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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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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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Silver medal at World Championships

Right on track for Sochi… After a disappointing 5th place at the 2010 Olympics in Whistler a new 4-year plan was put in place. Duff Gibson the Head coach of the Canadian Skeleton team since the spring of 2010 sat me down and said, “If you continue on to Sochi 2014 we have to focus on consistency at World Championships”. Having won the Overall World Cup title twice in my career that was a hard mental shift for me to make. I always want to be challenging for the Overall Crystal Globe, but after Whistler, I realized I want to … Continue reading

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St Moritz

9:34pm January 18th I got the phone call we all dread… It was my stepmom Tammy calling me to let me know my Dad was in the hospital and they think he has a blockage in his heart… I was trying to retain all of the information she was giving me, but my mind started to spin out of control… Blockage? What does that mean? Surgery? What kind?? Repairs may be necessary depending on the damage… What damage?? I’m sure she repeated herself a few times in our conversation, but Tam has a way of being overly positive and when … Continue reading

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Konigssee brings change

This week in Konigssee, Germany has flown by! After an extremely emotional week in Altenberg, Germany I took a timeout and spent a day in Igls, Austria with my boyfriend Paul who was racing on the Europa cup circuit. A big snowstorm rolled in and the race I travelled to watch got cancelled so I was actually able to have a full day off, exactly what I needed to reenergize, collect my thoughts and be ready to race. The mood of the team was pretty low after the devastating crash with our bobsleigh team and a disappointing race in Altenberg. … Continue reading

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Devastation…Perspective brought in Altenberg

Altenberg Germany… A stop on tour that I dread every year because I’m waiting to see what bad incident is going to take place. Every year we have something drastic happen, whether I get too sick to race or have been sick early in the week so I don’t perform to my potential. Then there are the traumatic crashes that most sliders can say they have experienced on this track and had the ability to be able to walk away from it. This year the unimaginable happened where 3 of my bobsleigh teammates were rushed to hospital, 1 of them … Continue reading

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Winterberg living up to its name

Winterberg Don’t let the door hit you on your way out… 1hr ago you were the world cup leader wearing the yellow bib, now you finished 13th & failed to qualify for the top 10 finale run tomorrow… Yesterday’s golden child… Today’s scrub…. Trust me…It was all said in good humor & I was glad our physio Tyson said it… I was laughing because there wasn’t anything else I could do… It was the 1st time in my career I wouldn’t qualify for a final run. Winterberg, Germany… I swear it is the black hole of this earth… I’ve never … Continue reading

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Victory in France!

La Plagne, France! Race highlights http://www.youtube.com/user/bobskeletv This stop on tour was a last minute replacement when the 2006 Olympic track in Cesana, Italy was cancelled. I was somewhat disappointed when the international federation made the change 1) I have had a little bit of success in Cesana and 2) I haven’t slid La Plagne in 11 years… I wasn’t so sure if I was wanted to go back to this abrupt , high g-force track. All I could remember about this track was that a new roof system had to be installed because sleds were actually getting launched out of … Continue reading

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Bronze in World Cup opener

  Another great start to a World Cup season with a Bronze medal performance in Igls, Austria!! I had a lot of reflection this week, as this was the 3rd track I ever slid on in my career and won a bronze medal here in 1996. I also won my 1st World Championship medal here in 2000 (silver). As a competitor of course the goal is to be the best, but for some reason where I am at in my career and my life I’ve completely stopped thinking about the end result… given up on expectations and solely focus on … Continue reading

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