February 27, 2009

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Mellisa Hollingsworth led a trio of Canadian women to a sixth-place finish at the 2009 Skeleton World Championships on Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y.


The 28-year-old Eckville, Alta. native struggled to find perfection on the 20-curve 1,455-metre track, which is coined as one of the most difficult in the world. Hollingsworth clocked a four-run combined time of 3:49.29 to finish as the top Canuck.


“I had problems out here all week and it continued over the last two days,” said Hollingsworth following the race. “I had problems in corner 12 on every run which cost me about six kilometers and when you lose that much speed there is nothing you can do.”


The Olympic bronze medallist enjoyed an up and down year in her final competitive tune-up season before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Despite a challenging stint where she missed the first race of her 14-year career prior to the holidays with the flu, Hollingsworth captured four World Cup medals including the third gold medal of her career. She also added a silver and two bronze medals before all was said and done.


“I think I really learned a lot this year and to be able to continue learning after 14 years in the sport is a good thing,” said Hollingsworth. “Overall, I am very happy. I had four podium finishes including my third victory. I’m excited to get back to Whistler for our spring camp and I am feeling fresh and excited for a summer of training.”


The German women dominated the 2009 World Championships, stealing two of three spots on the podium. Germany’s Marion Trott clocked a track record of 55.45 as the first sled down in the opening heat and never looked back. The Overall World Cup winner posted a four-run winning time of 3:47.97. Amy Williams, of Great Britain, moved up two spots in Friday’s final two heats to win the silver at 3:48.56, while Germay’s Kerstin Szymkowiak was third (3:48.61).


Two other Canadian women also took aim at the world’s best. Amy Gough, of Abbotsford, B.C., grabbed the final spot in the top-10 with a time of 3:49.67, while Michelle Kelly, of Fort St. John, B.C., was 3:50.43.


The World Championships continue on Saturday in Lake Placid with the final two runs of the men’s skeleton race. The four-man bobsleigh competition runs Saturday and Sunday.


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Top-Five Women’s Skeleton Results:

1. Marion Trott, GER, 3:47.97; 2. Amy Williams, GBR, 3:48.56; 3. Kerstin Szymkowiak, GER, 3:48.61; 4. Anja Huber, GER, 3:49.18; 5. Emma Lincoln-Smith, AUS, 3:49.27.

Canadian Results:

6. Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., 3:49.29; 10. Amy Gough, Abbotsford, B.C., 3:49.67; 14. Michelle Kelly, Fort St. John, B.C., 3:50.43.



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