Mellisa Hollingsworth Slides to Fifth at Altenberg World Cup
January 7, 2012
—Hollingsworth takesoverall World Cup lead despite podium miss—
ALTENBERG, Ger.—Mellisa Hollingsworth capped offan emotional week for Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes with afifth-place finish at the skeleton World Cup in Altenberg, Germany on Saturday.
Aftermaking the difficult decision to compete in Altenberg following the seriouscrash earlier in the week that sent three members of the Canada 2 bobsleigh tohospital, Hollingsworth and her teammates Amy Gough and Sarah Reid, hit thestart line with the names of the bobsleigh athletes on their sleds.
Acontroversial week continued on Saturday as heavy snow forced the cancellationof the opening women’s skeleton run, making it a one-run race. The 31-year-oldHollingsworth, of Eckville, Alta., battled through the conditions and theteam’s emotions to clock a fifth-place time of 1:00.31 down the 17-cornertrack.
“It was asuper tough day mentally and emotionally for everyone,” said Hollingsworth. “Icouldn’t help but think of the boys in the accident especially when I wassliding through corner 16. My runs weren’t that great today, but I am okay withthat right now. This week really put things into perspective to what ourpriorities should be.”
Twosports that usually operate independently of each other were definitely unitedunder the Canadian flag with Chris Spring, Graeme Rinholm, Bill Thomas and TimRandall in all of their thoughts for a speedy recovery.
“It waspretty amazing to have the rest of the bobsleigh team come to our race today,”said Hollingsworth, whose finished moved her into the overall World Cup leadand will wear the yellow bib next week when the circuit travels to Konigssee,Germany. “It made me realize how grateful I am to slide and represent mycountry with incredible teammates.”
Two otherCanadians joined Hollingsworth in the race. Amy Gough, of Abbotsford, B.C.,finished in seventh spot with a time of 1:00.34, while Calgary’s Sarah Reidcracked the top-15, placing 14th at 1:01.72.
Germanygrabbed the top-two spots on the podium. Anja Huber was first at 59.87, whileKatharina Heinz was second at 59.97. Shelley Rudman, of Great Britain, grabbedthird place with a time of 59.99.
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Complete Results: www.fibt.com
Top-Five Women’s Skeleton Results:
1.Anja Huber, GER, 59.87; 2. Katharina Heinz, GER, 59.97; 3. Shelley Rudman, GBR,59.99; 4. Marion Thees, GER, 1:00.12; 5. Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville,Alta., CAN, 1:00.31
7.Amy Gough, Abbotsford, B.C., 1:00.34; 14. Sarah Reid, Calgary, 1:01.72