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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

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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Teamwork

Teamwork     Most of you have never heard of a place called Winterberg, Germany, I like to refer to it as a black hole on this Earth. It is guaranteed that you will spend the majority of your time there very wet from the rain and very cold. But when you do get a day that you can see the hillside, your mood jumps and a smile appears. Living on the road and staying in places like this in a stressful competitive environment can make it difficult for a team. Different personalities with different breaking points. I have to … Continue reading

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Defeat to Victory

Ok I apologize for not having my updates on time. I came down with a wicked cold the day of my Lake Placid race and it was a big sign that my body and my mind needed a break. So I took it. I gave myself permission to be sick for 2 days then did the Christmas tour of seeing family and friends. Just before New Years I disappeared to rest, I slept 12 hours a day and I felt like my shoulders dropped a couple of inches from allowing myself to have a break. Let me touch on the … Continue reading

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Timing lesson in Park City

Timing – “The regulation of occurrence, pace, or coordination to achieve a desired effect, as in music, the theater, athletics, or mechanics”   I was sitting in the hot tub tonight with 2 of my teammates when we got talking about our “early” days in Skeleton. The 3 of us all come from different generations of sliders so we were reminiscing what it was like when we first started sliding and the journey it has taken us on. Because I was 15 when I started this sport and my cousin Ryan Davenport is a 2x World Champion and sled builder, … Continue reading

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Calgary World Cup Race

Adversity – “Misfortune”   Well that definition implies luck is involved… and I don’t believe in luck… well I believe “luck is when preparation meets opportunity”.   In 16 years of competing and 15 of them on the World Cup tour I have never pushed out of the groove… until my 82nd International competition at Calgary, AB Dec 2, 2010. I was sitting in 3rd place after the 1st run. Excited and confident I would move up because I didn’t run far enough with the sticky groove and had a 12th ranked start time then the reading on the groove … Continue reading

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Finally! Podium in Whistler!

Nostalgic – sentimental recollection…   That’s exactly what I felt the 1st day I arrived at the Whistler Sliding Centre, 9 months after the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. I walked up the track examining the profiles of the ice to prepare myself for my 1st run of the season and when I got to the bend away (corner 8) I took a moment for myself and sat on the wall and replayed my 4th and final Olympic run in my mind, where I came out of corner 7 and smashed the right wall and it sent me into the left … Continue reading

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Welcome to Whistler

Back on the Whistler track! It has been great to hit the fast speeds over 135km/hr we still have more in the tank because top speeds here are approaching 145km/hr so stay tuned for some good stories!  It was an eventful trip out to Whistler, I decided to make the drive myself in one day the back route through Cache Creek and all was smooth until the last hour of my trip where I hit a snow storm, was down to one lane of snow covered road through the mountains with fog. I hadn’t seen another vehicle in over 100km … Continue reading

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