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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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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-   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     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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