By Armand Whyte, OSL
Veteran Canadian winter athlete Melissa Hollingsworth has competed since 1995.
She won bronze in the skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she finished 5th.
In the 2011 World Championships in Konigsee she won bronze in the women's and mixed team events.
Melissa Hollingsworth was born October 4, 1980 in Eckville, Alberta, Canada.
Career facts: Hollingsworth has competed since 1995. She won the bronze medal in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She won the women's Skeleton World Cup overall title in 2005-6 and in 2009-10.
She was a Canadian medal hope at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
After three runs, she was in second position behind Amy Williams of Great Britain. In the final run, despite a personal best start time of 4.93 seconds, she fell behind and finished fifth overall.
Did you know? Hollingsworth is the cousin of Ryan Davenport, who won three medals in the men's skeleton event at the FIBT World Championships in the late 1990s.
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Charity work: She is an athlete ambassador for Right To Play and spokesperson for Unicef. Hollingsworth has traveled to Ghana, Africa with Right To Play.
World Champion! Has a nice ring to it. Yes, this was the goal at the beginning of the season, building momentum, attempting to do my absolute best on every track in the world to see if I was capable of success with such diversity. Not only are all the tracks in the world different, but every week is different. Confidence, environment, health, training; it all plays a part in the outcome at the end.
There were weeks that I could have crawled in a hole and hid from the world. But in the end on race day it is what you make of it. When I stand on the line ultimately it is me, my sled (White Lightening) and the track and nothing else matters.
Website: Official Melissa Hollingsworth site.
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