Road to Russia

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Final Push to World Championships

The schedule this season is different than past seasons. In Skeleton we always have World Championships at the end of the season. But this year because we have the Olympic Test World Cup in Sochi, Russia has been placed at the end of the season due to logistics. Worlds are in St. Moritz, Switzerland the most unique track on tour. In the summer it is a cow pasture. In the winter a sliding track is built from snow and ice with trees used as support beams for us to fly down the mountain at speeds of over 135km/hr. It is … Continue reading

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La Plagne, France

  Ouch… That’s what I remember as I exited corner 17 on the quick, abrupt, high g-force La Plagne track. More importantly what I COULDN’T remember was corner 17… As you know Skeleton sleds do not have brakes so when I came out of the finish corner (19) I started to drag my sled on the wall as I always do to prevent hitting the crash pads and potentially damaging my runners. But as I was heading up the steep braking stretch I came to an early stop and didn’t even make it up the outrun… I guess this means … Continue reading

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Good ol'Winterberg

Winterberg… I was telling myself the last 2 weeks this is my favorite place in the whole world!!! Gosh I hate lying to myself!!! Our physio Tyson Plesuk & I set very realistic goals for this race. Just get a 2nd run… Last season when they had the trial 3 heat format we all were a bit cocky with our attitudes, all we have to do is finish in the top 10 to qualify for the 3rd heat. Well we had a huge snow storm and I finished 13th… So this year, no assumptions were made, just set the goal… … Continue reading

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GOLDEN day for Canada

  World Cup season was kicked off in Lake Placid, NY and with Hurricane Sandy not far away, weather was sketchy in the east. With the extreme winds the track crew had to make a tough decision and roll up the blinds on the track so the wind and the sun combined the ice on the track melted. With only a couple of days to go until official training, we were sliding on the roughest ice I have seen in a while. I don’t deal well with abrupt style tracks as it is, and then to actually have my sled … Continue reading

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Pre Season Update

What an intense summer… I was over-eager to get barrel racing as soon as I was home from World championships and I didn’t take the time necessary to get myself ready. The middle of March I hit a barrel so hard I had to get stitches in my leg and I had to turn out of all the indoor rodeos. So I had to wait til the end of May and the Grande Prairie “Stompede” to kick off my season. Honestly I didn’t accomplish what I set out to do this summer. I hit a lot of barrels and had … 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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