Mellisa Hollingsworth Shakes out Gold Medal at Skeleton World Cup in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Mellisa Hollingsworth slid to the fourth World Cup skeleton victory of her career after winning in dominant fashion in on Friday afternoon. Lake Placid, N.Y.
The 29-year-old Hollingsworth captured her first-ever victory in
“Training definitely didn’t indicate the outcome this week, but I woke up today and decided I wanted to win today,” said Hollingsworth, who made her 18th trip to the World Cup podium. “I just felt why not me today, and I went out there and just put it down.”
One of the most humble athletes off the playing field, Hollingsworth has struggled on the challenging
“It is so abrupt and the transitions are so quick,” said Hollingsworth following the medals ceremony. “When you cross the finish line you feel like you spent a minute in a washing machine and have a little shaken baby syndrome.”
One of the most dominant skeleton athletes in the world, Hollingsworth is off to a similar start to this Olympic season as her breakthrough campaign in 2006 where she went on to become the first athlete ever to podium in all eight World Cup races, including the Olympic Winter Games where she finished third. The rodeo Queen off the track won a bronze medal at the season-opening World Cup last weekend in
“My top goal is to head to the Olympics in Whistler, and wear the number one bib like I did four years ago,” said Hollingsworth, who won the overall World Cup title during the 2006 campaign. “I continue to get better each race, and I hope to take what I’ve learned in these first two weeks with me to
Hollingsworth was joined on the podium by Shelley Rudman, of
Two other Canadian women also squeaked into the prestigious top-eight, chalking up another Olympic qualifier under their names. Canada’s 32-year-old Amy Gough, of Abbotsford, B.C., clocked a two-run time of 1:56.01 to put her in sixth spot, while Michelle Kelly, of Fort St. John, B.C., was tied for seventh at 1:56.06. Gough was also on the podium last weekend in
The Canadian squad is working together as a team to stay in the top-two nations in the world, which will guarantee them three sleds in the Olympic race this February in Whistler, B.C.
Meanwhile, the Canadian men struggled to find the fast line to the podium on the challenging
The World Cup continues on Saturday in
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Top-Five Women’s Results:
1.Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., 1:54.85; 2. Shelley Rudman, GBR, 1:55.08; 3. Marion Trott, GER, 1:55.13; 4. Amy Williams, GBR, 1:55.36; 5. Noelle Pikus-Pace,
Other Canadian Results:
6. Amy Gough, Abbotsford, B.C., 1:56.01; T7. Michelle Kelly,
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1. Frank Rommel, GER, 1:50.88; 2. Sandro Stielicke, GER, 1:51.36; 3. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 1:51.37; 4. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 1:51.50; 5. Eric Bernotas,
12. Jon Montgomery,